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Very few of us are excited to get to work on a Monday. All too often, we’re still recovering from a busy weekend or simply wishing we had one more day to rest.

But it’s important to realise how you feel on Monday can very well dictate your mood for the rest of the week. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of five unusual productivity boosters to help you out.

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

One good way to make sure you don’t spend your Monday mornings flustered and unnecessarily stressed is to prepare for it the Friday before.

Before you leave for the weekend, start on your to-do list, prepare all the files or documents you’re going to need on Monday morning and place everything where it will be easy for you to find first thing in the morning.

2. Make sure your to-do list is realistic

It’s tempting to list everything you know you need to get done, but we also know of the dread which fills you at the end of the day when nothing has been crossed off.

Two tips I’ve picked up over the years include implementing the ‘1-3-5 rule’ – writing down one big task, three medium tasks and five smaller tasks, and listing them in order of importance.

The next is to break your day up into hours. Rather than giving yourself the whole day to complete your nine tasks, put yourself on hourly deadlines. The time constraints force you to be more focused and limit the likelihood of procrastination.

3. Set a routine

Humans are creatures of habit, and being able to plan and anticipate how your day will turn out eliminates distractions or disruptions. Arrive at work at the same time every day, schedule your daily coffee breaks and lunch, and take regular breaks to avoid burnout.

4. Dress for success

There are Monday mornings where I’m tempted to put on the most comfortable clothes (read: sweat pants) and slouch my way into work. But how you look dictates how you feel, so once you start looking better, you’ll start feeling better, too.

Starting off the week looking and feeling great can only set you up for better things later on.

5. Feed the brain

Here’s a tip from our very own office: We start off every Monday morning with a 20-question pop quiz at 9am. It gets the team together to kick-start the day (and week) on a fun and engaging note, and everyone feels a bit more awake and energised when we get back to our desk to start the day proper.

Do you have any other tips to share?

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