Monday we meet again. I love Mondays. I didn’t always love this day of the week but I definitely do now. I used to see Mondays as a necessary evil. It was the end of the weekend, start of the work week and the end of fun until Friday. This perspective was reinforced by my coworkers and fellow members of the collective workforce because it was a pass to drag along and to share a common bond.
A Case of the Mondays
A ‘case of the Mondays’ <insert Office Space reference here> has been reinforced by popular culture and seems to represent the dominate attitude toward the start of the work week. Mondays are humdrum. Mondays are kill joys. Mondays are slow, sleepy and we might as well just skip to Tuesday, right? Right? Wrong!
My attitude toward Mondays quickly changed once I discovered passion in my career. Once I started doing what I truly enjoyed, I started viewing Mondays through a new lense: a fresh start. Mondays started becoming a blank slate and a chance to really wow my clients, coworkers and myself.
Unlock the Hidden Power of Mondays
Once I started seeing Mondays as an opportunity instead of a drawback, I quickly realized that I could get ahead in my productivity, to-dos, objectives and outcomes. Simply adjusting how I viewed this one day day of the week provided me with a huge opportunity! I started viewing this first day of the workweek as an asset instead of a dreaded necessity.
Think about it. While others are getting off to a slow start, you can capitalize on the workweek by attacking Mondays … That means more productivity, energy and a greater sense of accomplishment, which can move you even closer to your goals.
Warning: This idea is contagious. Viewing Mondays differently can be a competitive advantage and before long people will start to notice. They’ll wonder how you’re staying so far ahead and why you seem more motivated. Basically, you’ll be more awesome.
Productivity Battle: Weekends vs. Mondays
Some people start their workweek even earlier by going through emails and getting organized on Sundays, etc. I understand because I used to do do the same thing out of necessity. I was pulling 90-hour work weeks and after experiencing complete burnout, I now leave the weekends (for the most part) for recharging and spending time with family and friends.
Taking a break provides me with the motivation and energy to kick Mondays into high gear, which boosts my entire week into hyper-productivity mode. Yes, some weekends I really have to fight the need to work. It’s tough because there’s always more to do. And sometimes, I do give in and work for a couple hours.
Rest Your Mind to Boost Creativity
I’ve found that if I commit to taking a mental break over the weekend, come Monday morning I’m rewarded because I have the energy, motivation and creativity to rock my workweek. Taking time to recharge broadens your perspective and increases your creativity. In my opinion, taking a couple days off is one of the best things you can do for yourself on a weekly basis.
So let’s do this. Let’s rock Monday so hard, others will wonder what the heck got into us. And, we can share a smile knowing the secret to our success is hidden in something as simple as how we view this one day of the week. Rock on.
Have you uncovered the hidden power of Mondays? Do you work on the weekends? How do you supercharge your workweek?
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