6 Ways to Tame Your Case of the Mondays
6 Ways to Tame Your Case of the Mondays
Oct 12, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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The dreaded Monday. How come Monday gets such a bad rap? It’s 24 hours just like every other day of the week, but have you ever listened to conversations that people have about their week and the days associated with it? It is often the case that Friday is viewed as the best day of the week, can’t wait for it to arrive, can’t get here soon enough. Then, we have Wednesday, often referred to as “hump day,” the midpoint of a week – get through Wednesday and another week is soon to be in the books. But Monday is a day that doesn’t get a whole lot of love.
If you’re one of those people, have you ever asked yourself, ‘Why do I hate Mondays?’ What if you could start to love Mondays? It’s actually pretty easy, here are a few places to start the next time Monday rolls around:
- Plan something special to kick of this dreaded day. Start a new tradition that excites you and energizes your day; an ‘I can’t wait’ experience – and only treat yourself to this on Monday. Another idea: eliminate a task on Monday that you don’t like performing.
- Gain control. Get out of bed earlier. Enjoy a second cup of coffee. Finish what you meant to complete Sunday night. Create a calmness to the start of your week. Positivity is contagious. Start your week off well and notice how the rest of the week follows.
- Ask yourself, ‘Are you prepared to face Monday?’ A little planning in advance goes a long way to ensure your success. Clothes, food, transportation, and meetings can quickly send your Monday out of control. Pay attention to patterns that trip you up. Approach Monday as a fresh start, a new beginning. And always remember: past Mondays don’t control this one.
- Give and get some love. Set yourself up for success. Let’s face it, we all have people two kinds of people in our lives – those we can’t wait to see on Monday morning, those who energize us and make us smile, and those we’re not as eager to face. The reality is that there are people in our lives that just send us into a tailspin; they are miserable and they want you to join them. When possible, avoid that person until Tuesday!
- Live with purpose. Think about impacting others to begin your week; take your mind off of your issues and put your talents to work helping someone else. Ask yourself, ‘Who needs me today?’ Trust me, there are plenty of opportunities waiting for you. Make it a Monday goal to impact at least one person in a positive way. When you do this selfless act, take time to pause and reflect and let the joy you receive fill you up.
- Pray it in. Begin your Monday morning in conversation with God: “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3
So there you have it – a few specific ideas to improve your Monday. Why not choose just one or two of the ideas and put them into practice next week? Before you know it, you will be welcoming Mondays and telling others, “I just can’t wait for Monday, it’s the best day of the week!”
Reflect & Meditate
Can you choose to run wild; to risk everything? To hold nothing back.
To lay it all on the line: your reputation, your success, your comfort.
It’s that moment when fear is overcome by faith. Live Free.
It’s not the liberty to do whatever you want, whenever and wherever you want,
but rather it’s living in course with the author of humanity and finding freedom
by connecting with the Creator who conceived you.
Let the light flood into your eyes for the first time. Feeling the blood course through
your veins, find the truest version of yourself by knowing the one who knows you even
better than you know yourself. Love strong. Because you were first loved.
Because without love we all perish. Because the earth and the stars can and will pass
Away, but love, love will always remain. (O God Forgive Us – King and Country)