1. Stop complaining about Monday already.
When we give a word to an experience, it becomes real. It comes alive. This is a linguistic truth. For example, there’s no Tagalog equivalent for the word snow because snow is a non-existent concept within the Tagalog experience. The Philippines is in the tropics. The Spanish nieve (nyebe) only comes close, but this too was assimilated in Tagalog to call that icy type of precipitation that we only knew of from foreign media.
Similarly, when we verbalize our negative feelings about Monday aloud or on social media or elsewhere, the previously nebulous feelings solidify and our hatred towards Monday intensifies. What seems like a harmless expression of our feelings results in self-inflicted pains.
When we verbalize our negative feelings about Monday aloud or on social media or elsewhere, the previously nebulous feelings solidify and our hatred towards Monday intensifies. What seems like a harmless expression of our feelings results in self-inflicted pains.
Monday anxiety is much like stage fright. The terrible feelings towards an event precede the actual experience of the event. However, by anticipating that a negative thing will happen, we psyche ourselves to actually performing poorly and focusing on the negative points of the event. Thus, the negativity becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Our Mondays actually suck because we think they’d suck. We do bad in our speeches because we think we’d do bad.
By anticipating that a negative thing will happen, we psyche ourselves to actually performing poorly and focusing on the negative points of the event. Thus, the negativity becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It all starts in the mind. We should train ourselves to treat Monday neutrally, to accept the fact that Mondays happen naturally, and that it is not any much different from the other days of the workweek. Besides, no amount of complaining can make Monday go away. Let’s stop wasting our energy on that.
2. “Personal projects” weekend.
Whiling away the weekend in bed, scrolling on social media all day, and binging on your favorite TV shows seem to be the best idea ever. However, these passive activities cause a great dip in our energy and motivation, which then have to forcibly shoot up on Monday to meet the hustle of Monday work demands. This is why we feel extra sluggish on Monday. From a slow weekend, we have turn ourselves up a lot more notches higher than we do on other days.
Passive activities (e.g. scrolling on social media, binging on favorite TV shows) cause a great dip in our energy and motivation, which then have to forcibly shoot up on Monday to meet the hustle of Monday work demands.
(DISCLAIMER: I know I read the above stated ideas from an Internet article years ago. I just can’t find it now.)
But this doesn’t mean that you should totally refuse yourself the pleasure of a much-deserved relaxation and idleness. The point here is to stay at least half as active on the weekend. For example, you can devote half of the day to relaxation and the other half to working on personal projects like building your portfolio, making a cover of your LSS, or catching a legendary Pokémon.
If Sunday is family day to you, then family day it is.
Just do the things that you usually can’t on a typical workday and enjoy each passing moment.
3. Don’t walwal on Sunday night.
Recovering from the morning-after hungover takes time, water, and a lot of prayer. Going to work feeling like crap on the most hated day of the workweek is not a smart move at all.
Reserve Sundays to relaxation and personal projects. Go back to number 2.
4. Calendar your tasks before Monday.
Human as we are, we are easily overwhelmed by the idea of having to accomplish A LOT of things within a short period of time. However, once we break them down into small chunks and assign them to specific dates, we begin to see clearly that (1) these tasks can be accomplished, (2) how specifically we can accomplish them, and (3) which tasks can be deprioritized, delegated, or scrapped altogether.
By calendaring your tasks, you gain a sense of control over the situation because you gain a sense of what exactly to do. This ‘sense of control’ is proven to be an effective fix to stress and anxiety about a heavy workload. By having a ‘sense of control,’ you feel confident about meeting the demands of the coming week and coming out of it all alive and in one piece.
By calendaring your tasks, you gain a sense of control over the situation… This ‘sense of control’ is proven to be an effective fix to stress and anxiety about a heavy workload.
5. Call an early night on Sunday.
This is hard, I know! But you have to have a good night’s sleep so you won’t be puyat the next day and be cranky and tired already as soon as you wake up. For starters, abstain from caffeinated drinks after 6PM and be in bed an hour before you’re supposed to be KO.
Other recommendations: Clean sheets, clear bed, fresh shower, sleep naked, and a blue light filter app on your gadget.
Other, other recommendation: Lather moisturizer on your face and body so when you wake up the next day and look in the mirror, you’ll see that your skin’s glowing from the inside like you’ve bathed in the blood of innocent virgins.
6. Power-dress on Monday.
When you look your best, you feel your best too. Your confidence S L A Y S.
I’ve seen this many times with my students. When they’re required to wear business formal for a graded class activity, say proposal presentation, their overall demeanor changes. They mature instantly and take the task more seriously. Even the most trembling kiddo in the class pushes himself harder to do better.
So reserve your lousy clothes towards the end of the week. Wake up early and take more time to doll up and do your hair. Admire yourself in the mirror. Take some selfies before you go out. Be the prettiest creature on the ugliest day of the week.
(If you get compliments for looking great, S L A Y. If you get compliments from your crush, super S L A Y.)
7. Don’t be late for work on Monday.
The traffic in this country is beyond worst. Don’t overdo number 6 and plan accordingly. You shouldn’t be rushing to work on a Monday. Rushing and getting caught in the traffic will make you stressed out even before your actual work starts. This stress spoils the rest of the workweek because you’d most probably start wishing to “fastforward to the weekend.” When you start wishing so, you start to resent the rest of the workweek.
Rushing and getting caught in the traffic will make you stressed out… This stress spoils the rest of the workweek because you’d most probably start wishing to “fastforward to the weekend.” When you start wishing so, you start to resent the rest of the workweek.
Monday work preps should be slow and laxed. Play your favorite music. Dance to it. Sing in the shower. Have a big breakfast. Slip. into. the grind. gently.
Walk slowly to work and take in the beauty of the morning sunshine (or night lights if you’re on night shift), the trees, the buildings, the people. Take in every second of the moment.
8. Eat GREAT food on Monday.
It could be breakfast or lunch, or both. I know this is kinda burgis, but this doesn’t mean eating out in all cases. It could be throwing in a few bucks to have that extra special sandwich spread for breakfast or five bacon strips in your packed lunch.
Eating your favorite food is something that you can look forward to on Monday, especially if you have an extra fragile temper every Monday. A good meal with good company is even better. Paying extra for a cup of brewed coffee (Php 5.00 for 3-in-1 coffee mix VS Php 25.00 REAL coffee from a convenience store) counts too.
Think about it: If Mondays are crap and you eat crappy food on Mondays, what good is there?
For most cases, there’s nothing that good food cannot fix. Reflect on this.
9. Stay away from chronic complainers.
You did not abstain from complaining on Sunday night just to throw it all away in the dump on Monday! Follow through and keep your spirits to at least neutral for the whole of Monday. When a coworker starts ranting and whining as soon as she steps in the door, sympathize (coz it’s Monday after all) then distance yourself, emotionally and physically. If you’re the sensitive type, meaning you absorb other people’s emotions easily, then the sooner you excuse yourself, the better.
You did not abstain from complaining on Sunday night just to throw it all away in the dump on Monday! Follow through and keep your spirits to at least neutral for the whole of Monday.
You’re not being callous here. They just don’t know how to handle difficult situations and frankly, they have no right to drag anyone into their drama and neither do you. This applies to all days of the week, all-year round.
Futher read: How to Deal with Chronic Complainers from lifehacker.com
10. Do an act of kindness.
Kindness makes you happy. Both when you’re on the giving and the receiving end.
When you’re in a bad mood, Monday or not, push yourself to deliberately do an act of kind. It could be something random or small like being courteous to a stranger in the commute or bringing your co-workers free snacks. It’s HARD because it’s counter-intuitive, but according psychology, behavior can actually influence attitude. When you do something outwardly positive even if you feel negative on the inside, your outward positivity infects the inside so much so that you will eventually feel positive on the inside too.
When you do something outwardly positive even if you feel negative on the inside, your outward positivity infects the inside so much so that you will eventually feel positive on the inside too.
11. Accomplish your tasks for the day.
You did not get up, take a bath, and bear the traffic to work just to show up and do nothing. Always make your Monday matter. Perform and accomplish your tasks for the day, so when you look back at the day that you’ve had (“What’s good, Monday?”) you’d see that you have actually done some things meaningful and productive VS you did nothing, your Monday was unremarkable and pointless, there’s nothing to be proud of, you hate yourself.
The sense of accomplishment from meeting your goals for the day will give you a sense of importance at work. At the end of the day, getting up, taking a bath, and bearing the traffic to work will all then make sense.
12. Be thankful about something.
Studies show that make being thankful makes you happier.
So thank the lorde for the good food, your squad at work, the Monday that surprisingly went well. Thank the lorde that you survived Monday. Thank the lorde for the opportunity to do better tomorrow.
Mondays still suck despite your best efforts?
Does everyday feel like Monday to you?
13. Perhaps you’re in the wrong company.
In the two sense of the word ‘company’: (1) people, and (2) work.
No amount of effort and positive thinking can fight off for a long time a negativity that is much bigger than you. Abandon ship. Srysly.