HOW TO OVERCOME MONDAYITIS
You know the feeling. The alarm goes off. It’s Monday again. You really feel like staying in bed. You have to will yourself toward the coffee pot, then to the shower, then onward. You almost feel human by the time you start work for the day. This is Mondayitis.
To be fair, you aren’t the only person on the planet who struggles with Mondays. And there could be any number of reasons for this. Perhaps your job doesn’t rock your boat. Perhaps you’re just not a morning person. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the work you have to do this week (hello looming to-do list!)
But you don’t have to be someone who struggles with Mondays. Like most aspects of life, a small change in behaviour can produce big results. If you feel like Mondays are the worst day ever, trial these three strategies and make your Monday mornings great again.
Know your one thing
Business and personal development gurus regularly talk about the importance of having a vision. It is your vision that gives you direction. That direction helps clarify what actions you must take on an ongoing basis.
If you don’t have a vision, it is very difficult to determine what you should be doing and when. This contributes to the uncertainty of your Monday mornings. Uncertainty can manifest in many ways such as anxiety, lethargy, and ambivalence.
You can remove (at least some of) your Monday morning uncertainty by clearly understanding your vision. I like to call this your one thing.
What is your one thing? If you don’t know, take some time over the coming days and weeks to think about it. Dedicate time to ponder what you want to achieve. Consider what your legacy will be. The effort is worth it.
For a more immediate result, there’s a great question that you can answer. It comes from Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Without A Title. He asks “What one thing, once achieved, will make this year your best year yet?” When you can answer that, you will have a very clear idea of what kinds of activities you should fill your days with.
Prepare on Sunday
Waking on Monday morning without a clear idea of what your day will involve means you wake with uncertainty. It is this uncertainty that can see you stuck not knowing where to start your day.
Much of the uncertainty around what you should do each day can be removed by simply having a plan of action. This plan will be based on your one thing.
You can get a head start on your week by creating your plan for Monday morning on Sunday evening. It’s a simple process. First, consider what you need to achieve in the week ahead. This will inform your daily action list. Then list just three important activities that you will tackle on Monday. Lastly, create dedicated time slots in your calendar for each task.
It is essential that you schedule your activities. Task lists alone do not produce the clarity and the outcomes that you deserve.
Practice a morning ritual
Humans are creatures of habit. Habits make us more efficient. You can take advantage of habits by creating a ritual that you follow each morning. This ritual will make sure you start the day off the right way every time. Once you practice your ritual for 6 weeks, it will become a positive habit.
A morning ritual delivers a consistent way for you to start your day, and it’s particularly useful on a Monday morning when you might think staying in bed is the best option.
You can easily create your own morning ritual by choosing 3 activities that you will undertake each and every morning. Your morning ritual will most likely take 30-45 minutes to complete.
What 3 positive activities will help you set up a day of success? Here are some ideas:
- Perform a mindful body scan
- Write in your gratitude journal
- Watch a motivational video
- Read an article or chapter from a book
- Practice yoga, tai qi or qigong
The morning ritual might be one of the most powerful strategies for starting your day the right way. Commit to it and you will see some big changes.
The only way to change outcomes is to change behaviour. If you truly want to say goodbye to Mondayitis, commit to changing at least one behaviour now. You may choose one of those presented here, or something else that you know will make a positive impact. Just change something.