Mondays are terrible. We all know this. There a few die-hards that resist this notion and choose to deceive themselves into thinking that this vile days are not the harbingers of doom that they most certainly are. If you’ve ever noticed most alien invasion/disaster/apocalypse movies are set on a later weekday. Why? Because if they occurred on Mondays, then no one would actually be terrified or surprised, they’d just be really pissed off.
So, a few thoughts for salvaging that otherwise hopeless and disastrous day. Or for simply surviving it.
1) SAVE YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FOR MONDAY MORNING-
Workouts are hard. Workouts on Monday mornings are doubly, or triply hard. Most people recover on the weekend, and prying yourself out of bed for a brutal leg workout is not motivation, unless you are a sadist and like working out legs. Me, I tend to walk like a zombie with a dual hip replacement for two days afterwards, but you do what you do. Far be it from me to pass judgment. Save your favorite. Give yourself something to look forward to on that bleak and dreadful morning.
2) USE YOUR FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH AS YOUR ALARM-
It is hard to stay in bed with Tony Robbins yelling at you from the bedside table. I defy you to try it. It’s better than music. It is better than an alarm. Your waking moments are very impressionable moments. And having something inspirational or moving speaking to you in those first dark, dim moments can make all the difference.
3) KEEP A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES HANDY-
I keep a list now of quotes that really motivate and inspire me near me at all times. I’ve even categorized them on my phone. So, in a moment of doubt or (you thought I was going to say weakness didn’t you? Yeah…..right.) indecision I can refer to it. Some of them never fail to inspire me. And it’s amazing that different ones work at different times. Mondays are always a perfect reason to break out the emergency motivational quotes. Always.
4) MAKE MONDAYS YOUR MOST CHALLENGING DAY-
The problem with Mondays is not that they are overwhelming. It is that they are underwhelming. Most of us show up to work still out of sync from the weekend, half-dazed, dreading the day, disorganized and it takes until lunch before we’ve hit our stride. Then lunch interrupts whatever steam we had built up and we have to do it all again afterwards. Start out of the gate hard, push through and this day will whiz by without a blink. You’ll even get the superhero effect because everyone else will be moving so slow. You won’t be the office favorite, no, but you’ll be home and happy before they knew what hit them.
5) GO TO YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH-
Another way to make the day whiz by. I mean, look, you’ve already done your favorite workout, you spent five minutes listening to Steven Covey, you’ve reviewed you list and blasted through a morning of work like it was child’s play. You’re halfway there already! Thank me later. There are still five more hours to go in the workday.
Eat. Enjoy. We’ve got a busy day ahead of us!
Don’t think a lot. Move. Action solves far more problems than it creates. Sitting around worrying about them doesn’t solve them. Contemplating endlessly the amount you’ve got to get done today doesn’t help you get it done. It only adds to the stress. Dive in, head first. Starting the day off with action will inevitably make it a better day.
The entire world is grumpy. Stand out. Maybe you’ll start a global movement. Likely you won’t, but at least your immediate surroundings will be brighter. And no one expects a smiler on a Monday, so you’ll both surprise and disarm everyone around you. Except for Gus. Gus is a sourpuss. Forget him.