So apparently according to a variety of google results it is pretty across the board that most people hate mondays!
I feel really sorry for monday but there is some scientific stuff about why this happens.
Some of it is about the fact that most of us are actually sleep deprived during the week. So we sleep in even just for an hour or so at the weekend and this adjusts our body clock making Monday mornings harder to wake up on.
There is a large emotional shift that takes place from sunday to monday. For most of us we go from relaxing, spending time with family, taking part in hobbies or having adventures to work and although we don’t all hate our jobs (for the record I LOVE mine) and monday’s are no more stressful or depressing than say a tuesday or friday we still compare it to sunday when we had time to do what we wanted.
We suffer the Monday blue’s. We wish it was Friday. We cannot help procrastinate and end up just a little less productive maybe. Apparently we are actually more likely to be ill on Monday’s than any other day. So what can we do to start to love Monday again.
Love your Mondays!
1) Don’t work at the weekend.
Or whichever days you have off. Don’t feel tempted to check your emails, or open that report up. Taking a break means you have a more enjoyable couple of days away and getting back to it on monday seems less of a constant grind. You deserve that me time so take it.
2) Start Monday morning’s with your favourite breakfast.
Why not have that extra slice of buttered toast or extra fruit on your granola. If it’s a smoothy then make it your favourite one. Having your favourite breakfast might just be the little thing that puts you in a better mood about the whole day. You are your own influencer here. Only you can adjust your mood so go on treat yourself.
3) Approach monday as a fresh start to the week not just back to the grind.
Start setting weekly goals that you can get done by the end of the week so you have that sense of accomplishment come friday and know that monday is when you do your new task list for the week. I am a big lover of lists & planning so I always sit down after our big group team meeting & hold a mini meeting with my team & we all write up our goals & tasks for the week. It feels really good to know that monday morning is planning & goal setting. Adding simple things to this task list that can be easily ticked off helps the week feel productive. I have even been known to have – write a list of things to do on my list 🙂 That sounds funny but it motivates me to keep on top of the things I am doing. On last weeks list I had write an article about monday’s (because I came in last week needing a boost).
4. Meal prep on Sunday
I quite often plan a slow cooker meal for mondays so I know I can get it all ready before work and return to a cooked meal. It makes monday’s feel so much easier knowing I can go home and stick the kettle on without having to wonder what I am feeding my family. Yes I have a list !
5. Don’t schedule too much on a weekend unless it’s a treat.
So this one is an odd one. Try to keep your weekend free of responsibility, you have enough of that during the week. It is not always easy as often if you are like me I have a list of errands to run but I now try to do as many of these during the week around work and school hours. I leave my weekend for relaxation & play time. On the subject of play time why not have a mini adventure or a day trip out. Something totally different to take your mind off work. We find that a mini break (usually friday night to saturday night) make it feel like we had a mini holiday. We all go back to school or work on monday feeling quite excited about what adventures we had.
Our last adventure was a night at Warwick Castle. We stayed in the newly built wooden lodges in the Knights Village. We had an amazing time. We crossed swords with the Warwick Knights and had dinner in the medieval banquet hall as well as getting 2 days to explore. We stayed on the friday night so we still had sunday to relax at home. It felt just like a mini holiday and going back to work monday I felt really relaxed & chilled & ready to get into my list of things to do.
Loving Mondays is all about mindset
Whatever you do in life really your own attitude is the one thing you have control over. It is up to you to choose to look for the positives not the negatives but you are not alone in that monday blue mood so really all the little things that you can do to lift that mood and make the start of a fresh week something to look forward to instead of something to dread can make such a difference to your whole working experience.
Good luck & let’s start loving mondays.
This article was originally written by Tonya O’Donnell for LinkedIn. You can see the article here [ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/falling-love-most-hated-day-week-loving-mondays-tonya-o-donnell/ ]