If there is one word that can drag just about any person down it’s this one:
There is a huge negative connotation revolving around this particular day.
… where the week starts all over again.
… where you have to get to work…
At a job that you feel utterly disconnected with.
I get that.
But let me ask you this.
What’s your problem with Mondays?
Because as much as Mondays can suck, the truth is you may be buying into the whole “Monday sucks” culture for various reasons. Worst of all, you’re actually doing a disservice to the company that you are working at and also yourself by hating Mondays.
Mondays are the days where it sets the tonne for the entire week.
Mondays give us the opportunities to start fresh.
Mondays are simply another day and it’s up to you to make it a great day or a shitty day.
Mondays Are Your Responsibility
Let’s be real, the whole “Living for the weekend” strategy does not work long-term. Like I said above, the mentality that we bring into each and every week matters. Mondays especially.
If you are already laying in bed thinking “Ugh, Monday again,” you have already lost. The reason for that is because people will then start to milk that throughout the day.
If your entire strategy is “survive until the weekend” then what exactly does your weekend entail?
What’s your strategy for the weekend? Binge watch Game of Thrones on Netflix? Party at a club? Please.
All these short term pleasures and enjoyments fall short when we think back on our lives. We’re not going to remember what we did every single day. Instead we will be looking at what we are leaving behind.
Already you can see the “living for the weekend” thing doesn’t work right?
You’re going through the motions over and over again going nowhere.
Instead, I encourage us to use our Mondays to break this cycle and to mix things up.
Mondays are our responsibility and that’s awesome. It’s a reminder that we are in control of our future. If we have an awesome Monday, we can easily have an awesome week.
So How Can We Have Awesome Mondays?
It goes back to what I said above. If we are coasting through life and waiting for things to happen to us, we’re not living. We’re doing a disservice to the company we are working with and also ourselves.
We become another stooge who “hates Mondays” and clings to what’s comfortable because we can only see up to the day where we get our next paycheque.
I’m not saying every single person should aspire for greatness that can change the world. Instead it is up to us to live out what we can say is a great and happy life.
This means moving past this Monday slump and seeing Mondays in a different light.
Sure, the source of all this gloom may be a job that you dislike, but I challenge you to see it in another light. See it as the stepping stone to get to where you want to go. Check to make sure it aligns with your own morals too.
Here are some other things that you can keep in mind.
Do You Set Goals?
When you lack a direction you lack a focus. Living for the weekend isn’t a goal, it’s a basic survival instinct that we buy into to put off the real stuff we should’ve been thinking about.
Do You Have Someone Checking On You?
One of the biggest boosts in getting your shit together and done is having someone give a shit about what you do.
Are You Self Motivated?
When you have strong reasons to accomplish goals and achieve your dreams, you can make tremendous progress.
How Much Time Do You Spend On Yourself?
“Me time” doesn’t count all that time watching Netflix. How often are you reading articles? Reading books? Working out? Doing something different outside of your routine?
When those things don’t align with where you want to go and do, that’s a problem. Start fixing that.
How Often Do You Say Good Things?
Lastly, if you are someone who always is a downer, that’s only going to hinder you and everyone around you. Don’t be that person. Compliment people, smile genuinely, support people. We’re going to make it through this.
Have A Plan
I use my Mondays to have clarity and to start the week off feeling awesome. I pump myself up every day with the mentality that today is going to be awesome. I dig into that further on Mondays by setting goals and chatting with people that I care deeply about.
This has been working well for me and I believe that this can work tremendously for you.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon