I get it. Winter is fast approaching, dark mornings are a real struggle, and many of us are now working hybrid weeks divided between home and employer offices. Earlier this month I returned to a hybrid schedule too – excitingly, I’m currently freelancing as Content Editor at M&S(!!) I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first and it took me a while to wrap my head around it.

Like I talk about endlessly, I really enjoy a slow start to the day, making a fresh breakfast and getting my ducks in a row to begin work at my cosy desk. Of course I felt reluctant to start my weeks on a busy London commute again and having to consider a full outfit (if you know, you know) again.

In time, though, I felt much better about it. For one, I’ll be able to find some sort of work-life structure again and properly divide my weekend from weekday. For another, this is my dream role. And, of course, a switch-up in routine is always great for a creative mind. Here’s how I’ve been making my Mondays feel magical…

Packing a home-prepared lunch box

One of the small joys of working from home is being able to eat a freshly prepared lunch, if we want to. Continue that energy by preparing one for the office. Invest in a tiered, substantially sized lunch box and consider meal-prepping ahead so you’ll have the same, hearty meal at work. I use this box, and use the compartments to place boiled rice, a protein-rich ‘main’ and a delicious side dish, like stir-fried potatoes. It’s filling, tasty, and you’ll feel the satisfaction of having lovingly prepared a meal in advance.

Embracing the day for what it is

Let’s not mince words here, it’s Monday so things aren’t always rosy.

We’re missing the weekend, we slightly regret staying up to watch ‘one more episode’ and Friday feels miles away.

But, it’s Monday.

It’s a day of perhaps tedious admin, working through emails and maybe non-negotiable meetings. So embrace Monday for what it is: a day of getting yourself prepped for the week ahead. We’re often cramming far too much in at the start of the week, when a little organisation goes a long for ensuring Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are productive. Don’t feel guilty for turning your day into an organising one.

Feeling gratitude for a hybrid schedule

Finally, let yourself feel gratitude for a hybrid schedule and the ‘new’ way of working. Workplaces everywhere are far more understanding of home and personal circumstances, and it’s a real joy to be able to work relatively flexibly. While I LOVE working from home full-time, it’s been really refreshing, inspiring and somewhat energising to visit an office once or twice a week again. I’m grateful to have this option, and to variegate my days a little again. It makes me so much more appreciative of home and equally thankful to have choice again.

Do you have any tips for making Mondays feel manageable and magical?

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