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We all know the feeling of rolling out of bed on a Monday morning, headache and drowsiness amounting to the only things we have to help us get through another week. However, Mondays do not have to be as dreadful as we think. With these few helpful tips, Mondays will become your new best friend (or, well, as close to that as you can get).

1.) Make a To-Do List

The week can seem unbearably overwhelming as thoughts rush in about due dates, homework assignments, club meetings, special events, and all of the other crazy obligations of college rush into your head. The most practical thing to do is to make a list for yourself. Write down what you want to accomplish for each day of the week. Seeing your goals right in front of you makes them so much easier to achieve. Be sure to include when you need to have this task done by. Plot out your time so you are able to best manage it. In fact, you will learn you have more time than you actually thought you did!

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2.) Make a Calendar for Yourself

Similar to the first tip, making a calendar can help you remember all the important dates you have for the upcoming week. Mondays are especially daunting after ending a carefree weekend of time unaccounted for. Writing out the week’s important times and events (such as a relative’s birthday) will help you be on top of your tasks and propel you into a week void of unpleasant surprises. Plus, if you don’t have your own physical calendar or don’t wish to buy one, check out calendarlabs.com for some great resources.

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3.) Set Your Alarm 15 Minutes Earlier

If you are like most college students, the weekends are your time to sleep in and rest yourself. Come Monday however, it can be hard to get back in that early morning routine. Especially at Pace University, having some extra time in the morning can be a big help. There may be long lines at the Caf for breakfast, a rush on the elevators, or, if you are a commuter, you KNOW the MTA is nothing short of unreliable! These extra 15 minutes will help you get back into that school week routine and maybe even give you a little extra time to review your notes before class.

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4.) Plan Something Fun for Yourself

No matter how hard you try, Mondays may just not be your thing, and that’s okay. However, if you set aside even just an hour each Monday to take some time for yourself, it will definitely be more enjoyable. Plan on going out to a nice lunch date, doing your nails, or visiting your favorite park in Manhattan. This will give you something to look forward to and make the day seem a little less bleak.

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5.) Catch Up On Extra Homework Over The Weekend

With the way that Pace arranges their schedules, it seems very unlikely that you will have the same class every day of the week. Therefore, it may be a good idea to get ahead on Tuesday’s homework over the weekend, instead of cramming it all in Monday night. Try to make use of perhaps an extra hour a day of free time on your weekends so you can have your Monday evenings be a little less tiring. Doing this will also make your whole week feel a lot less stressful.

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Mondays may not be your favorite day of the week, but perhaps with these few tips, you can learn to enjoy them just a little more. Living in the city as a student at Pace University can be difficult, but don’t let the beginning of the week get you off to a bad start. Find your energy, excitement, and pride to be studying in the greatest city in the world! Now go out there and have an amazing week.


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Christine Suddeth


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