Well, it's Monday again. Seems like this happens, oh, every 7 days or so. Hopefully, you are in a position that you enjoy, and Monday is not a day to dread but a day that sets up another week full of opportunities. However, even if you enjoy what you do for a living, it can still be tough to wake up on a Monday after a great weekend. Thus: A Case of the Mondays.
I'm here, with the help of you, and this handy article from Forbes outlining how to beat the Monday Blues, to close the Case of the Mondays altogether. First things first, Monday is a powerful foe...but only because we are making Monday a powerful foe. It's no stronger than any other day. And we will defeat it.
To do that, we need to have a plan. In the previously mentioned Forbes article, Jacquelyn Smith outlines 12 ways to beat the Monday Blues. Sounds like a great plan to me. I'll share some of her tips, and offer a few of my own.
Identifying the Problem
Having the Monday Blues once every few weeks, that's probably normal. Especially after a really fun weekend. Or, if you're an NFL football fan, your team lost the day before. That's understandable. You shouldn't be having them every single Monday though. If you are, then there is a problem that needs fixing. Maybe your job isn't challenging enough, or you don't get along with your cubicle mate. Maybe it is something that can't be fixed and it is time for you to find a new job. Whatever it is, the problem can't be fixed until the problem is identified.
Prepare for Monday on Friday
Finish on Friday all the tasks you can, that way you do not have to worry about these lingering tasks over the weekend, and then have to face them first thing Monday morning. This goes especially for the things you dread doing. Ride the wave of "it's almost the weekend" happiness that you have on Friday and get them finished. About 15 minutes before you head out on Friday, sit down and make a list of things you want to accomplish first thing on Monday morning. This leads me to one of my Monday Blues defeating tips:
The Layup Drill
When preparing to play a basketball game, you don't start chucking up half-court shots 47 feet away from the basket. No, you start by shooting layups, point blank at the rim. Then you gradually move farther away from the basket. This same mindset should be taken when approaching a Monday morning workday. Set yourself up for success by accomplishing some quick, easy tasks. This will get you on a roll, plus get some of your daily and weekly tasks out of the way.
Without a massive overhaul of our current calendering system, Mondays are here to stay. Use these tips to embrace the opportunity to get a great start to your week, and close the Case of the Mondays for good.