Your job & career can be a heavy going – but never more so than on a Monday.
After a weekend, getting on the weekday track is tough. And the entire blame passes on to that poor fellow named ‘Monday’. Monday Morning Blues is what this highly communicable syndrome is known as. The symptoms are visible from Sunday evening. The signs include a tough time getting to sleep, struggling to get out of bed in the morning, snoozing the alarm more than usual, irritability, impatience & social aloofness, pessimism about your weekly tasks….
Though believed to be incurable, experts today opine that Mondays are all in the mind and call for breathing some life into Mondays. By bringing a change in perspective, they say one has the ability – believe it – to be happy on a Monday!
Stop complaining: Easier said than done did you say? The best way to deal with a Monday is by taking up a crusade against the syndrome. Imagine a world in which no-one complained about Monday! We know it’s a habit but from here on refrain from cribbing about the day. And lend a deaf ear to those who do.
Go easy on the weekend: Weekends are not the time to complete a never-ending list of home jobs & mundane tasks: going to bank, meeting up with a distant relative who is visiting the city, heading for a doctor’s appointments and clean-up sessions. A weekend is not a weekend if you are just lining up a different set of tasks. Meet friends, block a slot for that must-watch movie or tough as it sounds – do nothing!
Take a piece of weekend fun into the week: Carry a bit of your weekend into Monday. Reserve a piece of the celebration for a Monday evening or if we just heard you groan that it is not possible, remember you have re-charged and are bursting with energy. Think of how you will feel by Thursday – burnt out, tired, over-worked , under-paid, whatever.
Start the week on a positive note: Find something to celebrate this Monday. Bring out a couple of good things about the day – people who appreciated you or staff you can appreciate, a few minutes of ME time, an office joke or catching up with a colleague. You could be surprised by how good a day it was!
Stop counting days till Friday: Another habit to break. Come out of the psychological challenge of letting Monday blues mount pressure on you. Every day bring its own challenges or celebrations. Seriously, it’s time you remembered you could have a lousy Friday too. Mondays are all in the mind they say!