Don't let Mondays get to you

The Carpenters' sang "Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get me Down," but the start of the work week doesn't have to be that way.

Dr. Joe Rock, a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic, says if you're trying to make Monday better, you must start with Sunday night.

"Our brains are wired to look ahead and if what you're looking ahead to is Monday, not only are you looking forward to going to work, but you're also looking forward to all week long, all of the stuff that you have to do," he said. "Those 'have tos' start getting into your head, instead of the 'want tos.'"

Find something to do on a Sunday night that you enjoy - like watching a movie, visiting with friends, or listening to music to keep your thoughts from drifting toward Monday, Rock said.

When you get into work on Monday, Rock recommends starting with the tasks you enjoy the most.

"Just do what you need to do Monday morning. If you have any discretion about what you need to do pick the things that you like the most. If you've got to call ten people, call the one you like first. Again, ease yourself into it."

You can also plan to do some things early in the week, outside of work, that will give you something to look forward to.

"If you plan some things for early in the week, like I am going to get out of the building for lunch today instead of eating at my desk," Rock said. "I'm going to meet a friend for a drink after work. I am going out to dinner with someone on Tuesday. It's something concrete that competes with all of the stuff that is going to be rushing through your mind otherwise about work."

If Mondays get you down, be mindful of it, Rock said, and start making changes to make them better.