So your weekend has been amazing. You did this, you did that, you saw so and so and ate at the best restaurant in town—in comes Monday to ruin everything. For a lot of us, Monday is like the rude, tacky, mean girl that no one wants to deal with. Every week, we trade two and a half days worth of relaxation and carefree fun for five days of workplace torture…and Monday is the start of it all. Let’s face it. Just as sure as we’ll see Saturdays come and go, Mondays will forever be an integral part of our lives. So how do we deal? How do we defeat a bad case of the Mondays? The key to defeating a case of the Mondays starts before Monday even arrives.
Change Your Perspective
Instead of viewing Monday as the abysmal joy-kill, try thinking of Monday as a fresh start to a week with endless opportunities. This week you have the chance to learn from your mistakes from weeks past and to be an even better version of yourself. Maybe your interactions with your coworkers can improve, maybe you can try a different approach on a new project—the sky’s the limit. Viewing Monday as a blank page that only you can fill helps to motivate and keep you positive. Perspective is everything [Philippians 4:8].
Set Weekly Goals
Every Sunday night, sit down with your journal (if you don’t have one yet, you should definitely grab one) and write down 3-6 goals for the week. Ideally, write at least one goal for each aspect of your life: work, home, and personal. If you’re goal-oriented like I am, the anticipation alone of crushing new goals is enough to keep you focused and shake a case of the Mondays. How could you possibly be grumpy when you’re inching toward new levels of success? And honestly, if you’re that focused and disciplined, you won’t have time for it.
Create a Daily Routine
A daily routine is essential to living a happier more productive life. One of the reasons why I had a huge disdain for Mondays is because I felt like they were unpredictable and that I had somehow lost the control over my day that I possessed over the weekend. In those eight hours that you spend with your employer, you may not have control over the difficult people that you’ll encounter, but you do have control over your happiness and the things that you do outside of your work hours to contribute to your happiness. Don’t spend your Monday morning in a frenzy. Wake up a little earlier. Have some coffee or tea, pray and meditate, and gain your focus for the day. And when you get off of work, don’t spend the rest of the evening on the couch watching TV and dreading the next work day. Spend some of that time reviewing your goals, doing something that you love, and finding the silver lining in your work. A routine is seriously the difference between a calm day and a hectic one.
Having a better Monday really comes down to 3 P’s: perspective, prayer and preparation. Have a fantastic Monday and fabulous week.
What are some ways that you get past a case of the Mondays?