Despite the superhuman facade that craftsmen tend to display, they face the same mental and physical challenges as everyone else. Yes, that includes the ever-present Monday blues! The difference is that craftsmen are adept problem solvers with unbeatable resolve. With the right set of tools, craftsmen can overcome any obstacle. Consider this your mental toolbox for starting the week with a bang.
How you finish this week impacts how you start next week. For every bit you slack off on Friday, you’ll have to sweat that much more on Monday. Instead of racing towards the finish line when the weekend is in sight, treat Friday like any other day of the week. Put your head down, block out distractions, and grind it out until you’re done. Starting off the week fresh without hangovers from the prior week will help boost your motivation.
Research has shown that sticking with a consistent ritual in the a.m. can minimize stress and boost productivity on the job site. Building a routine for Mondays specifically helps to frontload these benefits so you can smoothly transition from me-time to crunch time. Fill your morning routine with short-duration activities that help prepare you to hit the ground running such as drinking coffee, eating a nutrient-dense meal, or stretching.
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Sleep is by far the easiest thing you can do to show up on Monday full of energy, ready to tackle whatever the week brings. In fact, catching enough z’s has all-around benefits helping you work hard, stay healthy, and live well. Enter the classic question: How many hours of sleep do you need? You’ll hear a variety of answers, but most experts agree that between 7 and 9 hours of sleep is optimal. At the end of the day, you’ll have to find what works best for you.
Avoiding dehydration on the job site is pretty straightforward: When you’re thirsty, you drink! When you’re taking it easy over the weekend though, you won’t have the same physical exertion triggering feelings of thirst. Instead of waiting until you feel dry, you’ll need to actively stay up on your water intake. This will prevent you from hitting a wall on Monday once you kick back into gear. If you’re drinking other fluids such as coffee, tea, and juice, you only need around 4 to 6 cups of water a day.
Don’t worry! This isn’t any of that woo-woo, self-help-guru nonsense. Several studies have proven that visualizing positive outcomes can improve your performance in the real world. Think of it like training your brain for the results you want. When you envision a productive, energized, and enjoyable Monday, your brain is well-rehearsed by the time the week rolls around. This phenomenon works the same in reverse, so make sure to think positively!
Everyone looks forward to the weekend, especially those working in physically demanding industries. While there’s always a temptation to completely let go on Saturday and Sunday, this all-in approach has diminishing returns when Monday morning comes a-knockin’. You’re better off balancing the revelry with enough relaxation so you can start the week off strong. For those times when you need to let loose, try to leave Sunday open for a full day of recovery.
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