This post has nothing to do with food allergies or cooking, and everything to do with good self-care.
I started a new job a few months ago, which is always a stressful – if wonderful – opportunity. As many good new employees will find themselves doing, the first few weeks involved many extra hours coming in early and staying late in order to get things under control, make the right first impression, and stay on top of it all. Around the third week of this new job, I picked up a new habit that has made Mondays more fresh and inspired.
On Friday, one of the last things I do before I leave is write down my To-Do list for Monday morning. In an ideal world, we would have all of our To Do tasks done before leaving the office on Friday. But in the actual world, we get as much done as we possibly can and then prioritize what can wait for a few days.
On this task list, I wrote a little note for Monday that said, “Welcome to a new week! You can do it!” and then turned out the lights, walked out the door, and promptly forgot about my list and my note to myself.
Come Monday, I turned on the lights and my computer, and as I sipped my coffee I took my first glance at my To Do list… and smiled. (How often do we smile at a full task list?!).
My Monday self thanked my Friday self, and I entered into a new week with a little bit extra pep and grace.