Dealing with Monday-itis
Mondayitis… when starting the working week feels like you are waking the dragon within.
It can really knock you about and make the work week feel like a real drag.
Here are our tips for combating Mondayitis.
1. Mondayitis is all about starting the week from a cold start. Often once you begin, you keep rolling through the week, but getting started can be the hard part.
You can roll into the week a little easier if you remind yourself on Friday of what you are looking forward to on Monday.
So, before you finish work on Friday, make a note of one thing you need to do on Monday that you find enjoyable at work. Set it in your phone and make it pop up as a reminder Monday morning.
And don’t give into the thinking there is nothing to look forward to. That is plain uncreative! No matter what, you can always find something to look forward to, even if it’s just a reminder about the big picture; how work right now is stepping you toward a better tomorrow.
"It's just been a long week, that's all."
"It's monday night, Jess."
"My point exactly.”
Scott Westerfeld, Touching Darkness
'Life is beautiful"
3. Remind yourself of the bigger picture.
Another reason for Mondayitis is because we feel like life is ‘rinse and repeat’. We have lost sight of the bigger picture and things to look forward to.
This is about a sense of hope for the future.
If you are struggling with this, try clearing up in your head where you are heading in life, and how your work fits into that right now.
Finish this sentence:
“In five years time, I am looking forward to…… Work right now will help me get to here because….”
4. Know when the weekend finishes.
Sunday is a work night, as in the night before you go to work the next day. So your weekend starts Friday at knock off, but it ends Sunday early evening.
Aim to get about 7hrs sleep on work nights. “If you regularly get less than 7 hours of sleep, you're not at your best," says Thomas Balkin, PhD, director of behavioral biology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md
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2. Make the most of your weekends.
Work can be a slog. But you will manage this better if life outside of work is balanced and fills up some of your fun ‘tank’ that work might deplete.
So if work takes it out of you, make the most of your weekends by planning something that fills you up and gives you back energy and positivity.
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