Dr. Workbond or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mondays
We’ve all been there before. Sunday is winding down, we just watched the last recorded show we had on our DVR, we feel a sense of impending dread and panic as our sleepy idyllic weekend has turned into the sad realization that we have to trudge into work early tomorrow. This is a common scene nowadays and one that we have all shared at one point or another.
Does this stem from the fact that most workers are overworked and underpaid these days? Does it stem from the fact that we might be in a rut and don’t know how to get out of it? Do we connect well with our co-workers? Am I personally invested in what my company is doing? These are all good questions and may be the reason you are feeling burned out and sapped of energy going into Monday.
Here are some of my favorite tips on how to deal with Monday fatigue:
Get a good night's rest on Sunday. This is number 1, because good rest works wonders for your brain and body. This means going to bed early and getting at the bare-minimum 8 hours of sleep. It will give you a chance to recalibrate and feel refreshed and get your head in the right space to be able to attack the day.
Do an outdoor activity with friends/family/co-workers on Sunday. Fresh air and sunlight works wonders for your body. It will allow you to release some energy and let you fall asleep better as your body will naturally be tired after taking in all that sunshine. It will allow your mind to rest a little easier at night, too.
Get into work early on Monday. My favorite thing to do is get into the office earlier than my colleagues, it gives me a chance to get my head around all the things I have to do that day and allows me some time to get things done without distraction. The earlier I get in, the more “me time” I have which really re-energizes me. BONUS: The earlier you get in, the earlier you can leave ;)
Find ways to improve your own role at work. Make yourself indispensable. Most people go through the motions at work and do the minimum required of them in their job description and expect a raise because of “tenure”. If you find little ways to improve your own performance at your work and become more pro-active, you will see the results. Document all of the projects and improvements you have made and then ask for a raise. If you have the bandwidth, ask for more responsibility in areas where you excel. This will lead to more fulfillment.
If you don’t feel aligned with your job, leave. Don’t leave a job if you don’t have one lined up obviously, but if your current situation makes your Mondays sad, it might be time to start looking for a job that you align better with. Ask yourself, does my job bring me joy?
Positive self talk. Most people are already familiar with this one but in the reverse. That voice inside your head that’s always telling you that you are not able to do something? Give it the day off. Instead of having that voice say you can’t do something flip it around to “I Can do something.” Professional athletes use this technique all the time to visualize and prepare for their task. Do what the pros do and kick some butt today!