Monday mornings are a source of contention for a lot of people, especially if it means going back to a job they don’t like. So, whatever our work situation, how can we make the best of Mondays and even (gasp) start to look forward to them?
1. Do A Job You Love
Do you enjoy your job? Does it feel like work or play? No job will be fun all the time, but if the thought of going back to the office on Monday fills you with dread, then it is a good sign that something needs to change. You may decide to change jobs, go part time or it might be a change of perspective about your current job that makes the difference.
Working through the weekend or slobbing out on the couch because you are so tired every weekend won’t rejuvenate you. The odd weekend working or being lazy is no bad thing but if your weekends constantly feel like work time or recovery time, it is inevitable that Mondays will start to feel like hard work. Plan your weekends, so that you have enjoyable and relaxing plans scheduled in too. Everyone needs relaxation time and it could help you feel better about those Monday mornings.
If you can, plan your Mondays so that they are more enjoyable. If you have some control over the work you do and your schedule, see if you can create some ‘winding up’ time into Monday mornings so that you don’t have to hit the ground running. Even an hour to answer emails over a coffee can make the day a bit more pleasant than rushing straight into meetings, for example.
4. Tie Up Loose Ends On Friday
What can you do on Fridays to make Mondays more pleasant in your job? I suggest making a point of closing off the previous week before you go home and preparing things for Monday to make it easier to get started when you get in. It is worth getting into this habit at the end of every work day as well, so that when you arrive at work each day you have a fresh start and don’t have to wade through lots of paperwork to get the day started.
I’d love to hear. How do you deal with Mondays?
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach, Mentor & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps people achieve their goals and dreams.