It’s Sunday night, but by the time this post is published it will be Monday morning. One of my favorite days of the week. While I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of Monday I know most people are not-so-secretly dreading it. I predict that once this is posted, there will already be about two dozen, “I hate Monday” posts on Facebook. Now, I admit I wasn’t always a Monday lover. I used to loathe it just like everyone else. In fact, there was a point in time when I disliked Monday so much that I decided to deny it’s existence by never acknowledging the day of the week arrived. However, once I realized that my despise of Monday was a result of my own doing, I made a conscience effort to make a change and turn my thought process around. Below are four easy steps, I followed that changed me from a Monday hater to a Monday lover.
- Relive the weekend
Yes, I realize that most people hate Monday, because it means the fun of the weekend is over, but that’s not entirely true. I know it sounds crazy but hear me out. I believe that the top question asked every Monday is, “How was your weekend?” While hearing this question, multiple times a day might annoy most people, I personally love it. Each time I hear it, I get another chance to relive the magic of my weekend when telling the story. I get to tell my story and relive my weekend so much that sometimes I declare Monday an unofficial third day to the weekend. How could I hate Monday when it’s filled with so many smiles as it gives me the chance to reflect on the magic of the weekend? Whenever, I start to dislike Monday even just a little a bit, I reflect on the wonderful day I had before.
2. Do what you love
I believe that what you do and how you feel on Monday can set the tone for the whole week. I know that’s easier said than done if you have a job you’re not crazy about. However, it is possible. Try to reserve the things you hate to do for a later date or a time later on in the day and replace them with things you enjoy doing at your job. For example, I’m not exactly a fan of phone interviews for articles I’m writing. (They make me nervous). So if at all possible, I try to reserve my interviews for Tuesday and Wednesday and spend my Monday researching and preparing for the interview. I absolutely love research!
If doing something you love at work on a Monday isn’t possible, I suggest doing something you love to do at home. You can declare Monday the night you make your favorite foods for dinner, family game night or the day you take up a new hobby. I personally declare Monday my fitness day as I do Zumba, pole dance and practice hip-hop on Monday nights. Filling my day with things I love, gives me something to look forward to once the sun sets on Sunday and Monday comes knocking at my door.
3. Be productive
Sometimes I consider myself to be a workaholic. As a result, I often feel guilty come the weekend because I feel like I did nothing worthwhile or productive while I watched TV. Suddenly, Sunday night arrives and I beat myself up because I did nothing to prepare for the week such as create my meal plan, lay out clothes, etc. and all I foresee is chaos. I know I can’t be the only one who feels that way. Monday is my chance to get off my lazy butt and do things that need to be done. I don’t know about you but even if it’s a chore I don’t like, I love the feeling of productivity on a Monday. It makes me feel like I accomplished something and finally got the whole, “being an adult” thing down. Asides from that, I think being productive distracts you from hating Monday. If you are busy getting things done, you don’t have time to actively hate something.
4. Recognize the opportunity
I am not a painter or artist in the least bit, but Mondays excite me the same way a blank canvas excites an artist. It’s unpredictable, promising and full of opportunity. Monday gives us the chance to design the week the way we truly desire. It’s a do-over at the items on the to-do list we didn’t get done last week. And it’s a promise for a fresh start in which the mistakes of last week no longer matter. Condition yourself to recognize and take advantage of all the opportunity Monday provides.Mondays excite me the same way a blank canvas excites an artist. Click To Tweet
How do you feel about Monday? Are you actively trying to love Monday?
TERRIfic Quip: Everyday is a new opportunity to become something great.