Three quick tips to beat the Monday blues

Beat the Monday bluesIt’s the start of another work week.  You look at what you need to accomplish by Friday evening and it feels like climbing Mount Everest would actually be the easier option.  Instantly you feel disheartened and slightly depressed.  Not the best way to kick off the week, but definitely not uncommon.  And because the Monday blues has become so common, we tend to shrug it off as ‘just one of those things’.

But if you stop to think about it, there might be more to it than that.  If you love what you do, you’re excited about getting on with it.  Even if there are bits of the job that you find more difficult, because you love what you do, or are excited about the end product, you can get through them.

So if you regularly go down with the Monday blues, it might be a sign that you’re not actually happy at work.  In which case, you need to look at what it is that’s causing this, so you can start to change it.

It might just be that you’re in the vicinity of someone else who’s been struck down with Mondayitis.  It’s highly contagious, and spreads quickly and easily through shared workspaces and conversations.  It only takes one colleague to be struck down by the Monday blues for it to start to infect everyone else.  So what can you do to avoid catching it?  Here are three quick tips to help you cope.

  1. Sort Monday out on Friday.  Before you head off to enjoy your much-needed weekend R&R, take five or ten minutes to look at what you need to get through the following week.  Plan ahead, and especially for Monday morning.  That way, when you get in to the office on Monday, you already feel organised and a little ahead of the game, which is a great way to kick off the week.
  2. Eat that frog.  Mark Twain’s famous quote was “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”  Although I’m hoping you don’t need to do that literally, if you plan to get the most difficult thing you have to do out of the way before lunchtime on Monday, you’ll head into the rest of the day and week feeling like you’ve already achieved something and also feeling pretty great about yourself.  Worth a try, surely?
  3. Keep Monday meeting free.  If you can manage it, try to keep your Monday free of any meetings.  It gives you the whole day to really get through your workload before new emails, tasks and issues hit your in-tray.  It also gives you a chance to prepare for any meetings later in the week.

I hope these ideas help make your Mondays more manageable.  Do let me know how you get on!


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