Okay. Maybe not every Monday can be marvelous, but you can enjoy most of them for sure. Monday is actually one of my favorite days but that’s because I’m growing a business and no one ever signs training contracts on the week-ends. But if you hate Mondays, that’s suffering 14.3% of your life, without counting normal events like illness and loss. If you’re in a bad mood, you’re bringing down the rest of your team, too. Be the one who’s feeling great, and you’ll create a positive ripple effect, which also impacts engagement, performance and productivity,
One thing is for sure: no one else is going to make your Mondays better for you.
7 things you can do to make your Mondays better:
1. Make fun lunch plans for Monday.
You could bring caviar to work, if that’s what you like or plan to have lunch with friends at a cool restaurant. Or maybe even meet someone for breakfast or coffee. And then there’s always happy hour.
2. Before you get out of bed in the morning, get yourself in a great mood.
The fastest way to do this is to go through all the things for which you’re grateful. You can do better than "At least I have a job!" Think about your favorite things, a la Maria von Trapp, but you don’t have to break into song.
I always get up early enough so I don’t have to rush and it does take longer to wake up on Mondays.
3. Pretend like something really good is going to happen today.
If you’re expecting a great day, most likely it will be that way. And when you’re 90 years old, you’ll look back with fondness at your young chipper self of today. Besides, anything is possible. It could be a really awesome day for you.
Did you know that people who are stressed out and anxious are unable to observe changes in their environment? They’re completely absorbed by their own negative mental chatter. Studies show that they don’t even notice when things improve for them. You can’t see an opportunity unless you’re in the right frame of mind.
4. Go to bed early on Sunday.
It sounds un-glamorous, but getting some extra zz’s makes getting up early a lot easier!
5. If you’ve got some nasty meetings on the agenda, find the funny side.
Imagine you’re on your own version of Seinfeld and find the humor in your situation. It’s there if you look hard enough. You can also lead everyone through a pre-meeting relaxation exercise. That will raise the energy level and give you something fun to do.
If your meetings run on and on or are dominated by a few, that’s a communication problem. Call the Meeting Busters at Mixonian Institute to show you how to fix that pronto. Newest brain scan research shows people stop listening after 30 seconds. Yep!
6. Dress up more than usual.
As superficial as it sounds, success links undeniably to how you dress, although that’s also industry specific. If you work at Google, you could wear your finest tee shirt and flip flops.
7. Show extra appreciation.
As you drive to work, mentally consider each person you work with. Think of 2 or 3 specific things you appreciate about that person, even if those who are not your favorites. Everyone adds something to the mix. Then find a way to tell them. Even if they do faint from the shock of hearing an honest compliment, you’ll definitely make their day, and yours by extension.
If these don’t work, maybe you need a different job!