If your morning is dragging and you have a burning desire to rewind to the weekend, you have the Monday Blues. For those in school, it’s the 8 am class. For some who are less passionate about the 9 to 5, it’s the boss or lack of connection with your company.
The cure: Personally, I would suggest setting the song Raggae Blues by Harrysong as your alarm ringtone, but if that’s sounds too cheesy, the following are the three steps to eliminate your Monday Blues:
If you don’t hate your job…
- FIND and WORSHIP YOUR WHY.
The power of purpose fuels perseverance. What is your why? Is it your family, your kids, your parents, or your side hustle? What are you fighting for? Even if not obvious, there is always a why behind your grind for the paycheck. If your excuse is that money is needed for rent, then I would argue that safety is why. Frame your purpose and place it next to your bed so you see it as you wake.
- CREATE a ROUTINE.
A positive morning and night routine set a strong day foundation. Are you a last minute person? Avoid the feeling of getting overwhelmed by creating a routine that works for you. On Sunday night, get your work bag ready. Prioritize your tasks for the week. Get the lunch prepped. Are you already a well-organized individual who just drains the idea of going back to work? Plan to do something in the morning that excites you. Go for a run to get yourself in the momentum. Plan to look forward to something that will increase your energy. Personally, my recent routine is to wake up at 4AM to work on my personal projects such as writing business plans, studying to enhance my finance skills, or working on my blog content. It makes the Monday blues less blue, especially if the 9 to 5 supports your side hustle.
If you hate your job…
“Life is simply too short to be spending 40 hours a week in fear, hostility, and unhappiness”
- Some companies aren’t for you. If the first two strategies won’t work, it may be time to move on. Let’s put the statistics about the amount of times that we switch jobs in a career time aside as the excuse. I know the feeling of drain. The nerve strikes that hits when one thinks about hours or week ahead in an environment in which one feels hostile. First, you think it’s temporary, then you see yourself spending more time on “work” and less time on the things that matter most in life. You become exhausted, or worst scenarios you begin to doubt or question your self-worth. Being in the right work culture and environment is imperative. and matters, therefore, when your work culture fails to fit, you slowly become unhappy which hinders professional growth because mood affects your work ethic. If you’re unhappy, leave.
- Plan your exit. Map your finance future and discuss your changing financial situation with your dependents, if you have any. If you can stick it out for a few more weeks, start applying to other jobs and begin the countdown. The feeling of counting down the days to freedom, happiness, and new beginning will sure reduce the Monday Blues, to dancing to some Raggae Blues.
I sure did have my happy dance feet on the day I gained that freedom!
Know your why, and incorporate positive routines to your Monday mornings. If your job depresses you of your why, quitting will be your win. Passion and happiness in the workplace drives work ethic, which then drives professional and personal growth.
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