For most people, the weekend officially begins Friday once the workday comes to an end. Thoughts of spending time with friends, family, and having fun create a sense of relaxation and excitement. So why do the opposite feelings arise Sunday evening as you begin to prepare for the new week ahead?
The answer to this question varies from person to person, but Sunday evenings are often spent finishing up homework, packing school lunches, and preparing things for Monday morning. These tasks may feel mundane and repetitive but you have the power to perceive them differently. Instead of approaching Monday’s with indifference, view them as a new chapter filled with the opportunity to create a positive start to your week.
One of the ways I create a positive start to my week is to write down 5-10 things I’m grateful for the night before. I find by practicing this on a consistent basis my attitude towards the week ahead is much more positive. Instead of thinking negatively about starting a brand-new work week, I take a moment to appreciate how fortunate I am to have a job that provides a consistent source of income. Taking this approach, allows me to give my best efforts throughout my workday.
Practice Positive Affirmations
You don’t have to wait until Friday to decide whether or not it was a good week. Intentionally declaring your week is going to be great before it begins creates not only positive thoughts but positive actions. As you are getting ready on Monday morning repeat to yourself “I’m going to have a fantastic week.”
Create Positive Actions
When you claim good things for the week you will act in a manner that will bring these affirmations into existence. There are many ways you can create a positive start to your week through your actions.
- Meditating in the morning is a great way to create positive thoughts and actions. You can meditate during any time of the day, using different techniques. I like to meditate in the morning within the first 5-10 minutes of waking up. Usually, I will sit in bed and let my mind wander freely. Some days I will even listen to a guided meditation from one of my favorite apps, Insight Timer.
- Having all your things organized and ready to go limits the negative thoughts that come with rushing to beat the morning traffic. Spending time Sunday evening preparing everything you need for the next day allows you to have more time during the morning commute. I experience less negative thoughts associated with rushing when I prepare things the night before.
- Listening to an uplifting song while driving helps me to create a positive start to my week. I love all types of music genres, so my musical selection varies each day.
Find a Reason to Smile
Greeting someone with a smile on your way to work or once you arrive can have a positive influence not only on your day but on someone else’s day as well. You never know the struggles a person is going through. Offering a simple gesture such as a smile may mean the most to someone experiencing a difficult time.
You would be amazed how being sincere and polite to others can create a positive start to your week. With so much going on in our current society, it’s refreshing when we meet people who remind us of the good in humanity. Your simple act of generosity may turn someone’s day around and lead them to respond in a positive way. A chain reaction of positivity, similar to “passing the buck”, may even take place as a result of this single action.
You have the power to create a positive start to your week. Start today and continue to work on bringing positive thoughts, words, and actions into each day. It will take consistency for this to become second nature. Over time you will find yourself approaching every day with the same excitement you have for Friday.
Thanks for reading,