After the end of the weekend, many people return to work with the belief that Monday is usually a day of non-stop work, meetings, and the harsh reality of going back to the weekly grind. Even in Student Affairs, many of my peers, colleagues, and students all dread the idea of heading back to classes and the weekly routine after relaxing for a restful weekend of fun events, sleeping, Netflix, and more. Despite how quick weekends go by and upsetting to head back to a busy week at work, what if I told you that Monday my favorite day of the week? (Yes, even more than Fridays at times.)
With Wednesday being known as hump day and TGIF as the highlights for a productive week, the idea of Monday’s being seen as a positive stress reliever might have some people on the fence about changing the perception. As a lover on the Monday morning lifestyle, I wanted to share some of the ways that people can help their peers, friends, students, and themselves make their Mondays a brighter start to their weekly plans.
1. Motivational Mondays
Every Monday, I use social media as a positive outlet to help motivate myself and my friends to take on the week with confidence, aka Motivational Monday. This weekly movement uses motivational messages, quotes, postings, and other ways to help people reach for success to start their week. I love seeing others share their positivity with this hashtag because it allows people to feel empowered and confident about themselves. Half of the battle towards reaching any goal is believing that you can make a difference and be successful. Using this social media motivator to start your Monday can turn the fear of a long conference meeting, list of emails, and other office tasks, into goals to make you Mondays start off a week of success.
2. Setting Realistic Short Term Goals
Short term goals always feel great because they usually can be completed within minutes, hours, or even a day depending on the concept of the goal. One way to counter the Monday blues is setting a goal that you can achieve before you leave work. Make this goal personal to something you can be proud of and will help your overall mood. By starting your day off with an accomplishment, your drive and dedication to your work week will get stronger. So when you believe that you can reduce the email in your inbox, keep your energy up until noon, or just get through the day, you find ways to make your productive goals motivators for a successful Monday.
3. Refresh and Refuel
A rested and calm mentality can not only reduce internal stress, it can also limit the effects of external issues ,which can be a huge benefit during a stressful day. These refreshers can be:
- taking a walk around your community before you head to work
- a fresh cup of water, coffee, hot chocolate or other drinks to help with your morning
- just taking a break from your office.
Do what you have to do to clear your mind. The battle of stress is always won with a positive start to your challenges and the belief that you will be victorious. Remember that even the hardest workers need to recharge and prepare for the upcoming day so that unexpected twists and turns don’t stop their paths to success.
4. Smile, You Made It To The Start Of A New Week
Even with the noise of your alarm clock, the feeling of the Monday commute to work, and entering your office after a relaxing couple of days off, remember that you can make the best of any day by believing in yourself and the opportunities in front of you. Want to progress on that dream goal you planned five years ago? Do you have a new idea for your organization that you wanted to share with your peers that can lead you to new levels of success? Are you excited to try something new this week? If so, these examples are just some of the many reasons why Monday’s can be the start of a new and exciting week filled with success. I want to make the personal challenge to everyone to reflect on your personal success and make Monday the start of an exciting and accomplished week filled with personal goal setting and motivation for a positive lifestyle.
Here’s to another successful week and remember, the next time you hear an “It’s Monday” comment, be sure to reply with “Yes, it’s going to be a great one, you can make a difference this week.”
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
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Podcast With Conor McLaughlin on SA Work-Life Balance