19 August 2019
This may be a bit controversial, but I have to ask, why has Monday got such a bad reputation?
We’re bombarded with ‘Monday blues’ ‘Sunday night dread’ and counting down to the weekend already. In reality, every Monday brings a huge opportunity. It’s a chance to reset; to draw a line on a bad week or build upon a great week.
When you think about it, most of us work a five-day week. Writing off Monday takes away 20% of our time. That’s a fifth of your time to make a difference, to smash your goals. Being in the habit of hating Mondays not only spoils the end of your weekend, it sets the rest of the week up with negativity. It’s a bad habit that far too many of us have.
So what can you do about it? If the #MondayMotivation hashtags have no impact on you and you need a little more to switch your mindset at the start of the week there are so many ways that you can get off on the right foot.
It’s your choice
When you wake up each morning, you have a choice. You can dread the day ahead, or embrace it wholeheartedly. When you choose to embrace the day ahead, everything seems little easier and much more enjoyable!
It certainly isn’t easy to wake up one day and switch your mindset, so why not try out something you enjoy at the start of the day. Do some exercise, dress to impress or whatever it takes to help you feel your best.
Frantic Friday = Manic Monday
Instead of having a crazy end to the week and leaving the office with unresolved issues and tasks left to sort, out take a moment at the end of the day to get organised. Before you leave the office for the weekend, write your list for the week ahead. Take a moment to prioritise the most urgent tasks, the ones you’re dreading and those that you enjoy the most.
Writing the list down and organising your week ahead helps you to switch off over the weekend, rather than worrying about what you’re returning to on Monday.
Put your head in the game
When someone asks if you’re ok and you respond by complaining about it being Monday, you reinforce the negative feeling. If you smile and say you’re great – even if you’re not perhaps feeling all that great – you slowly start to find that you are actually feeling that way. There are many scientific studies that show the simply by smiling, you feel happier. Faking it until you make it, works!
Switch off properly
Are you dreading Monday because you are burnt out? Often burn-out sneaks up on us before we’ve even noticed! The Monday blues are a warning sign that you may not be switching off and getting the free time that you need away from the office.
I find that when I take time out, either switching off for the weekend or taking a family holiday, I come back even more motivated and passionate than I was before.
If all else fails, bribe yourself! Set Monday as your day for a treat. Grab a coffee on the way into work or have something nicer for your lunch. It’s remarkable how our subconscious mind starts to remember that Monday means a nice treat, and you start to feel a little better about getting up after the weekend.