The Monday Blues are so ubiquitous that they have become pretty much a cultural phenomenon, and in some ways they can be much more than just an overlooked signs of tiredness and depress, they are often a warning sign that something is not going well at work. If we were in a happy state, we would be excited and energized on Mondays, not tired and depressed.
Our case of the Mondays can have a negative impact on our performance and productivity, as well as the people around us. When we’re unhappy at the office, it makes it very difficult for those around us to be happy, and oftentimes just one worker with a case of the Mondays can spread the doldrums to the whole team.
Our emotional state plays a huge effect on the quality of our work and when we’re feeling blue we are less productive, less motivated, more pessimistic, less creative, less engaged and tend to learn more slowly. Our stress or bad mood can drastically change the overall work environment. 🙁
But, no worries, when there’s a will, there’s a way. I have a few very simple ways to beat the traffic blues of Monday. I have tried it and most of the time it worked to my advantage, it helped my shift my focus from the negative and place direct positive thoughts and energy into my day of work at the office. And I hope it will help you too. 🙂
Here are 7 quick ways to overlook and take on the dreaded Monday Blues
- Sleep is everything that money cannot buy. Get plenty of sleep and wake up early. Go to bed a little early on Sunday night and be sure to get enough sleep so that you wake up feeling well-rested
- Dress for success. “Dress up, perk up and show up ready to be positive and help others be positive. Be the light and energy that makes others have a better day. Show and share your spirit, charisma and vibe and make yourself magnetic.
- Be positive. Start the week out with an “attitude of gratitude. Take time to recognize and appreciate the things that you enjoy about work.”
- This starts before you even get to work. To pump yourself up on your way in to work, try listening to your favorite songs. Think about the type of playlist you would create for a workout, and incorporate that same upbeat, high-energy music into your morning preparation or commute.
- When you get to the office, do your best not to be a complainer, and keep your Monday morning grumpiness to yourself. In the same manner, avoid listening to other people’s Monday gripes. Creating or contributing to a culture of complaining is no way to improve your attitude.
- Make someone else happy at the office. Make a vow to do something nice for someone else as soon as you get to work on Monday. Doing nice things for other people definitely can uplift the spirits, and in this case, it could actually help shift the overall mood in your office. Paying it forward can yield great results all around.
- Keep your Monday schedule light. Knowing that Mondays are traditionally busy days at the office, a good strategy is keep your Monday schedule as clear as possible. When you’re planning meetings ahead, try to schedule them for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This will help you to come into Monday with more ease from the weekend.
Oh, and don’t forget to stop by a café stop to grab your favorite cup of café . . . It’s pretty much your friend for the start of the day! 🙂
Happy Monday! 🙂