How To Have A Great Start To The Week

Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays?

Most people dislike Mondays. It just seems like the thing to do when Monday rolls around. I actually love Monday…I am one of those people that can separate themselves from work on my days off but Sunday nights I start brainstorming how I am going to attack and conquer the week starting Monday. It the pedestrian thing to do to moan (literally for 12 minutes the average worker moans about Monday – yikes) and groan about the start of the work week. Why though? Here are some interesting facts about Monday:

-According to The Telegraph UK: “Most of find the start of the week so demoralizing that we can’t even bear to crack a smile until 11:16am”

-As we struggle to shake off the Monday blues we will only manage three and a half hours of productive work
• 37% of job applications are submitted on Tuesdays, more than any other day

-The Top 5 ways to overcome the horrible Monday feeling:
(1) Watching TV
(2) Sex
(3) On-line shopping
(4) Buying chocolate or make-up
(5) Planning a holiday or event

-Nearly half of us are late for work

-Workers like to feel part of their “tribe” again after the weekend and need to chat to each other and spend time in communal areas

How To Love Mondays

-Eliminate negative thoughts and phrases like: “I can’t”, “I don’t”, “I shouldn’t”. BE POSITIVE!

-The Friday before the new week starts plan a lunch with a friend or coworker on Monday. This will give you something to look forward to when you start your work week

-The Law of Attraction states that what we focus on the most is what we attract more of in our lives (plan to enjoy Monday – Monday will become enjoyable)

-Partner up with a workout buddy to start your week off right with exercise. We’ve all done it…set our alarm early so we could workout or run or walk on Monday morning before going to work…if you are accountable only to yourself…the temptation is there to hit snooze (evidently too many times) but if you have committed with someone else, you are more likely to honor your Monday morning goal…find an accountability buddy

-Commit to being the positive influence in your office and don’t worry about the grouchy people. Make eye contact, say hello, smile.

-Dress up:
• According to Marie Claire, “American women of all ages and locations feel least attractive on Mondays”
How Clothes Can Boost Mood
How Your Clothes Affect Your Mood
• According to this article “jeans are more associated with a depressed mood state and that women should consider                  abandoning them for a different clothing choice in order to feel better”

-It’s a fresh start…every first day of our work week we have a chance to be great and it sets the tone for the rest of the week

-Since we know that people want to reconnect with their “work tribe” on Mondays…Retail organizations can host a continental breakfast for the first 30-60 minutes of the workday on Mondays to encourage socializing and reconnecting with coworkers. This will support a focus on productivity when employees return to their desks [we did this at our company and found it to be extremely worthwhile for Monday’s productivity]

Mondays give us another opportunity to align ourselves with our intentions, both personally and professionally. Life is busy and we all have a million things to do. Heading into this day, not as a day to dread but as a day to accomplish things, will give us an edge over those that grumble and groan about it. Make Monday Great!

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