What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Monday?”
If you got flashbacks of snoozing your alarm clock, trying to get out of bed for the 5th time, scurrying to find your keys as you head out the door, wishing it were Friday already, you’re not alone.
Having experienced many Mondays, and even Thursdays that have a “Monday feel,” we know that sometimes it’s hard to get excited when you hear the word.
Digging deeper, we found out that “the Monday blues” are a real thing – there are actually statistics on why many people think Mondays suck.
According to a 2019 nationwide survey conducted by the Data Decisions Group for The Monday Campaigns:
- 15% of people report that Monday is “a day to dread”
- 28% view Monday as an opportunity for a “fresh start”
- 10 % view it as a day to “get my act together”
- 65% of responders to the survey agreed that feeling positive on Monday motivates them to engage in healthy activities.
Furthermore, according to Cleverpedia:
- Your risk of a heart attack increases on Monday
- Most people don’t smile until 11:16 am on Monday
To add to those, Factsite says:
- People are up to 30% less productive on a Monday; they often only manage 3.5 hours of work throughout the day.
- On a Monday, almost 50% of employees are late to work.
- Professionals over 40 are the biggest demographic to suffer more stress on a Monday.
Alright, that’s enough of the negative stuff. If you get the Monday blues, there are many ways you can make Mondays more positive.
How can we make Mondays more positive?
Look at Monday as a “fresh start” and do positive and healthy things
Use Mondays as an opportunity to establish the mood for the week. Oftentimes, we do things last minute, which adds to the chaos. Get ready for Monday on Sunday night, so that things are less chaotic on Monday morning. Start the morning by drinking a big glass of water, or lemon-water. Make or pack a healthy lunch. Schedule some exercise, like a workout, walk or dance class sometime on Monday. Prepare a big portion of a healthy dinner, so that you have some for several days of the week. If you’re heading to the office on Monday, know where the things you need are, such as your keys and shoes, because there is nothing worse than scurrying to find them minutes before you head out the door. If you’re working from home, a good Sunday night activity would be to prepare a music playlist that will help you get through Monday.
Start the week looking forward to something
Mondays are so horrible because we play a role in crafting our Mondays. If you start Mondays off thinking that the day will be awful, then it probably will be awful. Try to think of something positive about the week that you can look forward to. Will you be working on something exciting? Finally reaching that target? Or maybe you’re simply excited for that dance class you’ll be taking on Wednesday, or meeting up with your friends on Thursday. Instead of dreading Mondays, focus on something that you’re looking forward to that week, or better yet, plan something that you would look forward to.
Smile and practice gratitude
As we mentioned above, it takes most people a while to smile on Mondays. Try smiling on Monday morning and list three things that you are grateful for.
Set your priorities for the week
Take a deep breath, and imagine Friday. What can you start accomplishing today that will make you happy by Friday? Think of two or three goals you would like to reach by the end of the week, and imagine how accomplished you’ll feel. Is your goal to finish a project? To organize your desk? To cook something with all your leftovers? Thinking about how you’ll feel by Friday helps make Monday go by faster.
Bring back the “Monday morning gossip,” or coffee machine smalltalk
Research shows that “Socializing is part of the reason why Mondays suck so much. Researchers have found that being away from a work-related social group for a weekend makes us feel like we need to secure our place in our social work environment. The same researchers also say that because of this, Monday morning gossiping at work is an important aspect of helping us get through the day.”
Gathering around the office coffee machine, engaging in small talk with your colleagues, throwing around little inside jokes or stories about your weekend takes your mind off work for a bit. If you’re working remotely, find a way to recreate those coffee machine moments and connect with your colleagues for a few minutes before work or during lunch – have a group virtual coffee break, or call a colleague a quick non work-related chat. This brief time together not only helps reduce stress levels but also boosts morale and connection in the office, which beats the Monday blues and boosts productivity.⠀
Make time for something fun
One surefire way to make Mondays more positive is to schedule time to take a break, even if it’s for a few minutes, and do something fun. It can be anything – take a walk on a street you’ve never walked on before, window shopping for a few minutes, or reading a book you’ve been meaning to read.
Let’s Beat the Monday Blues Together!
We’re constantly exploring how to beat the Monday blues, and we’d love to hear how you find Mondays. Do you struggle to beat the Monday blues, or have you found any ways to make Mondays more positive?
Leave us a comment and let us know!
We’ll also be hanging out on Clubhouse on Monday, August 16, at 8:30 am EST for a conversation about Mondays and hacks to beating the Monday blues. We’d love for you to join us! Keep an eye on this website and on our social media or sign up for our newsletter to find out about future Clubhouse conversations.
Jazz Up Your Mondays with My Creative Break
We’ve also got a new free workshop called Jazz Up Your Mondays! and we’d love to see some of you there. We developed this workshop to help you beat the Monday blues and make Mondays more positive. The concept is simple: We meet for 25 minutes before work on a Monday, and we’ll help you get energized and ready to tackle your tasks. We’ll do some activities that will get your creativity and energy flowing, and help you mentally prepare for the week. We hope you join us for one!