January 03, 2022
Mondays are 14.3% of your life. So can be 'Monday blues'.
But if you are in a job which you don’t like, or if you have an imbalanced life, chances are there that your Mondays are ruined. Direct effect of 'Monday blues'.
‘Monday blues’ is a term that denotes the feeling of fear you sense in the morning of Mondays, before resuming to workplaces after a weekend. Not only fear or uneasiness, but Monday blues also brings down the positive energy in the employees, which in turn dips down the productivity.
As Mondays are the starting day of the workweek, there is more to it. Good, productive Mondays set the tone of the whole week, and overall productivity of the office gets diminished as an indirect effect of Monday blues.
Solving a problem is knowing the problem well. Information about the root cause helps in finding the appropriate solution. Monday blues are also problems that we can avoid and boost productivity in the office if the right knowledge is obtained and action is implemented at the right place.
What is the reason?
Let’s consider that you love hiking and there is a basecamp trekking program set on one of the Mondays. Or you are a movie buff and you have planned to visit the cinema with a friend or family. Would you feel the same way you would feel about resuming office on Monday? Would you feel the dreaded sense of Monday blues? I know your answer, it’s going to be a BIG ‘NO’.
You got my point. We dread to go resume the office simply when we don’t find it much interesting. That is a good test of ‘how much do you love your job’. The level of Monday blues you get every week gives you a clear answer that how much you love your job.
There could be other reasons, too. Too much pressure at work and extended hours throughout the week, less sleep, boring and repetitive assignments continuously are some of them. Anyway, when we have identified the reason, let us investigate how we can solve this issue once for always.
1. Have a proper weekly work plan.
Yes, I heard you. Things are always unprecedented in your life. Assignments appear from nowhere. You go on firefighting and just manage to save the situation somehow.
Well, even if it is like that, what you can do is to properly plan for the week. Not to complicate and keep things ultra-simple.
Divide the work into 3-4 segments and prioritize them.
For example, if your job is operations in a manufacturing company, these segments could be production planning, reviewing production performance, maintenance of the equipment, review of costing, preparing MIS reports, etc. Or if you are working in sales, maybe analyzing sales data of your team, meeting prospective clients, maintaining relationships with existing clients, imparting training to your team members are a few of them. Whatever be it, just do it. You’re the best judge.
Allocate time for works according to the priorities.
It is not possible to allocate time for all the activities every day, so plan accordingly and assign time as per the priority. Pay a small amount of time every Friday for the next week’s plan and make it a habit.
Have your plan in a visible place.
Just because you don’t forget! Keep it near you so that it is easily accessible to you when required. If you don’t have an issue with others seeing it paste it at your cubicle or workstation.
2. Keep your Monday morning less crowded.
Get things done Friday before
It is the first day of the week and certainly going to affect the whole of the week – either positively or negatively. To have a good start keep the day, at least the first half of the day less crowded. As you have made a work plan, you know what are the things that are going to pop up on Monday morning, see how much of those you can complete by Friday. Do it yourself and encourage your team to do the same.
Set bullet point works for the Mondays
As you are planning your workload to be less, further plan crisp and brief things to accomplish, and mark them complete once completed. Don’t roam around through work clueless.
Don’t keep meetings to the extent possible
Meetings should be avoided on Monday. Your boss may be angry with me but do this to save your mind from being burnout if you have a serious Monday blues issue. Rather, try to review the situation at work and observe how things are going on. In case the meetings are truly unavoidable, do a crisp one with a brief objective.
3. Kickstart your Monday mornings.
Get up early so that you don’t have to rush to catch the office. Make it a daily habit and not only for Mondays. Start your day with early morning exercises, followed by meditation and journaling. Visualize your week, month, and year ahead. Take a refreshing bath, eat a good, simple breakfast that energizes you for a productive day. Spend some time with your family.
4. Plan some fun for the evening.
If the morning activities don’t motivate you enough, plan something for the evening which you like. It can be spending time with the movie you wanted to watch for a long, or reading a good book of your choice. Or a small outing with friends, maybe a dish you would love to cook for your family. Anything simple, which excites you the most. Make it a mini weekend. This will send a message to your subconscious mind that weekdays are also fun, not only Saturdays and Sundays.
5. Keep your work and life well-balanced.
This is something deeper. Sit back relaxed in a quiet morning and think how things are moving in your life. Set your priorities in life. Set your goals. Track your improvement. Do this exercise regularly to have a clear idea of where you’re going. Plan quality and quantity of time for your family and friends. Be purposeful. Get attached to any outdoor activity if you’re not already. And, if you’re already attached, keep it up to the next level. Watch your choice of movies, listen daily to the music you love. Read a lot. Relax, meditate, and journal in the morning. Learn things you always wanted to learn and put effort to implement them.
What connection do the above things have with Monday blues at all?
The point is, the above things will take the stress away from your life and will add variety to it. Work will become fun for you. The much you do it the dreaded Mondays will disappear from your life, and you will eventually start to enjoy the Mondays of your life.
After all, 14.3% of the days in your life are Mondays and there is no point in losing one!