This is how to stop singing the ‘I don’t want to go back to work’ blues.

Quick Notes

  • 81% of people deal with anxiety on Sunday night

  • Many CEOs buy out an hour on Sunday to get work done

Sundays have always been a highly regarded day of the week. For some, Sunday is the Sabbath. For others, Sundays are a family day or the only day off from work. The hashtag #SundayFunday has become very popular on Instagram.

For a combination of these reasons, working on a Sunday is the last thing most people want to do, but the habits of successful entrepreneurs and executives show that using a few productivity hacks can be a catalyst to success during the upcoming workweek.

Conquer Sunday night fright

Working is so stressful that 81% of Americans face anxiety on Sunday evening merely from thinking about the impending workweek. A person who experiences anxiety on Sunday night wakes up on Monday morning dreading a return to work. Of course, having this attitude can put a serious damper on productivity.

Instead of resigning yourself to a miserable start of the workweek, have an honest internal conversation about what makes returning to work such a negative. Is it difficult to balance work and family responsibilities? Will you be forced to spend the first few hours of Monday morning answering e-mails that were sent over the weekend?

After identifying the unique and personal reasons for dreading the beginning of the workweek, a person can remedy the issues by using a few self-made productivity hacks. Perhaps meal prepping on Sunday will make the workweek less hectic. Reserving a few minutes of Sunday evening to get a head start on e-mails may make Monday morning easier.

What if an internal examination about what makes the beginning of the workweek so stressful reveals that work itself, rather than some external stressor, is the problem. Positive thinking can help a person to cope with a negative work environment. When the feelings of dread and anxiety start to creep up, make a list of thanks.

When a person considers all of the things he or she has to be thankful for, working may become more tolerable. Sometimes, working, even in a hated job, affords the person the finances or time necessary to have the things they are thankful for. A realization of this fact can help people cope with apprehension towards returning to work.

For example, a woman may dread work because she could make more money elsewhere, but reflecting on the fact that her job schedule allows her to pick up and drop off her children each day may make her appreciate the job she has.

Master the mindset

People who have a job to return to on Monday morning are like a football player who is already in the NFL. The player is in the right place, surrounded by the right knowledge, the right coaches, and the right equipment. At that point, success depends solely on how much effort the player puts into utilizing the resources that are laid out in front of him.

In an environment where everyone has access to the same resources, productivity hacks can be a huge differentiator in success from one person to another. For this reason, Sundays are a great day for professionals to get mentally prepared for the upcoming work week. Many successful CEOs use Sundays to get an hour’s worth of preparatory work done for the week. This does not mean it is necessary to forgo all of the restorative and leisure activities that are so common on Sundays. It simply means that some time should be given to consideration of the week ahead.


Think about everything that could go right. Write down all of the goals that will be accomplished during the next workweek. Mentally rehearse the pathways towards reaching said goals. Visualize everything that can be achieved. Spend a portion of this time being honest about the obstacles that could hinder success.

It is also essential to imagine everything that could go wrong. Do not be pessimistic, but be realistic about the challenges that could be faced in the upcoming workweek. Regardless of the industry, business is extremely unpredictable. Visualize the people and processes that can be used to overcome these hypothetical crises. This will make actually facing the problem easier to deal with.

Sundays can be a day of rest, but using a few productivity hacks can make every day more restful and less stressful.

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