Sunday night blues. Case of the Mondays … Work depression …
There are many names that describe the anxiety people feel when returning to work after a weekend off. While the reasons vary, it is clear that the stress of the upcoming work week affects many nine to fivers regardless of their role or industry. One study in the UK found that 1 in 4 people suffered some sort of 'dread and apprehension' about starting the work week.
The truth of the matter is that if you can change mindset and approach to Mondays, you can actually begin to enjoy them. Sounds crazy, I know, but here are a few ideas to improve your Mondays:
- Keep within your normal sleep patterns on the weekend. Not being able to sleep on a Sunday night is certain to leave you groggy and unproductive on a Monday morning
- Exercise / Eat Healthy. Weekends are often when people plan their 'rest days' from the gym and 'cheat days' from their diets. Make it a point to get back into your routine on Mondays and re-establish your healthy ways.
- Socialize. Go out to lunch or see a movie with a friend. If you have a social event in the calendar it will give you something to look forward to and make the work day go by faster.
- Don't schedule meetings for the morning. Save Monday mornings for catching up on e-mails and focusing on your individual work. Nothing will stress you out faster than rushing to prepare for a meeting first thing after two days off.
- Planning / Goal Setting. Use Monday's to map out and set up the rest of your week. Take a step back and map out a handful of important goals you want to accomplish and give yourself a road map of how to go about doing so.
At Weekdone, we can help with the last point. Each Monday you can come in and see what was leftover from the previous week and incorporate with the new plans that you'll draft for the for upcoming week. From a manager's perspective, they will be able to prioritize their employee's goals, provide feedback, and see what areas require more attention. Ensuring that everyone is on the same page can go a long way in setting up a successful work week.
With a little attitude change and some preparation, Monday can go from the worst day of the week to your most productive!