It’s possible to absolutely love Mondays. It’s possible to love them so much, that when your alarm clock wakes you up before the crack of dawn every Monday morning, that you jump out of bed on fire to start your work day. Now before you think I’ve had too much coffee and have gone totally crazy, I want you to know that I’ve been in your shoes.
I’ve had the Sunday night blues. I’ve had the nervous, dreadful feeling while getting ready for work on Monday morning. I’ve felt trapped in the 9-5 daily grind, hamster-wheel life that I thought I was ‘supposed’ to live. That was before I took massive action, over and over, to find and do work that I absolutely love, and create a career that lights me up.
It takes a lot of work, but it’s possible to do work that ignites your life and makes you feel incredibly on fire. Here’s how to love Mondays:
Wake up and smile.
This may seem silly, but you should definitely try it. It’s a way to tell your brain that today is going to be a great day. Think of something that makes you happy. Take a big stretch and get up and start your day.
Tell yourself you’re beautiful.
This can be a real challenge, but I want you to do it anyway. Like anything else, it gets easier with practice. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you’re beautiful. Pick out one or two things that you love about yourself and acknowledge them.
Make someone else’s morning delightful.
Surprise your loved one, kids, or even your pet with a big hug and smile in the morning. Share something positive with them and help them have a good morning too.
Streamline your life
One reason some people feel stuck and dissatisfied with their lives and careers is that the 9-5 isn’t exactly 9-5. In fact, it’s more like 8-6. Then, after work, it’s the daily responsibilities of life before lying down, exhausted, at the end of the day. And then repeat. Day after day, for 40 years.
One of the best ways to start making your life more enjoyable is to streamline your life. Start getting rid of the empty activities: those time-sucking activities that don’t add any value to your life. Start making your daily tasks as efficient as possible, and delegate what you can hand off to someone else. When you streamline your daily tasks, you can create more time in your day to do the things you love. By maximizing the time you have to do things that light you up, life feels much more fulfilling and less like a hamster wheel.
Become a self-expert
In order to love Mondays, it’s important to have a strong understanding of who you are. When you really know what lights you up, what your innate strengths are, what type of work environment your personality type thrives in, and what kind of work schedule makes you feel energized, then you can choose a career path that aligns with these traits.
On your quest to become a self-expert, it’s important to know that clarity comes from taking action. Experiment with the parts of your work days that you have control over at in your current job. Can you vary your work hours, your work location, the order in which you accomplish your tasks, or who you’re working alongside? Take action and make some little changes in your work days.
Then pay attention to how you feel. Are you more energized, or feeling more drained? The more you take action, the more you’ll understand what type of work environment helps you feel fulfilled.
Do work you’re passionate about
It’s hard to love Mondays if you feel like you’re doing meaningless work. When you’re passionate about your work, however, your job becomes much more than a paycheck. When you feel on fire about the work you do, your career becomes very fulfilling and you can make a big impact.
Choose a career that fits into your ideal life
Most people choose a career path, then try to fit their lives around their career. They cram their personal lives into the few hours they have outside of work during evenings and weekends, and this time gets whittled away as they climb the corporate ladder.
I want you to do things differently. I want you to think about your ideal life, and choose a career path that fits well into the lifestyle and schedule you desire. Do you want a flexible schedule, or a set schedule? Do you want to go to work at a big company, surrounded by a lot of interesting people every day, or do you prefer to work somewhere smaller or independently?
Do you want to work at a set location, or do you prefer to travel for work, or even be able to work from anywhere? In your ideal career, do your work duties vary significantly and you work as a jack-of-all-trades, or are you an expert at one specific topic? In your ideal life, how many hours per week are you working?
When you choose a career that aligns with your overall dreams about your life, Mondays become a lot more awesome.
Use each day to become the best possible version of you
Maybe your work isn’t incredibly enjoyable. As you’re working toward an exit plan, use the time at your current job to become the best possible version of you. Do you want to develop your leadership skills? Ask to be in charge of a new initiative, plan an upcoming company party, or become a mentor to a newbie.
Do you want to get in better shape? Start a walking club at lunch with your coworkers. Use that time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and enjoy non work-related conversations. Do you want to improve your communication skills? Practice speaking up during meetings, and work on being an active listener.
When you start focusing on being the best possible version of you during your workdays, you start creating a positive environment, which can affect others around you too. This can lead to better Mondays for not only you, but your coworkers too.
We spent many hours of the best years of our lives at our jobs. When you follow these strategies, it can help make your Mondays, and your entire weeks, much more enjoyable.
Drink a glass of water and eat a snack before you start your day.
Fuel your body for the long day ahead.
Be grateful for what you have.
In the grand scheme of life, your Monday probably isn’t that bad. Think of people that are less fortunate than you and give thanks to what you have. Be grateful for your heath, your loved ones, your current financial status, and your career. Without these things, life would not be as beautiful, would it?
While driving to work, listen to music that you love and think about all that you’ve accomplished.
It’s OK, you can dance while you drive! Jam out on your way to work and get your juices flowing. As you begin to feel fully awake and present, take a moment to reflect on things that you’ve accomplished. What are you proud of? What have you done lately that has made you feel good about yourself?
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!
Let’s face it, Mondays sometimes ask us to do more things than we are capable of. Take a deep breath, and prioritize what absolutely has to get done. Make a list, and work through it one thing at a time.
Take a time-out.
During a crazy day it’s essential that we stop, close our eyes, and breathe. Even if it’s just for a few moments, take the time to reconnect with yourself. A short five-minute time-out can make a world of a difference during a chaotic Monday in the office.
Give out three compliments per day.
Not only will you most likely make someone else’s day, but you’ll feel a sense of happiness and kindness within yourself. Be brave.
Reconnect with your purpose.
Why are you here? What is your purpose in life? Sometimes we just need to take a few minutes to ask ourselves these kinds of questions. Our lives are often so busy and cluttered, that we forget what our true purpose is. Align yourself with what gives your life meaning and allows you to feel fulfilled.