Stop for a second and ponder on why you hate Monday. Is it because you’re back in the reality of the elongated work day? I’m not sure what the reason could be, but I’m going to try my best to convince you on why Monday should be your favorite day of the week. I can provide many reasons on why Monday is such a great day, but I’m going to try to keep this post as short as possible. So with that, I will give you one reason why Monday has become one of my favorite days of the week. Hopefully, at the end of this post, you’ll be convinced.
Monday is the most dreaded day of the week. People come to work lackadaisically wanting to do their work, while simultaneously having a bad attitude. There’s a term called the “Monday Blues” that defines people’s depression on Monday morning. It’s a serious epidemic that has swept this country. According to a massive Gallup poll, feelings of depression begin on Sunday night and lead into Monday morning. Why is this? Here’s my opinion: People live the majority of their work days anticipating the weekend, which is their escape from the week day. Most people would agree that we should have a longer weekend, and I wholeheartedly agree. But we shouldn’t live our work week anticipating a later day in the future. In a past blog post I wrote titled, “2 Keys To Finding More Joy On Your Job”, I really wanted to elaborate more on the fact that we should continue to show gratitude in the day that we are in. But as we see, the majority of people are not, and their displeasure of the work day and anticipation of the week end continues to simultaneously grow. Now their displeasure and anticipation are both on a continuum going opposite directions. This is not to say we shouldn’t enjoy our weekends, but our work days are going to inhabit about 70 percent of our week. So it’s important that we don’t spend that 70 percent uninterested and disengaged because of a reality we are no longer in.
How we should take advantage of this?
Since Monday is a day most have decided to intentionally clock out from, it should be used as a day to get ahead for the ones aspiring to be leaders. Leaders are outliers for a reason, they’re willing to do the work most are not willing to do. They will always find treasure in what most see as trash. They find any opportunity they can to improve. In my opinion, a leader’s gratitude will always lead into gladness. Now, the word “leadership” is defined in Webster as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. Nowhere in that definition does it says you have to be an executive to be a leader. The definition does indicate that something does has to be sacrificial. Maybe one thing we should sacrifice is our negative attitude. While others are pouting, the leaders are thankful for the day and working. We can lead where we’re at right now, and Monday gives us the opportunity to do that. In my eyes, Monday is symbolic for a new beginning to the work week. Sunday is our Sabbath (day of rest), but when Monday comes, it’s back to work! It is the day you separate yourself from the pack. Trust me, you will not walk out of work regretting that you were thankful for the day. You will subconsciously began to like this day, and that sets you up for success.
Take advantage of this day. It’s not as bad as people make it out to be. I once saw a quote that said, “It’s not Mondays that suck, it’s our attitudes.” Let’s change our attitudes and conquer this day!
Feel free to comment, and let me know what you think about my stance on Monday’s.