5 Ways to Ensure You Have a Great Week
If you’re one of those people who dreads Mondays, feels tired and drags through the week just to make it to the weekend—listen up! This is not living, and I’m sure you feel it mentally, physically, and emotionally. Whether you have a job you enjoy or not, there are a few things you can do to improve your days to live a happier, more fulfilling life.
1. Get Your Head On Straight
When I say get your head on straight, what I really mean is take your days—and your life—into your own hands. Far too often we feel like we are in the situation we’re in, or we’re unhappy, because of someone else or something else. And while there may be factors that have played into your circumstances, the real reason is you. You have to own your life—your decisions, consequences of your actions, highs, and lows. Secondly, you have to live your life for yourself. Once you start thinking that a company or a person has control over you and your future, that’s when you lose yourself. You have many abilities and talents to offer the world, so shine your light and believe in what you’re capable of.
2. Prepare for the Week
One of the things I’m awful at (a work in progress!), but is a real deal-breaker is your weekly preparation. What do you struggle with during the middle of the week? What makes you feel like you’re running ragged? If it’s not getting enough exercise, eating fattening meals because you don’t have enough time, or not having a clean house—do something about it on Sunday or your day off when you have the chance to recuperate. For me, if I don’t plan out my posts and make a goals and a schedule for myself, I don’t feel like I accomplished anything that week, and in turn leads to poorer choices like my diet and exercise. If you know you don’t have the time or patience to do certain things throughout the week, the best thing you can do for yourself is to block out that time to ensure you set yourself up for personal (and hopefully professional!) success.
3. Get Up Early
They say the most successful people get up between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. And while this is especially difficult for me, I believe in it. Those who establish a routine for themselves and stick to it are bound to be successful. The morning allows you to get up and have a little time to yourself, whether that’s mediating, reading, or exercising, and starts your day off right. Although you’ll likely feel tired in the beginning, if you start acclimating your body to getting up earlier little by little, you’ll start to see a difference in your energy levels. This will likely enhance your productivity and mood levels as well because you’re not just dedicating time to your work, but making that time for yourself each day.
4. Don’t Skip Parts of Your Routine
With this being said, it’s easy to get off track. And when you skip something one time, it becomes easier to keep skipping out on a part or parts of your routine. So do yourself a favor (since you want to have a great week + be happy + be successful) and don’t skip parts of your routine! This includes getting up early, or brushing your teeth, or meditating, or writing in your journal—whatever has been working for you, just don’t skip it. It’s much more difficult to get back on the horse, so to speak, after falling off than to hold on and ride your horse.
5. It’s All about Balance
While you might be thinking, “I need some time to just relax!”—I feel you! No, having a routine doesn’t mean you can’t relax or have downtime. It doesn’t mean you can’t go out and socialize and do other things that are spontaneous and break your routine. Life is all about balance, and you have to be able to say okay, today I’m not going to do X because I’m going to do Y. But tomorrow, you have to make sure that you still do X. If you stay out late on Friday night and sleep in on Saturday, make sure you get up early on Sunday to get back into the swing of things. Don’t restrict yourself so much that you don’t enjoy life, because it’s not meant to be taken so seriously!
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