“I hate Mondays!” Everyone says it from Garfield to your high school buddy on Facebook. Odds are, you’ve said it too. Mondays are the first day of the work week, and most people aren’t wild about ending the weekend and returning to work. While having to put away your weekend freedom can be a drag, going back to work doesn’t have to give you a “case of the Mondays.” Here are a few tips for how to cure your Monday blues and have a productive work week.
Put It in Perspective
Start by changing your perspective on Mondays. There are only 52 Mondays in the average year, and most of us get a few of those off thanks to vacation time and national holidays. That’s not so bad!
Mondays are also one fifth of your work week, so they are just as important as any other work day. Nobody wants to spend 20% of their time at work feeling miserable just because it happens to be Monday.
Set yourself up for a successful Monday by planning ahead on Friday. Spend time on Friday afternoon ensuring you hit the ground running Monday morning.
Plan your Sunday evening to allow you to be well-rested Monday morning. To up your game, have a ready-to-eat breakfast and good outfit set out so you don’t worry about those details as you get back into the work week.
Take It Easy
Don’t overwhelm yourself on Monday by overbooking. Schedule Mondays carefully, with extra wiggle room in case tasks take longer than expected. You can reduce your stress and create a more positive tone for the rest of the week if your Monday is scheduled to where you do not have to look at the clock every 15 minutes.
Find Low-Pressure Ways to Get Going
When we have the weekend off, we get to think about things other than work. While that’s fun, exciting, and good for our wellbeing, it can make bringing your focus back to work more difficult come Monday. One of the easiest ways to bring yourself back to your office mindset is to start the morning with low-impact conversations with your colleagues in the break room or by having an informal meeting with your team. These conversations focus your mind and prepare you for the day ahead.
If you expect a rough Monday, arrange to treat yourself. Schedule lunch with a friend during the day, or coffee after work. Bring breakfast for the whole crew so you’ll be the office hero for the day. Give yourself a 15 minute break in the afternoon to enjoy a snack and some fresh air. However you choose to treat yourself, give yourself a reason to look forward to Monday instead of dreading it.
Do You Always Have a Case of the Mondays?
If every one of your Mondays begins the same way, with high levels of stress and low motivation, it might be time to look for a new career opportunity. Our job stress manifests itself in different ways, and having a perpetual case of the Mondays is a good indicator that you are unfulfilled in your current position. It’s important to be aware of these feelings so that you can make changes to improve your life.
If you feel like you always have a case of the Mondays, we encourage you to contact one of our recruitment specialists today or check our job board to find an opportunity that will have you looking forward to Monday.