Are you feeling the Monday blahs?
One recent Monday morning, I stopped by the store to pick up an ink cartridge. I greeted the young male cashier with, “Good morning. How are you today?”
“You know, it’s Monday. Wish it was Friday,” he ho-hummed and slid the box across the scanner.
My first thought was that this young man could benefit from a little customer service training. My second thought was that he could use a shift in perspective about the first day of the workweek.
Clearly, he was new to the workforce. Could even be his first job. So, I cut him some slack, wished him a good day, and headed to work.
I found it interesting the inexperienced cashier had already developed the belief Monday’s are to be loathed. But this attitude toward the first day of the workweek is common among all ages.
For far too many years, I admit that I too approached Monday with disdain. After the weekend was over, I drug myself into work at the start of a new week. Somehow though by Friday, I found I overflowed with energy. Strange, huh?
This cycle continued for years before I understood the real meaning of work: our labor is really about how we contribute to the world and serve others.
Consider a Reframe
For anyone with a case of the Monday blahs, here are a few questions to consider as we start off the week:
- What if I considered today as the start of a beautiful week to make a difference?
- How can I serve others today?
- What problem can I solve this week?
- What could I do today to make the rest of the week amazing?
- How can I invest the time I have today in my mission, my purpose, and my desire to help others?
- What would happen if I reframed Monday from the most disliked day of the week to the most welcomed?
When we realize Monday is just as good of a day as Friday, we won’t waste it by holding out until the weekend. We’ll take advantage of the day we’re given and the Monday blahs be a thing of the past.
How have you beat the Monday blahs?