Do you have a case of the “Mondays”? Well join the rest of society. Disliking Mondays is not only common; it’s got some scientific backing. People will spend 34 minutes complain today compared to 22 minutes other days. Many people don’t even crack a smile until after 11am on Mondays! And to top it all off, most people only get 3 1/5 hours of productive work in on Mondays.
So why do people hate Mondays? Well on top of the fact that it’s the first day of the workweek, most of the time sleep plays a part in the issue. Often times we try to squeeze a lot in to our weekends. We do yard work, projects and stay up far to late. Changing our sleep schedule makes it very difficult to get up and adds to fatigue….especially on Monday morning. Changing our eating habits also makes a difference. Over eating or over drinking will play a part in how you feel and your energy levels come Monday morning.
The best way to have a great Monday is to try and get some needed rest over the weekend! Be sure to continue with your exercise routine and eating habits. Another great way to make your Monday and the rest of your week go smoothly is to spend the first part of Monday creating a plan for the week. Often times people are depressed on Mondays thinking about all the things they need to get done that week. Designating small goals and tasks each day will prevent you from getting overwhelmed and keep you motivated daily. Remember to leave a little extra time in each day to allow for projects that take longer than planned or for that extra task your boss throws in last minute.
Another way to keep Mondays exciting is to create something to look forward to. People usually take their lunch each day and go out to lunch on Fridays. Try reversing that and make Monday the day you treat yourself to lunch. It will also give you a little extra time to get ready Monday morning.
Remember, it’s all about your attitude. Starting the week off with a positive attitude will help your Monday and the rest of your week to be productive and go smoothly! So smile….before 11am :)
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