How to Make Sure You Never Have a “Case of the Mondays”

What is it about Mondays? For some, they are the bain of their existence.  For most, they are at least a pain in the… well you know. One of my favourite movies “Office Space” called this feeling “a case of the Mondays”. But for a small group, they are one of the best days of the week.

I’m one of those weird people who actually looks FORWARD to Mondays. See I LOVE what I do. As a speaker, coach, author and blogger, I have what I consider a great privilege. I get to try to help make the lives of others better. That’s pretty awesome, but there’s more. I am also blessed to get up each and every day excited about what lies ahead. I’m actually excited to get up and start working on the things I’m doing in my business that week and the people I will get to help.

So today I was still excited to get up and get the week started. I was excited to tackle everything that I have on my schedule and see how much progress I can make. I’m excited too to see what develops over the course of the week, as I know there will always be surprises. What’s important about this for you is that, contrary to what many think, it IS possible to feel good about Mondays. It is possible to be excited about going to work, and if you aren’t excited, then maybe it’s time to reconsider what you are doing, where you are working, and if it’s time for a change.

Mondays should be a day of possibility and potential. They should be one of the best days of the week, not one of the worst. The only reason for Monday to be the worst day of the week is if you think about it as the farthest day from the weekend. If you think about Mondays this way, then no doubt it is the worst day of the week, but if you are thinking this way, Mondays are the least of your concerns. If you are working with an attitude of living for the weekend, it’s time to change some things.

Too many people are living for the weekend. They endure their jobs all week so that they can finally enjoy themselves on the weekend. The problem with this is two fold. First of all, it means you are only enjoying two fifths of your week. That’s crummy enough, but if that weren’t enough, it means that you are wasting the most productive hours of your day and years of your life, doing something you don’t enjoy and that’s simply criminal. Life is far too short and way too good to live it this way.

Listen, I get that you have to make a living and sometimes you have to take a job to pay the bills. Nothing wrong with that. But if you are in a job you hate just so you can pay the bills, then my question to you is, are you working on something better? Do you have a plan for how you are going to make things better?

Are you working on your education and qualifications? Are you saving up to start your own business? Are you working on a promotion? If you are, great. It’s easy to endure something for a while if you know things will get better. But if you are stuck in a job you hate and you have no expectation for things to get better, no one wins. You’ll be miserable, your work will suffer, and your boss will be looking for someone else to fill your seat.

So this Monday I hope that you are starting the week excited, optimistic, and looking forward to what lies ahead. I hope you aren’t dragging yourself out of bed wishing it was Friday again. And if you are, I hope you’ll start making a plan for how you will change things.

This week, tell me if you look forward to Mondays or if you hate them and why. Let’s see who wins.