We’re switching it up here on the CD today.
Normally, guest posts go live on Wednesdays. Today’s guest poster, though, is ahead of her time. Not just because she’s written a guest post about Mondays. Where do I even begin when it comes to one of the most incredible writers I’ve ever known?
Kimberly Novosel has written a novel I’m a bit afraid to open, because of words and concepts that tear so close to the bone when I read them, such as:
“We had so much to say to each other, like we’d been quiet our whole lives until we met. It was as if I had underestimated how hungry I was for a companion, how much I needed to be understood, to be pursued, to be seen and to be reflected in someone’s eyes.”
Kimberly Novosel, Loved
[Buy Kimberly Novosel’s Loved. I offer this link in hopes you’ll order one for us both.]
It’s how Kimberly implores women to Bring Their Brave. She’s drawn to stories of female survivors, warriors who do more than avoid death; they rebuild a life worth living. When you’re done here – go to Kimberly’s site. Seriously. It will up lift you.
In fact, I’m doing all these things today. I invite you to do the same. I need something else. I need a shakeup, a new way. I’m eager to get started! Thanks, Kimberly.
5 ways to make Mondays feel like Fridays
Monday gets a bad rap. Social media is full of memes like Monday Lisa that all blend together like a collective group Internet ugh. When Friday rolls around, however, we get all Fri-yay and dress casually and cut out of our offices early to catch happy hour drinks or maybe a few hours at the pool.
I happen to like Mondays quite a lot, though, so I’m sharing five ways you can make the start of your week feel a little more yay worthy.
1. Casual Monday
Okay, not quite as literally as casual Friday, but get that same feeling of being more like yourself at work by wearing something from your closet that’s a favorite. No need to punish Monday any worse by donning an uncomfortably stuff shirt or ill-fitting pair of pants.
2. Clear Schedule
I don’t schedule meetings on Mondays. Instead, I start my day off by creating my to-do list for the week on pretty paper with my favorite pens. (Ahhhh!) Then I spend the day moving through item by item, checking things off the list, and managing my emails well. Starting the week off by getting things done is much better than running around to meetings and appointments and starting your week by falling behind. This takes discipline but is absolutely possible. Mark it on your calendar if you must, “clear day!” or “kicking butt!” which is way more fun than “no meetings” or “office hours.”
3. Lunch Break
Just because your to-do list for the week looms ahead of you with nothing checked off yet doesn’t mean you have to power through the whole day with nary a moment’s rest. If you must stay put, pop out for take-away smoothies to give you a boost in energy and in mood.
4. Sweat It Out
A personal rule of mine when it comes to fitness is never miss a Monday. There are several reasons for this, the more obvious being that it starts the week with getting the workout in rather than missing the workout – a positive instead of a negative. But possibly even more important is that getting your sweat on on a Monday will make your day feel more accomplished and will energize your day. Keeping that momentum going becomes much easier!
5. Happy Hour
If you’re taking steps to keep your Monday from being draining, then there’s no reason not to hit up a happy hour with friends after work. Keep the talk positive. What are you hoping to accomplish this week? What are your friends working on that you can encourage them in?
Kimberly Novosel is a Nashville based entrepreneur. She’s co-owner of Press Management Group where she serves as an artist manager in the country music industry. She also writes a weekly entrepreneurial column for 12th & Broad, and is opening Verticity, a cycling studio, this summer.
@kimberlynovosel on Twitter and Instagram.