Do you start your working week with a spring in your step or are you one of the many people suffering the symptoms of Mondayitis?
As your weekend draws to a close, does the thought of heading back to work in the morning fill you with dread, or with excitement?
Many people I’ve been in contact with lately say they often start their week feeling tired, unmotivated and anxious. Sleep patterns can often get disrupted over a weekend so it’s not unusual to want another sleep-in when the alarm goes off.
According to a report a couple of years ago in the BBC News, consultant firm Mercer found more than a third of all sick leave was taken on a Monday. That report looked at records for 11,000 employees from a range of private sector organisations and found the most common reasons people gave were musculo-skeletal problems, followed by viral infections and stress-related illness.
However some people look forward to Mondays. People who love their job are often excited to start the working week anew, as are many people who run their own businesses. Part time workers also reported positive comments and some people felt like they were actually having a ‘break’ when they went to the office.
Marketing Consultant Annette Hughes shared with me a great formula she has devised for getting a team through the week. While this may not be suitable for everyone, the concept can be adapted easily.
- Monday – Meet Up
Ensures the week gets off to a productive/measured start and everyone is on the same page and understanding what part they play.
- Tuesday – Team Time
Focus on getting work done at the office.
- Wednesday – Work From Home
Avoid noise and interruptions to get things done.
- Thursday – Tally Up
Take stock of where things are at, reprioritise and address anything that will stop you achieving the week’s goals.
- Friday – Finish Off
Tidy up loose ends, clarify that everything’s in order to complete the week’s work or progress projects next week.
Many people say that getting organised on a Friday afternoon or Sunday night (if you are okay with working on a weekend) will give you a plan to help you kicking the week off well.
I also like to start the week with a mid-morning meeting and give myself a mini-deadline before it to deal with weekend emails or urgent tasks.
If I’m really lacking motivation, cranking up some high energy music can also provide the boost I need to get going.
In general if a day starts badly, I try to tackle something different and find a way to move on. As one woman put it, “Life’s too short to be moaning about Mondays”.
Which category do you fall into? Do you spring out of bed on a Monday, ready to greet the week? Or are you the one pushing the snooze button, for ‘just 5 more minutes’? Do you have any tips for improving your motivation on Monday morning?