5 Tips to Managing Monday (the day we love to hate)

#Monday in #Barbados
Is it Monday … already?


Day 4 of #NaBloPoMo … and it’s a Monday; a day most of us love to hate. 

Well, hate may be a strong word but I don’t know of many people who like Mondays far less love them.  Most of us want the weekend to last at least one day longer.  We are disappointed with the things we didn’t get to do over the last two days and are depressed over the things we will have to do over the next five.

Personally?  I need a 3-day weekend.  Saturday would be spent running errands, grocery shopping and laundry.  Sunday would be spent going to church, cooking and doing any household chores left over from Saturday.  Monday (my new 3rd day of the weekend) would be MY day, spent doing the things I want to do: like reading a book, watching a movie, writing a poem or short story or blog post … the possibilities are endless.  Of course I’d still want to be paid the same salary but that’s another story for another day.

What I’ve decided to do however is motivate myself (and my fellow Monday haters) into changing our mindsets towards this first working day of the week.  From this point onwards I am suggesting we start the ball rolling by asking ourselves WHY we dislike Mondays so much. 

  • Is it to do with the fact that we have to go back to work after two days away from the office? 
  • Or maybe it’s because of those boring weekly staff meetings our executives insist on having at 9:00 a.m.?
  • Could it do with having to leave home extra early to avoid sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic or more likely the 2 hour commute just to make it in on time?  

After we find our why, let’s see how best we can adopt a more positive mindset.  Here are 5 initial thoughts but I want to hear any others you may have because we are all in this together:

  1. Meditate as soon as we wake up on Monday morning; think positive thoughts e.g. Today IS going to be a great day!
  2. Enjoy some upbeat music on the way into the office to put us in a good mood.
  3. Plan to do something totally different e.g. take another route to work if possible, drink tea instead of coffee, do squats instead of push ups during our exercise routine, wear pink instead of black … you get where I’m coming from.
  4. Consciously plan to make our Mondays matter e.g. schedule something exciting on our calendar for Monday (lunch with a friend, a quick trip to the mall, a random anonymous act of kindness for a co-worker or family member).
  5. Write a To Do List which targets getting the ‘yucky’ tasks out of the way first thing on Monday, in order to leave room for the not-so-yucky stuff.
  6. Bonus thought: Count our blessings and thank God for allowing us to see another Monday, because some of us did not make it to today.

So can we do this?  More importantly, can we do this starting today???  Who’s with me?  Share a comment here or send a note to me at gale.weithers@gmail.com – and have a Happy Monday!


Source: http://www.barbados.org/emblems.htm#.UnRjzvlJ5LY
Source: http://www.barbados.org/emblems.htm#.UnRjzvlJ5LY

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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

12 thoughts on “5 Tips to Managing Monday (the day we love to hate)”

    1. Nothing specific per se but would advise you to write a daily To Do List a week in advance, like maybe on the weekend for the week ahead. That way you can spread things out and really monitor your progress. I include everything so I have a workout list, a diet list, a personal list and a work list (yup, I am the Queen of Lists but it really works). Does this help? Please let me know!


  1. Nice and positive! I find I enjoy Mondays, but I work for myself and Monday is when I send the boys off to school and enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s all in how you think of it I believe 🙂


  2. Reblogged this on Living Life Day by Day … and commented:

    How can we possibly make this Monday different? Even though we may be mourning the passing of one weekend while looking forward to another one, let’s see how we can make today, Monday, truly awesome.

    Ready, get so, go! I’m with you on this one 🙂


  3. I should have read this earlier! LOL I heap too many household chores onto Monday, then can’t accomplish everything, and there’s no room for fun. I think I will schedule something fun, and try to spread the other things over the week, if possible. I keep forgetting to tell you how much I like that huge tree in your header.


    1. I love the idea of a fun activity for Mondays; so novel especially since many of us love to hate the day after the weekend. Glad you like the tree. I like it too. It’s at one of my favourite places in Barbados – Codrington College. The grounds are lovely and even though it’s a seminary college the public is allowed to visit (for free) and enjoy nature at it’s best. Will show you in person when you come visit 🙂

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