I have come across several memes saying that how work from home mothers don’t actually have weekends. I don’t completely agree with them. For on weekends, we do have the leisure of not setting the morning alarm or lolling around in bed a little bit more, because you don’t have to prepare lunchbox for your child or holler at him to get ready quickly for school. This feeling of meh stayed with me until Sunday afternoon for post lunch I was a bunch of nerves already moaning about the next morning. I realised that all this Monday morning stress was actually spoiling my weekend. So I took the matters in hand and brought in a few changes. Here are 8 ways smart work from home mommies beat Monday morning blues.
Plan in advance: Whoever said that “Failing to plan is planning to fail” couldn’t have been more right. Planning wins more than half the battle. By Friday evening or latest by Saturday morning, make notes on your phone or stick the note on the refrigerator about –
- What to pack in the school lunchbox
- Breakfast and lunch menu
- Project work of your child
- My work-related plan (I have a spread sheet with the entire week’s work plan fed into it.)
Believe me, it makes life so simpler when you don’t have to wake up on Monday morning thinking “what do I cook today?” or worse still “where do I start from?”
Keep things ready: Now, follow that plan and accordingly keep things ready for:
- Kitchen: Buy fruits and vegetables and grocery. Soak lentils and measure rice and keep it in a pan. I like to keep things ready in mini baskets the previous evening, so the next morning, I just have to take the basket out and get set to work. If you don’t have help, you might want to cut veggies and keep it ready to cook.
- Child’s school: Ask your child to set her bag and keep the uniform ready. Check if all project work is complete or craft supplies to be carried from home have reached the bag. Older kids are responsible, but with smaller kids, you need to check this.
- Work and others: While office going mommies prepare their office bag with essentials like water bottle, fruits, snack box, etc, I work from home, so I prepare my gym bag instead. The previous evening, I make sure to keep the water bottle, socks, protein powder, etc. in the gym bag.
Wake up early: On Monday morning, it helps to wake up just 5 minutes earlier than usual. I don’t know about you, but my mind and hands work a little find it difficult to catch up the tempo after a two-day break, so those extra 5 minutes come in handy.
Start with easier things: On waking up, I realise that I have a dozen things to finish before I can wake up my daughter – boil milk, tulsi water, cook lentils, soak rice, peel almonds and start picking up things from various corners of the house (I am sure there are elves in my home who set to work on messing up my place as soon as I turn in for the night). Jokes aside, I tackle the easiest chores first. My brain is still fuzzy and these mindless chores help me fully wake up.
Practise Pranayama: I start my week with Pranayama. These 15-min breathing exercises in peace and quiet helps me start my week on an energetic note. It also helps in keeping my lungs in a better shape, calms my mind, increases concentration and sharpens memory. And, they can be powerful weapons over the day as only a mother would know.
Go for a workout: After sending my daughter to school and keeping the tiffin ready for my husband, I head out to the gym. Missing Monday morning workout is a sin for me. A good day or week should always start with a good work out. Exercising releases serotonin or the happy hormones in your body and chases away those Monday morning blues. Also, I walk to the gym which helps me get some dose of my favourite sunshine.
Keep Mondays uncluttered: I try not to cram too much on Monday and keep it relatively lighter and freer, to avoid being overwhelmed. I also keep my Mondays free of work related phone calls. Instead, I devote the first day of the week to catch up on my blog statistics, write a new blog post and plan strategy for the week, etc.
Also, I don’t take phone calls on Monday mornings, they just eat into my work time and then I go spiralling into depression when I realise it is time for my daughter to come back home and I still haven’t finished my checklist. And if I absolutely have to take a phone call which permits use of hands, I use hands-free and do menial chores like taking off clothes drying on the clothes line, washing vegetables, arranging a cupboard, etc while talking. This way I utilise my time in a more productive way.
Give yourself food therapy: I am a strong advocate of food therapy. And, Monday morning, I am in extra need of it. For breakfast and lunch, I cook something simple, easy and lip-smacking-ly tasty. You need something interesting on your plate if you want to survive Monday morning.
Some handy tips for work from home mommies that will help you beat the Monday morning blues better:
- Remember, even the best plans can fail. Be prepared for things going wrong at the last minute. Your alarm might ditch you or your help might decide to not turn up. Keep alternate plans as what you can cook without help or giving butter-toast, fruits or dry snacks in your child’s lunchbox or just giving him a food coupon.
- Listen to soothing or soulful music/bhajan in the morning as soon as you get up or while cooking. It will calm you down.
- Dress up to the nines. Just because you are a stay at home mother and only people who see you are your domestic help, is not good enough reason to be in your pjs. Wear a nice dress, put some colour onto your lips and eyes. Now, tell me if looking into the mirror with that smashing pink or bold red lipstick doesn’t perk you up and make you work better.
- Indulge in a couple of pieces of dark chocolate as a mid-morning snack. The cocoa in it contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine which improves brain function. I usually have it after my work out as its healthy antioxidants that act as anti-inflammatories help in post-workout recovery.
- If things still don’t go your way, it’s alright. Monday is just a day, it will get over soon.
With these simple tips, I don’t dread Monday mornings as earlier and take them in a better and more positive manner. Hope you found these 8 ways for smart work from home mommies to beat Monday morning blues useful. Do give a shout out if you enjoyed reading this post!!
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