How to Trick Yourself Into Not Hating Mondays
Real talk: Is anything as universally unpopular as a Monday after a much-deserved but of course too-brief weekend? There’s something cruel about this first day of the workweek, all chipper and insistent about forcing you to forfeit your relaxed ways and plunge, headfirst, back into to-do lists and emails awaiting reply. We’ve already teased out our best Sunday evening tactics that should help set you off on the right foot, but once that alarm sounds, what to do? Not all hope is lost—Read on.
The weekend is over. It’s all a bit of a tragedy, but here we are. Monday. The first thing you must do is take all efforts to start this week off fresh, in every manner of the word. Wake up a bit early and take a long shower. Do your hair. Freshen your nail polish. Make your bed and tidy your room before you leave for work. When you get to your desk, make a shiny and new to-do list with long-term projects and things you need to get done on a tighter turnaround.
What’s your favourite breakfast food? What about your favourite song to get dressed to? Is there a street you love ambling down as you walk your pup? Take that one. Listen to that song. Eat that food at that café. Much like tricking yourself into being a morning person, tricking yourself into hating Mondays less is all about transforming a traditionally loathed thing into a source of pleasure—even if it’s fleeting. Bottom line: Treat yourself here and there throughout the day and you may find yourself hating Mondays less and less.
Whether you do this the night before, every Monday morning, or on some other routine that you adopt and stick to, it’s helpful to know exactly what’s heading your way come Monday. Even if it just means taking mental stock of everything on your to-do list, the simple act of checking in with what you have to do and where you have to be will cut down on surprises—and on a Monday, nothing threatens to stress you out and/or derail your already fragile state like an unexpected shock. If you know exactly what’s on your plate, you’ll be able to coast through the day like the organised Zen master that you are (ha!).
What’s better than a shiny new purchase? Wearing it at the start of the week, of course! Wearing something new does something to the psyche that snaps us into first-day-of-school mentality—everything just feels a little more special and full of opportunity. Even if it’s something small or only recently purchased, it can be the little lift you need to go into Monday with a pep in your step.
Whether you walk to work, take public transit, or drive, commuting with a friend will make your Monday morning trip to the office, the most dreaded of all morning trips to the office, fun. Yes, really! Catch up on the weekend’s antics, chat about upcoming plans, vent about the workweek if you must—it’s all good.
Packing a lunch is without question the responsible, budget-conscious way to do workweek lunches. We support them every day—except on Mondays. You’ll be amazed by how much an out-of-office lunch can change the tone of a workday. Even if you’re slammed on Mondays with catch-up emails and new projects, at least make a point to walk to grab food, or make an afternoon coffee run with a co-worker or friend who works nearby.
Have something to look forward after the workday, be it a happy hour, a dinner, a screening of your favourite TV show, or an exercise class. Whatever it is, it will make the drag of Monday feel purposeful. Having a light at the end of the tunnel will give whatever Monday blues you’re experiencing a little silver lining.
Real talk: Monday is nothing if not a fresh start, a new canvas to which you can set the tone for better habits and the wheels in motion for exciting new projects. The world is your oyster!
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