Manic Monday

Manic Monday

There’s nothing like oversleeping to get a literal jump start on your week. Today when I woke up my first thought was, “gee, I’m really well rested” followed shortly by “it sure is light out,” followed immediately by, “I think I overslept!” It’s true, I overslept by an hour this morning so I immediately had to change my routine. I teach an academic class on Monday mornings and the last thing I want to do is not show up for my class.

Let’s start with a brief recap of how I thought my Monday morning would look like:
Wake Up
Hit Snooze (at least twice)
Do a 7-minute mini workout
Stretch and relax for 10 minutes
Shower
Pick out my outfit
Check my phone for emails and other random notifications
Eat breakfast
Report to duty

Here’s what my morning really looked like:
Wake up only to realize I have 10 minutes to get ready and be out of the house
Quickly consider how I should spend those10 minutes.
After looking in the mirror I decided that breakfast could wait, I needed to shower
Used mouthwash instead of brushing because those two minutes weren’t available
Calmed myself down by determining the latest I could possibly leave the house to be on time for my class
Told myself that I really had 20 minutes instead of 10
Showered, thought about outfit in shower, got dressed, hit the road

I actually got ready in 17 minutes and made it to class five minutes early. Thankfully the stoplights were on my side this morning. I must say, while oversleeping sure isn’t a great way to start your day, let alone the week, I did use it as a way to reevaluate how I spend my mornings. I could probably get an extra 15 minutes of sleep each morning and still make it on time and not be terribly rushed.

I also used this as an opportunity to remind myself of a few things, namely how this situation could have been worse, and also how being organized really does pay off. Here’s the pep talk I gave myself while driving to class this morning:

At least I didn’t have to scrape ice off my car; that alone can take 20 minutes
Thankfully I don’t need makeup to leave the house
When was the last time I left with an unmade bed? That’s the first thing I’m doing when I get home.
I’m really glad my other job is flexible enough so that I can come home after class to eat breakfast
Good thing I made copies of the worksheet last night
I wonder how fast I can really get ready when need be? Should I try to beat 17 minutes?
In the grand scheme of things, this is no big deal
It’s kind of amazing I woke up when I did. Why do I always wake up at the last possible minute?

Last winter I posted about how I make Mondays less manic. Thankfully I still do some things, such as get my work bags ready and make my lunch on Sunday nights. Today it truly paid off to be organized and so my stress level, while elevated, was much less than it could have been. It was indeed a manic Monday but I survived! Think about ways you can be prepared for random hiccups in your daily routine so you have less stress!