The alarm goes and you push the snooze button.
You know you have to get moving but…
And you hate Mondays.
The weekend was great. But it’s over and now you have to drag yourself out of bed and trudge your way through the worst day of the week.
It’s no wonder the day is awful. Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
We sabotage the day before it even starts.
We anticipate being tired. We whine that the weekend was too short.
We feel the pressure of all that is to be accomplished in all the days of the coming week…not just Monday. We beat ourselves up for what we “should” have done last week but didn’t.
Not a great way to start the week right?
If we can make Monday’s awful by anticipating them to be so, what if we could use that same process to make Monday’s great?
Give these ideas a genuine try and see what happens:
You plan for everything else right? Why not this? Recognize the value of the fun or relaxation you’ve had on the weekend and rather than lamenting that it’s over, think about how it will benefit you on Monday. Do you feel rested? Happier? Did you do something crazy you can tell your coworkers about? Tell yourself you are going to wake up energized and positive and ready to start the week. If you find yourself thinking negatively, immediately change it to a positive thought. It works.
Ok that doesn’t sound so awesome does it! But bear with me. By getting up even a few minutes early you will already feel accomplished as soon as your feet hit the floor. And that means the very first thing you did was to get the week off to a good start. Use the few extra minutes to feel more relaxed getting ready or to leave a bit early making your commute less stressful.
Instead of dragging in a little late (which we all can be guilty of on a Monday), be on time or early for work. It will set a much different tone to the day and even to the week.
It’s not uncommon to be kind of grumbly or sluggish on a Monday morning right? Instead, greet everyone with a smile. Ask about weekends. Offer to get someone a coffee. You don’t need to go over the top with this so that everyone thinks you are loony. But pay attention to how you feel when you are happy instead of grumbling.
Take action as soon as you hit work. Do one thing right away that will make you feel instantly accomplished and satisfied. Even better if it’s the task you were most dreading. Instead of thinking about it all day (or potentially putting it off until later in the week) get it done early. This one step alone will change how you feel the rest of the day and will lead the way to an accomplished week.
How often do we reserve our lunchtime socializing or special “eat out” day for Fridays? Seriously. Friday’s are already awesome enough. Why not make Monday the day you head to your favourite restaurant or bistro or food truck? And if you have a splurge day for fries with your sandwich make it Monday! If you bring your lunch to work, plan to bring your favourite to start the week.
Do something on Monday evenings that you will look forward to. Make it movie night. Or coffee with a friend night. Plan your favourite dinner or order out. Or make it your “get into bed early to watch your favourite show or read” night. It doesn’t matter what it is but it’s amazing how your mindset will change about Mondays if you have something you look forward to. Try it.
Weekends don’t need to be the only times we schedule things we love.
With a little planning and a shift in mind-set, Monday’s can easily switch from awful to awesome…or at least from terrible to tolerable!
And here’s the thing. When Monday is a good day (because we chose to make it a good day) it can easily (and will) influence how you feel about the entire week!
And THAT will do more for you than any fantastic Friday ever will!
Have a great week…whichever day you prefer!
Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com
As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.