Let’s be honest, we all hate Mondays, particularly the moment our alarms go off but hey, that’s life and to be honest, we need to just learn to deal with it. In this post I am passing on some advice about how to win at Mondays but really these things can apply to any day of the week. Where possible, I always try to be a glass half full kinda’ gal and of course sometimes that’s hard, but with some simple training of the mind, it’s totally do able. A lot of my more mindful posts on this blog are about encouraging positivity and I think it’s totally okay if you’re someone that needs to read or watch something to get ideas. I hope you can find at least one thing in this list that can help improve the outlook of your week.
Finding the Positives:
At Christmas (I think) I set up a Happiness Jar following writer, Elizabeth Gilbert’s superb recommendation which many millions of us around the world have taken up to keeping. I’ll admit I am not always that great at remembering to physically write something down to put into the jar at the end of every day, but the act really is to train your mind into finding the positives. This can be anything from being something you have achieved, to something small like the sky being blue; anything fundamentally that makes you feel a bit better inside. I always love days where I drive past wild bunnies grazing; it really is the little things.
Set yourself a Goal:
Depending on your job and the type of person you are, you might be able to set yourself something to achieve every single day, but this isn’t always the case for everyone and that’s okay. Regardless, on your arrival into the office on a Monday morning (or even before you go to bed on Sunday night to prepare yourself for the week ahead), find something you want to achieve before 5pm Friday. Again, this can be something big or small depending on your situation. If you have your appraisal that week, go all out for that promotion; or maybe you’re someone like me who struggles a bit with being social with unfamiliar colleagues, so set yourself a goal to having at least one new conversation with a someone you work with. Whatever you do though, make it achievable without stressing yourself out.
Make a to-do list:
Sometimes Mondays are a real struggle to settle into and get focused, so over your morning coffee, take the time to break your workload for the week down into bite-sized manageable chunks. Many people love the feeling of ticking things off so I say put even those quick-win tasks down such as emailing so and so, which will take you two minutes to do but will see you gain that satisfactory tick effortlessly.
Have something to look forward to:
While this can go against productivity because you can get too distracted thinking about something, it’s still always a good idea I think to have something to look forward too, ideally for both after work as well as the weekend. Maybe this is an activity such as sport or hobby you participate in with others, a special treat, date night, seeing friends etc. or even just knowing it’s going to be a nice evening and you can get out and walk the dog. Seriously, it can be anything as long as it encourages you to get through your day in the office.
I couldn’t not have this as a point could I? Although it taps into elements of all the above points, and while I’m not sure I should advocate rewarding yourself after every day completed (or maybe I should?), there is still a very important message in being able to reward yourself having recognised achievement, no matter how small. Either this is something like a glass of wine at the end of the week, or some of those items you’ve had saved on your ASOS wish list; whatever it is, if you have learnt to find some positives/overcome a challenge/met a goal/smashed through your to-do list etc. then I think you owe yourself a pat on the back and well done you!
Recognise when you need to make a change:
My final point and possibly the most vital. It’s okay to encourage positive thinking but fundamentally, if there is something really getting you down you need to address it head on. If the thought of Monday is more than just feeling a bit sad the weekend is over, then you need to ask yourself why you are feeling this way. It’s easier said than done, but life is too short to be miserable and if it’s time to (for example) find a new job, action it now rather than wait until things are really bad. But always remember it’s worth talking through your problems and/or worries first, either with a trusted colleague, or friends and family. Maybe they can shed some insight and a better perspective on things that you hadn’t thought of; don’t suffer in silence.
How do you get through Mondays?
Until next time xFollow