Ah, Monday. In the working world, it gets such a bad rap for being the start of the working week, that I thought I’d share some ways to make it better.
1. If you’re able to work flexi-time, go in later or finish earlier on Mondays. I changed my hours so I have Monday afternoons off and work longer days Tuesday to Friday and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Blogging from the garden on a Monday afternoon in June.
2. Arrange regular Monday treats with colleagues or other self-employed people. A few of us at my day job meet regularly on Mondays for anything from full blown afternoon tea to a quick cuppa between meetings, and knowing I’m going to see these lovely sparkly ladies makes my whole week better!
3. Make Monday evening a night for dates or catch ups – so you can either spend quality time with your significant other, or catch up with friends (in person is brilliant, over Skype is perfectly acceptable – Contrariety Rose’s Louise and I often have wine nights over Skype!). The day goes faster if you’re looking forward to something in the evening, and you can plan your outfit in those really boring meetings.
4. Trying to escape the day job? Make Monday your Great Escape Plan day – commit to spending an amount of time each Monday working on the broader plan or picture. If you’ve not started something on the side yet, use the time for planning, self-development or training, and taking concrete baby steps towards your vision. If you have already started, promise yourself you’ll use that time solely for planning your next moves, not for doing client work or admin.
Four quick ways to turn Monday from blah to woohoo!
What’s your favourite? Do you have any other tips for making the start of the week better?
I still hate mondays, but that is the reason I chose Monday not to be one of my 5-2 diet fast days, it’s bad enough as it is! Monday night is Revenge night (the programme not actual revenge) though if we’re not watching an episode or two of Breaking Bad, and I often get a takeaway, so it could be worse. Also the chairman of the company is never in on a Monday which means I can get stuff done instead of building his wife a handbag website or making him a document for snooker results or something equally non-real-work-related but seemingly urgent to him.
Monday night in my house is Leftovers Night. I try to make sure I get plenty of food in on Sunday, so that on a Monday night I know that I have a fridge full of delicious cold food waiting for me at home – WITHOUT having to cook when I get in. Any treat I want to eat during the week, I’ll try to save it up for my Monday night.
This is genius, Jo… yummy food + no cooking = MASSIVE WIN 🙂