Sunday night can be down time knowing that it is only a few hours until you need to go back to work for another five days. I used to get this “black cloud” on Sunday afternoons realizing that in less than 24 hours I would be back to “the grind” at work and there was so much more that I wanted to do before that. I finally realized that with my negative talk I was defeating all the positive time I had left on Sunday.
I was always saying on Sunday afternoon “only if I had another day, I could accomplish so much.” Sound familiar? Then it was like the proverbial 2×4 that hit me in the back of the head, and I realized that I was the one making Monday a dread and I could change that just by changing my attitude toward going back to work on Monday.
I began by taking three simple but powerful steps that have changed my outlook completely and my Mondays are great, and so are my Tuesdays, Wednesdays, etc.
- I get prepared mentally on Sunday. “Yes, I am going to work on Monday, and I am very fortunate to have a job to go to and great people to work with.” Positive self-talk, make it a practice, do not let yourself be negative about Monday. Those of us who have jobs should be very thankful, as I am sure you all know many who wish that they had a job to go to on Monday. In preparing get everything that you need to get ready in advance, clothes, lunch, any work items that need to go with you, etc. The better you are prepared for Monday the easier the morning will be. I even get my coffee pot at home ready so I can have a good cup of coffee before I get to the office.
- What do I need to do tomorrow? I do a lot of mental preparation for Mondays as well as each day after. The more I mentally prepare myself, i.e., mental lists, attitude checks, thinking through what the day may bring, the better I can do. I also always make sure I tell myself that “things may not always go as I want them to, and I need to be flexible to go with the flow. Do not get so set in how you think the day should go, if you do, you will be very stressed and frustrated if it does not go “your way.”
- What positive impact can I have? In my work environment, to our customers, co-workers and employers. Taking time to think about what I can do to make tomorrow a better day for everyone I come in contact with makes a huge difference in, not only my day, but those that I encounter.
Recognizing that I can and do make a difference has been very powerful in my actual performance at work. We can either be the drippy faucet, or the bright sunshine at work, it is about what we choose.
What do you choose? Remember it is your choice.
Happy Monday to you!