What day do you find it hardest to get up and out of bed in the morning? Most people would say it’s the first day of their working week, after the weekend.
In fact, according to Tokyo Women’s Medical University, most heart attacks happen on the first morning of the working week, between 4am and 10am. Why? Because many people see only the pain of restarting something they wish they didn’t have to do, and hence cause themselves a lot more stress than usual.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. How can you motivate yourself on a Monday morning every week? What can you do to plan effectively if you have trouble with this well-known phenomenon?
• Tidy up your work area at the end of the working week. If you arrive at work after the weekend to find last week’s work still there, it can cause more stress.
• Finish as many jobs as possible before you leave for the weekend. Then these tasks aren’t unconsciously hanging over you over the weekend.
• Set a new goal for the working week. This will help you start the new week running instead of moping.
• Try some exercise on Monday morning. It will get the blood and oxygen coursing and help you think more efficiently.
• See if you can get up 30-60 minutes earlier than normal, and spend those extra minutes boosting yourself before starting out for the week.
• Avoid massive tasks on Monday mornings. See if you can spread them out through the week
• Listen to upbeat music on your way in to work. It can do wonders for your mood.
• Listen to motivational CDs or MP3s. These will help brighten the commute as well.
• Vary your activities so they are spread over the week. Schedule something enjoyable for each day of the week, even if it’s only for a few minutes. This way, you look forward to some things throughout the whole week.
• Set the example for your team to follow on the first day of the week. If enthusiastic team members see you down, they may feel they have to follow your example
These may not chase away the blues every time, but at least they help you to be proactive and choose your mood when you get to work. But be warned: be prepared for others to ask what you were up to at the weekend!