Good Moan-day to you!
Are you suffering from Mondayitis?
According to HR experts, Monday is one of the worst days of the week for both businesses and their employees. Absenteeism spikes and productivity tanks.
It has even been described in such professional publications as The Medical Journal of Australia.
Many might guess that the reason is that people are still in ‘Weekend’ mode and it takes a few hours back at work to refocus on their job.
This is true to a certain extent.
However, as in most things there are always chronic offenders. These are people who clearly do not like their job, or they have no real focus on their life’s purpose. I was in this same situation myself many years ago.
- Do some of your favourite things before work. Nurture yourself. Play some of your favourite music.
- Write down at least 3 things you are grateful for. Indeed, make this a daily habit and you will find that life in general will get better.
- Change up your ‘pre-work’ routine, and change your life routine in general. As they say, ‘variety is the spice of life’. Do something physical like walk the dog or just a walk in general.
- Eat a good breakfast – nothing too carby but something high in protein. This tends to release energy slowly throughout the day so your energy is always optimum.
- Schedule at least one social event mid week – particularly on Wednesdays (‘Hump Day’) – that way you have something in the shorter term to look forward to.
Longer Lasting Options
- Whatever you do, choose to be positive about it. Take the attitude that you are quite capable of finding a solution. Search for the upside of the problem and find things about it to be grateful for.
- Try and understand what drives you in life. What needs do you have? If your job or profession is not serving you, brainstorm some ways you could either change your job or profession, or alternatively, brainstorm ways to make it more interesting and stimulating.
- Focus on what you’re good at. Concentrate on your strengths and then leverage them.
- Look at your workplace: are conditions there (outside of yourself) contributing? A lot of workplaces don’t have the best conditions and you might be better to change jobs, or even change locations with your current employer.
- Choose how you respond to the situation. Most people tend to blame others for their problems and are reactive. However your experience of things is largely a choice, even if you are not aware of making that choice.
- Take Action – this goes without saying. If you just run around moaning all day you will never solve your problem and probably make it worse.
Whatever you choose to do, do something about it now!