GOOD MORNING | 5 things you should do every Monday before work

monday morning prep

If you’re like me, you plan a hundred things to do over the weekend and then get about 30 of them done…

I get a little over excited about having two days of free time that I over plan and make my to do list a bit too unrealistic.

Feeling a bit behind before the week even starts like me today? Here are five things to do every Monday to make sure you’re on tract for a productive week!

1. Balance your checkbook

You went out for happy hour, went shopping, and tried out a new trendy place for brunch… chances are you spent some money this weekend! Make sure every Monday you know exactly where your bank account stands.

2. Review your work calendar for the week ahead

Do you have late client meetings this week? Any early morning calls? Make sure you know what work commitments you have this week so you can plan and dress accordingly every day.

3. Start with a healthy breakfast

This weekend I was eating crabs, sipping beers, and working out less than usual… Mondays are my days to get back on track with healthy eating! Start out with a delicious but healthy breakfast (Side note: Have you ever tried Noosa? I’m completely obsessed with this yogurt!).

4. Update your to do list

Update your to do list with anything you didn’t get done over the weekend (whoops!) and any new items you want to add! Then, throughout the week, make sure to reference it :)

5. Plan your workouts

Since I’m training for a half marathon, I have to set aside more time than usual for my longer runs. Believe me, if you don’t plan 6 mile runs throughout the week it’s hard/impossible to come up with a free hour to get it done. Plan longer workouts or workout classes with friends in advance so you are ready to go and don’t get off your fitness schedule because of poor planning.

After a busy weekend that was more focused on fun and less on a to do list, it’s important to get back on track Monday morning so you don’t feel behind one second! Plus, I’m headed to Florida on Thursday, so it’ll be a short workweek for me. AKA more planning and work required in a fewer number of days! Eek!

What do you do every Monday morning that helps you feel ready to tackle the week ahead?

26 thoughts on “GOOD MORNING | 5 things you should do every Monday before work

  1. simplykateandlibby September 2, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    I’m impressed you included ‘balance your checkbook’ on the list. Not many twenty or thirty somethings bother to do that these days. It’s so important to know where your money went to maintain a budget.

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    • Amanda Brooks September 5, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      My father taught me from a young age that it’s so important to maintain a budget! No one every wants to be surprised by their bank account balance haha


  2. maryviets September 8, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Great post! I’m super into making lists! When I was in school I would always make to-do lists for the week and have found myself straying away from that a lot more now that I’m not in school. I do balance my checkbook (almost everyday…yeah I’m weird like that!). I am definitely going to take your advice and make more Monday lists! I’m thinking of going back to the Erin Condren planner (which I used in college). It’s pricey, but well with the investment in my mind! Plus it’s cute and fun to use! (

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    • Amanda Brooks September 9, 2015 / 6:23 am

      I’ve never heard of an Erin Condren planner before, but I’m intrigued :) I’m looking it up now! Anything that helps you to plan your day/ week is worth it in my opinion!

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