Monday! In our culture, it means back to work and the daily grind for millions. The fleeting weekend has passed again. We touched that feeling that we are in control of our lives and now we cede it again to others.
For many it’s stressful. In fact, Monday morning is the period of the week where the most heart attacks happen and it’s not even close. It’s a psychological barrier with real physical consequences.
We may not completely own the work week, but we always own our mindsets. Make the most of Monday.
For many Monday is a psychological downer. We were just getting settled into the weekend and now it’s over. For others, it means stopping the things we really want to be doing and going back to the things we must do. Despite all of that, we can still make the most of Monday and get a step ahead of all those just trying to hang on through their Monday.
Here are a few affirmations to get your Monday and your month off to a great start.
Today I launch a wonderful week with a marvelous Monday!
Monday rocks! It is one seventh of my life and I make the most of it!
Monday is MY day! It’s my opportunity to begin anew!
Monday is MY day! I’ll have this week off and running in no time!
After a rejuvenating and enjoyable weekend, I am ready to get back on the road to my dreams!
My thoughts this morning are forming the Monday I experience. I am creating an awesome Monday!
I am mentally and physically prepared to get my week off to a fantastic start this Monday!
Monday sets the tone for my whole week and I make it count!
Monday is always MY day! It’s my springboard to an awesome week!
My Mondays are always the fast start that sets up my strong finish on Friday!
The Mamas and The Papas had a major hit song in the 60s by this title. One of the lyrics reads, “Monday Monday, can’t trust that day.”
Many people in the world feel Monday physically, mentally, and spiritually. Hung over from the relative freedom of the weekend, Monday represents a return the grind of the modern work week. That alone makes it depressing for many. This is compounded by the fact many people are doing something they just stomach for the paycheck.
Here’s the thing. If you can get past all that drama, you can put yourself ahead of the pack. People’s distaste for Monday causes them to write it off or cruise through it. This means many salespeople, writers, business people, and others start their week behind the curve. By pushing on Monday, can give you a bigger advantage over the competition than in any other day because the competition, unless they love what they do, is falling behind all day Monday.
Monday, as we’ve discussed before, is one-seventh of out lives. If you can make it yours, it can become your secret weapon rather than a scourge.
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” The great business guru Peter Drucker penned those words and he’s pegged many of us well.
If you really went through your day with a fine-tooth comb, how much of what you do is not really contributing to reaching your big goals – work goals, relationship goals, life goals?
Henry David Thoreau supported this idea that being busy and getting real things done are not one and the same. “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?”
Organizing your emails, your sock drawer, or conducting meetings where everyone leaves with no more of a clue what their action items are is not productive. The email organization may be beautiful when completed. Your sock drawer may save you 15 seconds every morning. You may do killer facilitation of that meaningless meeting. What they all share in common is they haven’t really moved the ball forward for you.
Power hack:Audit your day today. Find those time-wasters and that busy work and remove it from your day, the rest of your week, and your whole calendar. You can achieve greatness with disastrous email filing system, a messy sock drawer, or one less mind-numbing meeting. You can’t be great by not using that time to do things that really move you forward.
Warning! Some of those time-sucks are like comfort food. You feel better with an organized email. You feel like you’re getting stuff done because you’re having meetings.
Measure your outcomes not your activities. Did you achieve milestones that move your closer toward your goals or not? That’s the only measure at the end of the day.
Keep smiling. Keep shining. You are one in a trillion! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this post.