Have you ever known someone who hates Mondays? Most likely, yes. Have you wondered why?
Well it’s simple enough: weekend finished. First day of the work week. Five treacherous days ahead. Game. Over.
I find no comfort in generalizing, so I’ll begin with this: I know not everyone works with wonderful people, nor has the ideal job. Not everybody was able to pursue their choice of career path in life, and not everyone is on a paved path even. So some people really may be in a difficult situation, but there’s a chance every weekday feels like that to them.
Those individuals aside, a fair amount of people hate Mondays exclusively. So what is it that’s so wrong with Mondays?
Anything that’s wrong usually just means there’s an imbalance present of some thing. And ironically, the dreaded Monday is often something we do to ourselves. You may not become someone who loves Mondays, but it might be surprising how successfully you can change the way you’re wired, as long as you properly rewire yourself:
Spread things out
We place such a grand emphasis on the weekend—saving all our fun activity, social events, nights out with friends, family breakfasts, catching up on sleep—all on the same two days. We end up clustering all the incentives into one part of the week, creating disproportion. Everything is on the weekend, then why bother smiling on a weekday? Secondly we overload activity, so weekends often end up being more exhausting, making the Monday-morning rise even more miserable.
Why not meet a friend for lunch during the week if you can—or coffee and conversation after work before you head home (it might get you out of rush hour too). Make a short visit to someone’s house. Go to an early evening movie. Do something small—but plan it, so that you have things to look forward to during the week too.
Negativity works the same for days as it does for seasons. The dead of Winter may not be your cup of tea, but whatever you put out makes the environment good or bad. If you constantly complain about the season, spitting up complaints, it’ll make Winter exceedingly worse—of course you’ll hate it, look what you’re doing in it.
Try finding positives and be benevolent. If you can’t find positives, try faking it. If you can’t fake it, just say nothing. If you complain about it more, you’ll think about it more, and when you think about it more, you’ll naturally feel down.
Be wary of the Red Bull effect
I had a friend in high school who drank a Red Bull can for studying purposes, and I watched her energy level shoot up to the sky and then drop straight down. Too many people build their excitement up all week so that friday night becomes a life’s worth wait. After that, Saturday is a wonderful, solid day off. But you know what, so is Sunday.
Don’t spend it talking about how you hate Mondays. That’s not efficient. Monday will still come when it has to come. Have a great Sunday in the mean time.
Take care of yourself
You already know Monday is going to feel bad. Instead of anticipating the obvious, seek out solutions. Put in the effort to at least try and make it better. Sleep early on sunday. Plan to do something Monday morning that’s incentive enough for you to get to bed early and wake up early.
Have some great breakfast. Look nice. Read the paper. Get to work on time. If you sleep late, you get up late, you get to work late, you have a late start on work, and then there’s the lingering reality of 4 more days of this. Procrastination is the worst start to pretty much anything. Take care of yourself.