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. kelsnsher August 31, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Yes to all of these!! I’m a budget nazi and hate spending money needlessly so I always know where my bank account stands. I do tend to get unrealistic with my to-do lists though so I’ve started having a master list and a smaller daily list of tasks that must be accomplished by the end of the day to keep me on track.

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    • Amanda Brooks August 31, 2015 / 8:27 am

      A smaller daily list is a great idea! I may have to give that a try :)

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  2. Stacie@SimplySouthernStacie August 31, 2015 / 8:25 am

    I love all of these tips! I’m going to Florida at the end of this weekend too, so workout planning and to-do lists are my priorities this morning as well.

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    • Amanda Brooks August 31, 2015 / 8:27 am

      I am so excited for Florida :) I’m sure you are too! I hope it’s a blast!

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  3. Jasmine S. August 31, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Great list! Monday morning always drag for me, but I have a busy week ahead so I need to snap out of it :) Also, I’ve been wanting to try Noosa – been noticing it at the grocery store this year! Good luck with your marathon training! My husband is a big marathoner and I’m always impressed by his dedication.

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    • Amanda Brooks August 31, 2015 / 2:41 pm

      You must try it! Although it’s expensive, it’s worth it in my book :) This is only my second half marathon…. I’m forcing myself to be dedicated haha

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      • Jasmine S. August 31, 2015 / 3:34 pm

        Only your second? That’s huge!! :-D You can do it! I’m hoping that the cooler fall weather will help with your training. :) I’ve always been a zumba/yoga type girl and have never been much of a runner, but I’ve been trying to motivate myself more lately!

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      • Amanda Brooks September 2, 2015 / 6:37 am

        Thank you :) All it takes is a bit of motivation! You can do it!!

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  4. Jamie August 31, 2015 / 10:48 am

    I usually update my checkbook (ugh) and meal prep for the week. I like to think it helps me save money and be healthy/conscious of what I am eating/spending and therefore gives me a bit more flexibility on the weekends.

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    • Amanda Brooks August 31, 2015 / 2:40 pm

      Meal prep has saved me so much time and money! When I don’t have dishes ready during the work week I instantly feel more stressed.

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    • Amanda Brooks August 31, 2015 / 3:08 pm

      Same here! I feel your pain :) Maybe I will be more prepared for Tuesday haha

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  5. Karen Rees August 31, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Great post – I really need to take alot of these on board and work on a healthier morning schedule!! Time is always of the essence though *sigh* Thanks for sharing huni :) Karen xo

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    • Amanda Brooks September 2, 2015 / 6:38 am

      Glad you liked it :) No matter how organized I try to be, there is never enough time haha

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      • Karen Rees September 2, 2015 / 11:59 am

        Ahhh tell me about it Amanda!! Just about figuring out what day it is come bedtime lol XXX

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  6. Caroline Lu (@prptlycaroline) September 1, 2015 / 12:25 am

    I’m a huge fan of using Monday mornings as my ‘get my ducks in a row’ time. A cup of coffee, a notebook, some mellow music… and now all of your suggestions too!

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    • Amanda Brooks September 2, 2015 / 6:35 am

      Yes! A cup of coffee is always needed :) The mellow music is a great idea too!

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