This post was originally published on the Huffington Post on 9/18/14.
Monday morning. It starts with wanting to stay in bed, moves to a flurry of rushing around, and comes to a head when you hit that 3 p.m. slump.
It’s no wonder you’re already counting the number of days until the weekend.
But your workweek doesn’t have to be this way. There are several smart, simple ways to bring more flow, ease, and productivity to your workweek right away.
Add Padding to Transition Times
Two of the biggest transition times in your workday are when you go from home to work and from work to home.
Most people start their days in a scramble of looking for keys, scarfing down whatever food is nearby, and running out the door. This frazzled start sets the tone for the rest of your day.
According to parent coach Meghan Leahy, this can put a particular strain on your relationships with your kids.
Leahy recommends giving yourself more time than you think you’ll actually need to get ready for your day so that you can start things off on a more peaceful note.
“That way when your kid tells you they need a 2-liter bottle of soda for school you can handle it calmly,” Leahy notes.
On the other end of the day, holistic nutritionist Elaine Brisebois recommends separating your workday from your evening meal.
“Many of my clients make healthy choices during the day when they’re distracted with work, but have much more trouble when they get home at night,” Brisebois explains.
Take a few minutes to change your clothes, go for a walk, or read an uplifting book before you jump into dinner. Doing so will help you to center yourself and shed your workday worries, which means you won’t take them out on your evening meal.