Good morning! Welcome to another motivational post for a Monday morning. We’re properly back into the swing of things now that school and all the million and one activities the kids do after school and at the weekends are back with a vengeance. I started these posts because I remember how much I used to hate Monday mornings and that sick feeling of a whole 5 days of work ahead of me before I could enjoy another couple of days off. The worst thing about the Monday blues was that the feeling of dread used to spill into a Sunday and from about 2pm onwards I started stressing about Monday and worrying about work stuff. It ended up feeling like the only time off was from 6pm on a Friday until 2pm on a Sunday and then it was all down hill from there.
I was interested to hear from others that this was quite a common feeling. Many people share that feeling of impending doom from Sunday through to Monday and it made me wonder what was the cause. I started this Monday motivation post as a way to give people a little bit of a boost on a Monday and help them power through and enjoy their week. There are, however, a number of other ways you can help feel more motivated on a Monday and actually find a way to properly enjoy your weekend and start the week with a real spring in your step. Here are my 5 top tips for beating those Monday blues!
Find out the real problem
If you are really feeling that awful on a Monday morning and are dreading the week ahead then there is clearly a deeper underlying problem. As my quote says, when Monday is your favourite day then you know you’re winning! Now I can’t agree that Monday is my favourite day, but I definitely don’t dread it like I used to. If it’s your job that’s causing you stress then maybe you’re not in the right job? Perhaps make a list of the reasons why Mondays bother you so much, what is it about your job that makes you feel so miserable on a Monday morning? When I last worked full time I had one day a week where I could work from home and, wherever possible, I made that day a Monday. It made such a huge difference to my week, no rushing around first thing on a Monday, no Monday traffic and a much more gentle start to the week.
It is certainly true that whatever we say we believe and if we are persistently negative about our job and the work we have to do then it will seem so much worse. Try to be positive, think about the things in your job that you do enjoy and perhaps arrange to do these first on a Monday. Think of some things in the week that you can look forward to and focus on those. The more we dwell on the negatives the more that they will become the focus of our day.
Leave work on Friday totally prepared for Monday
When you leave work on a Friday make sure you haven’t left yourself any big jobs to do on a Monday morning. Ease yourself in gently. If you can, plan something fun for a Monday morning! Take some cakes into work – they always lighten the mood (everything is better with cake!).
Switch off over the weekend
If you are able make sure you completely switch off over the weekend. Don’t check emails and messages, have a complete break. We all need time away from work, it allows us to properly rest so that we can give our all to our job during the week. There’s nothing worse than reading a bad email on a Saturday night and knowing that you’re going to have to face that when you get into work on the Monday.
Make an after work plan
Why not make Monday evenings a fun or special night? Arrange a regular night out with friends or plan a great night in front of the TV with your favourite dinner. Having something to look forward to always makes the day seem more bearable and makes your focus more positive.
Monday doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week and there are so many things we can do to help make it the best one! Having a job you love is definitely the key to getting rid of that severe case of the Monday blues. Can you imagine actually feeling excited on a Sunday evening that Monday is just around the corner? For me, I guess I have it a bit easier these days as Monday is my new Thursday as I only work in the office for 2 days – it’s a huge change from previous jobs and one I think definitely suits me!
Until next time
A Blogging Good Time