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Monday, January 23, 2017

6 Ways to Get More From Your Mondays!

For many people, Mondays are as dreaded as a root canal at the dentist. It represents the beginning of a chaotic work week, countless demands, and more of what they don't want. Sound familiar?
The lyrics to a popular song of former decades even supports this. "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down."
But, it doesn't have to be this way. And for optimal mental health and a progressive writing career, it shouldn't. 

Here are a few reasons you need to retrain your brain regarding Mondays...

  • Mondays often set the tone for the rest of the week. A positive perspective can contribute to a more productive and peaceful start and needed momentum to build upon.
  • There's no getting around them, folks. They come every week, like clockwork.
  • Many national holidays are often honored on Mondays. Accordingly, they give us much needed time off from work; so they're not all bad. Right? 
For your edification, here is the science behind Monday dread, courtesy of Mental Floss:

Now that we've looked at why it behooves us to approach Mondays with a good attitude and positivity, here are a few practices and principles to observe and apply.  
1. Get more organized.
A contributing factor to the stress of "Manic Mondays" is feeling overwhelmed and unprepared.
Why not flip the script? Instead of reacting to the things that come your way, take better control.
Begin with a "to-do" list and a strategic plan for how you will spend your day. Go even further-- have a "plan B" as well.
2. Schedule something you enjoy, so you have something to look forward to. 
This might include working on a passion project, or indulging in a weekly spa day, or having a brainstorming lunch with a writer friend.
3. Write and publish a blog post.
Many times the interaction and positive feedback from readers' comments on a fresh post can make a bad day better. Trust me on this one.
4. Go ahead and tackle the tough stuff first.
Do what you need to do, so there's more time to do the things you WANT to do.
5. Visit your favorite blogs and websites.
Doing so will inspire you and remind you of how great it is to be a part of such a talented and groovy community.
6. Instead of counting your worries, count your blessings.
Last year we lost so many talented athletes, entertainers and singers. People like Prince, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher...which serves as a constant reminder that each day should be treasured and embraced. We can't afford to take anything for granted. 
These are just a few suggestions to help you meet your Mondays with greater enthusiasm, hope and acceptance. A little chocolate doesn't hurt either. :-)
Here's wishing you a terrific Monday, readers...and many more! 
Comments? Anything you'd like to suggest here?
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  1. One thing I like to do is just say, "Yes!" If you start the week with a positive attitude you're so much happier and week is much smoother. I like the idea of scheduling something fun for Monday.

  2. Hi Clee,
    Love your approach and the fact that you shared it here today.
    Thanks much.

  3. Good tips, Jen. I especially like the idea to schedule something fun. I also often use Friday to tie up loose ends so there isn't too much overflow into the next week.

  4. Number 6 is my favorite. I also like to reward myself with an M&M break or another temporary diversion. Not too long though, as i can get scattered. Happy writing.

  5. Jennifer: All these are good points. I believe I need to implement these ideas into my outlook. Thank you.

  6. Number 3 is why I do my blog posts on Mondays. It sets the tone for the week and even though I may not get a ton of writing done that week, at least I can say, "Well, I did do a blog post." LOL Thanks, Jen! PS: I visit my favorite blogs on Thursdays. :0)

  7. Good strategy, Karen. Thanks for sharing.