By Tatiana Britton
On the next Monday, ask at least 20 people how they’re doing, and I can guarantee you a good chunk of them will say “It’s Monday” with a negative tone or sarcastic attitude. Now, many people mean innocent by this but somewhere in our lives we got this idea that Monday is the devil day of the week. Perhaps you are reading this right now and are thinking about how much you dread Mondays. I want to challenge those of you reading this to ask yourself why that is and provide you with ways that you can alter your negative mindset around Mondays and get the most out of them.
The most common reason people hate Mondays is because they feel their weekends went too fast and/or because they did not get enough done during the weekend to prepare for Monday.
Do you know what I hear when people mention this? Procrastination and perfectionism. I hear this because I am the same way and understand how it feels. The next time you feel that you are not prepared for Monday and start to complain about it, get real with yourself.
- Was there time that you spent fooling around when you knew you had work to do?
- Did you put important things off because you don’t want to do them, when you KNEW you’d be paying for it Monday?
- Are you being hard on yourself because you got a lot done but not ENOUGH done?
- Are you creating feelings of guilt because you took well deserved time off from work?
These are loaded questions, but they are important questions.
They can help you get in check with why you consistently have a negative mindset around Monday(s). If you pinpoint that your problem is procrastination, stop blaming Mondays for coming too quickly and start making some behavioral changes.
- Use an agenda—This could be your phone or a paper copy. Use it and write down what you need to get done!
- Time block—This could be an hour or 30-minute time blocks. Learn to time block to get the most out of your days. Time blocking requires you to focus on ONE task at a time. So that little project you have been procrastinating, must be your only focus during that time.
- If it takes 5-10 minutes to get done, do it right away. Stop putting off the little tasks and letting them build up to be mountains. Then you end up spreading yourself too thin and not getting anything done.
If you pinpoint that your problem is perfectionism, acknowledge it and replace it with praise and positivity. Then realize how Mondays are a great day to take advantage of.
- Learn to say no—Stop biting off more than you can chew and then calling yourself a failure because you did not get it all done. Be mindful of how much you agree to on the weekends and do not be afraid to say no. If you know you will not have enough time in your weekend to get it done by Monday, do not agree to it. There is no point saying yes when it is only going to stress you out and not even get done.
- Stop focusing on what you did not get done and focus on what you DID get done—If you knocked out 10/11 items on your to-do list why are you only focusing on that ONE. Do not waste your energy on what you didn’t accomplish yesterday. Yesterday is said and done.
- Focus on today—Since yesterday is said and done, rather than sitting in regret and hating on Mondays, why not use Monday to your advantage? Make it a goal to turn Mondays into your most productive day of the week. Be intentional with your Monday and before you know it, you will get a lot done during them and start to hate them less and less.
If none of the above reasons resonate with you and you have a negative mindset around Mondays because you have been conditioned to, start changing your language.
Mondays are a perfect opportunity to set the tone for your week. Start your Mondays with positivity and intent. YOU are in control of how the remainder of the week will go. You can hate Mondays and decide that your week will be garbage, or you can love Mondays and decide that you week will be amazing. It is your decision… Which one will you choose?