I love Mondays! Please don’t throw nerf balls at me just yet. Hear me out.
I’ve experienced enough Monday mornings when I’ve woken up totally zonked and ready to pull the covers over my head for the rest of the day. I’ve had mornings when I wake up totally stressed about some unpleasant meeting or activity that lay ahead. All of us have had legitimate reasons to angst over some Mondays, or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays or any other day of the week for that matter. But do all of us have reasons to be moody every single Monday?
In a Forbes article, author Alexander Kjerulf suggested that Monday (work) Blues have become a cultural phenomenon. We’re not moody and grumpy because it’s Monday; we behave the way we do because it’s the accepted standard of behavior in the social groups we belong to.
A research study out of Australia asked 202 people what they imagined was their typical mood on each day of the week. The results indicated that people thought they were in their worst moods on Monday morning and evening; their best moods on Friday and Saturday mornings and evenings. Then they studied an additional 353 people, asking them how they actually felt during different times of the day, each day of the week. Surprise, surprise. People’s mood tended to remain about the same throughout the week. Weekends were not that special after all, and Monday’s weren’t bad either!
I’ve always liked Mondays because it’s the perfect day to correct last week’s mistakes.
While every day is a new opportunity to start something new, Monday is doubly awesome because it’s also the first day of the work week. Personally, I eat my healthiest on Mondays.
If something was bugging me from the previous week, I usually come up with a plan for resolving it over the weekend. By Monday, I’m charged up and can’t wait to take action.
When I’ve had a particularly disruptive or boring weekend, I find myself happy to get back to the normalcy of a weekday routine. For some, it’s even therapeutic.
My goal is to do one thing that will make me happy every Monday. I’m not looking to do anything spectacular or exciting. I’m looking to recognize simple pleasures that make me feel as if I’ve accomplished something, that I’ve done a good deed. It’s:
- The feeling of satisfaction after handing in a quality report or posting a blog.
- Calmly juggling the wave of constant interruptions and still getting my work done.
- Taking a quick walk around the block at lunch time.
- Sipping a fresh cup of perfectly made coffee.
- Reading a good book while doing the laundry in the evening.