Hhhhmmm….. I hate Mondays.
Personally, I feel weekends are not enough because half of Saturday is spent lazing in bed and trying to catch up on lost sleep from Monday to Friday; Sunday is not fully complete because the last 6 hours of the day, you’re already preparing for the new week. So give or take, the weekend is just one and half day which is mostly why we whine and complain about Mondays. It cuts off our leisure time, crumples the fun and automatically resets us to work mode.
I won’t tell you that I love Mondays and decided to write this article, NO; however, I believe there is something we can do to change our perspective about Mondays. The same vibe and excitement you feel on Fridays can be recreated into Mondays but it is a decision you need to take and be happy about it; if not, the fear of Mondays could cause you to do something that may ruin the rest of the week. Therefore, it is important to learn to love Mondays because to have a productive and exciting week, you need to start well. With the right approach, it can stimulate focus, efficiency and productivity for the entire week.
How then do we learn to love Mondays? These 5 simple steps will help you –
A fully-completed Friday – from Thursday night, people begin to change their status on social media and chat apps from #TBT (throwback Thursday) to #TGIF (thank God it’s Friday). Friday comes with a fun-buzz and fresh vibes which seem to overwhelm us so much that we get carried away with the thought of fun and rush out of the office leaving stack of work uncompleted. This unfinished work will hunt you on Monday morning because you will have to work backwards before starting the task for the new week. This will reduce your turn-around time, diminish your efficiency level, create room for mistakes because you will be rushing and put you under unnecessary pressure. When you get to this point – you will break down and the rest of your week would have been compromised. A fully completed Friday gives you a fully productive Monday.
A Well-Spent Sunday – Having a well spent Sunday can be interpreted in many ways; here I don’t mean the turn up, getting wasted and partying all night kind of Sunday. The well-spent Sunday here is making sure that you spend your Sunday relaxing and not drag it till very late in the night; having a late night Sunday means getting little sleep and waking up very early with a grumpy/whining attitude. Automatically, the Monday morning will be ruined especially if you wake up with a headache or hangover. A well spent Sunday equals a happy Monday.
Monday means Money – Monday is the first day of the week, meaning it is the first day to make some money (in your business, job, etc.). No matter how we try, weekends come with lots of expenses that will reduce your bank account balance; Mondays should sound sweet in your ears when you remember that you will need to make more money to be able to fulfil your responsibilities and also have some fun. So to maximise profit and productivity, you need to tune into the Monday spirit.
Start the day with meditation – Morning meditation or prayer is a great mechanism to envision a productive week. It’s important to calm the mind and allow the positive energy in as soon as you wake up. If you start with meditating for 5 minutes and over time increase it to half an hour per session, you will be awed by how soothing this can be. It readjusts your mind to prepare for the day/week, helps channel your energy/time/thoughts to the right things and ushers you into a week of possibilities. I read an article on Life Hack where I saw that Oprah meditates two times per day for 20 minutes, and she states, “I walked away feeling fuller than when I’d come in. Full of hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy. Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is — still — the constancy of stillness. Only from that space can you create your best work and your best life.
An attitude of gratitude – Mondays are a reminder to be grateful to God for a source of income that you need to wake up to. You never appreciate what you have until you find out that some people will give anything to have a quarter of it. There are many unemployed graduates with Ph.D., Masters and B.Sc. degrees who pray earnestly for a source of income. Do you remember how you prayed for your present job? You could not wait to start and few months into the job, you now hate Mondays…. Loll, does this sound like you? Let’s wake up every Monday morning and say “Thank you Lord for a source of income that I have to wake up to”.
I hope this helps you love Mondays better, have a productive week ahead.