If you run a quick google search using the keywords ‘hate’ and ‘Monday’, you will find about 186,000,000 references to images, articles, blogs, studies, and media reports on how we hate Mondays. Some studies show we don’t just hate Mondays, we hate every day equally; Monday gets the brunt of our emotion because it is the first day back to work after a weekend on our own.
I have learned some habits that help me hate Mondays less. Maybe these 5 habits will help you, too:
1) Organize next week’s work before you leave on Friday
Take the last hour or two of your work day on Friday and prepare for next week’s work. Prioritize next week’s calendar; work on the important issues first. Focus on an organizational strategy that lets you end the work week energized and prepared for the inevitable next Monday.
2) If at all possible, don’t take work home over the weekend.
I used to be the kind of employee who, in an effort to impress my employer, was willing to take work home, to go above and beyond expectations. Over time, all that extra time I spent working at home resulted in a nothing more than a greater expectation of a unrealistic workload. Work hard and smart while at work; keep your weekends for yourself.
3) Take Quarterly planning days
Every three months or so, take a half day on Friday to look ahead at the next three months. Usually, three months is a deep enough look to manage potential issues, schedules and vision, yet small enough that it won’t overwhelm you. This should become a regular habit.
4) Calendar your personal time
On your private business calendar, schedule your personal time away just as you schedule a meeting. If your calendar is open to your team, help them understand the importance of this time and request that they not schedule on top of it. Schedule not only vacations, but special family events, weekends, birthdays, and other special family or personal events.
5) Preview your week on Sunday evening
Take 20 or 30 minutes Sunday evening to look at your calendar and prioritize your Monday. Don’t be intimidated by the workload or the issues, just jump in on them. Know when you go to sleep Sunday night that your Monday is already in the bag.
There are exceptions to every rule, and there will be individual exceptions for this 5-part plan. Adapt these strategies to your individual situation, and your productivity will increase, as well as your love for Monday mornings.