The Automatic Reset

I love a good weekend.  This past weekend was equal parts fun and productive.  A clean house, a fridge full of fresh food for the week, and laundry done make for a productive weekend.  A date night in Boston and a new to me restaurant, dinner and movie in on Saturday, a Sunday morning walk and football with family make for a fun weekend.  Also on my list this weekend, recover from the cold that knocked me down last week.  I definitely tried to rest and recover as best I could.  I’d say mission accomplished…a good weekend.

As much as I’d love for weekends to last longer than 2 days I don’t mind Mondays.  To me, Monday is an automatic reset.  It’s a chance to set new goals and intentions for the week ahead.  I usually find myself doing just that.  To me weekends are a perfect time to reflect and prepare.  On Friday nights and often Saturday mornings Michael and I will share details of the week we often forgot to discuss during the week.  Details that got lost in the mix, disappointments we never allowed ourselves to process and issues we may have just need to stop and think about.  On Sunday morning we are usually setting new intentions and thinking about the week ahead.  Maybe it’s the desire to workout more, eat better and practice portion control or find more time to relax.  When Monday arrives we’ve reset if you will; dealt with the past and prepared for the future.

Weekends have another purpose in life too…they put an end to the to-do list that seems like it will never end.  You know, those weeks where the list at work seems miles long and the list at home seems equally long and by the time Friday rolls around you wonder how you never really even dented the list.  The weekend makes you stop, put down the to-do list and spend a little time having fun.  When Monday rolls around again, you pick up the to-do list,  re-prioritize and somehow it doesn’t seem so bad.  I love Mondays for that reason.

I’m resetting today, just like every other Monday.  Last week I missed a lot of the workouts I’d hope to accomplish thanks to the cold I came down with mid-week.  So this week I hope to get in some good runs and find some time on the mat.  It feels like forever since I’ve been consistent with my workouts.  Also on my list, cut out caffeine.  Yep, my coffee habit is getting a little bit out of control.  I’ve had a lot of meetings at Starbucks lately, and every meeting I’ve been indulging in coffees and lattes.  My bank account would appreciate if I got my coffee habit in check as would my body.  I’ve always walked a fine line with caffeine and I know exactly where my afternoon headaches are coming from.  This week, I’ll be switching to decaf coffee in the morning and just giving my body a break from the caffeine. Depending on how it goes, I may never go back.  Last week I felt like I spent a lot of time on the computer and in front of the T.V. at night. I’ve also been reading the same book since August and really want to finish it.  I’m hoping to  spend some more time reading and disconnecting from technology.

Monday’s come every week, as does the automatic reset.  It’s something we can always count on and to me is really a chance to improve on the week’s past.  Sometimes my goals and intentions are bigger, others they are more simple.  And sometimes I just want to keep doing what I’m doing because it feels right.  Mostly, it’s a chance to re-frame Mondays into something positive so I can avoid “a case of the Mondays”.

Tell me, do you reflect on the previous week?  Do you set goals and intentions for the new week?  Do you hate Mondays or view them as a positive?  What are your goals and intentions for this week?


6 thoughts on “The Automatic Reset

  1. jobo says:

    I LOVE this approach and perspective to Mondays. Automatic reset. I also try to just shift my focus, similarly, and not dwell on the fact that the weekend is over but look forward to all the GOOD in the week to come! This is a supremely busy week for me, with every night booked with something but rather than worry about it being a super busy week, I am looking forward to what I am doing each day instead of resenting being busy. It really does make a huge difference! great post!


  2. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog says:

    You have such a positive attitude and it’s contagious! I love your point of view regarding Mondays. I think more people need to think this way, a brand new beginning as oppose to an end to all the fun from the weekend. What happens on Monday often times sets the tone for the rest of the week, so why not make it a good one? Thanks for this post!


  3. Jessica says:

    I really enjoy your blog Whitney! I cut down on caffeine 2 years ago. I lived on it and adored starbucks, but realized it just did not make me feel good. I made the switch to herbal tea and never felt better. Now I know when I am actually tired, compared to a caffeine come down. And peppermint tea is great for de stressing 🙂


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