It’s the holiday season and as we head into another mid-week holiday, bracing yourself for Monday becomes all the more difficult. We’re all too familiar with that sinking feeling that sets in from Sunday evening itself – be it due to your Monday morning review with your boss or that important presentation that you promised yourself you’d work on over the weekend but couldn't.
But what if Mondays were more fun? Wouldn't you look forward to a Monday much more? Here are some tips to make your Mondays matter:
Plan a fun event for Monday
How about a team lunch to that new restaurant you've all wanted to try? Or maybe getting together with your team mates for a drink after work? It gives you a great chance to catch up with the others on the weekend and helps team bonding. And if not team mates, how about meeting friends for dinner? Won’t that be something that’ll get you to look forward to Mondays?
Join a class
The year approximately has 52 Mondays. It’s difficult to have an event scheduled for every Monday. How about joining a class that helps you learn something you've always wanted to? It will help replace the Monday morning blues with excitement and anticipation for your class that evening. Not only that, you’ll even be more productive at work that Monday! After all Monday is much more than work anyway right?
Get to work on time
You know how it feels when you’re late for work? It seems like everyone else has got a head-start and you will never be able to catch up. Avoid this feeling particularly on a Monday. Getting to work on time if not a little earlier on Mondays gives you enough time to plan and start the work week on a good note.
Schedule and try to finish all the tasks you dread on Friday itself. The excitement of the weekend reduces the dreariness of the tasks anyway. Try to schedule tasks you enjoy on a Monday and plan the day in a manner that will allow you to finish work on time. This helps set the pace for the entire week ahead.
Avoid work on weekends
While checking emails and voice mails over the weekend reduces the anticipation of what awaits you on a Monday morning, it may not be the best strategy as it keeps you thinking about work. Disconnecting completely helps you rejuvenate and ready to tackle the work week ahead.
These small changes will surely make Mondays less dreadful. However if you approach every work day with the same dread as a Monday, there may be a bigger problem that needs to be addressed. In the meanwhile, hope you’re looking forward to this Monday!