Have you experienced waking-up on a Monday morning only to turn off the alarm clock and go back to sleep? Or after managing to pull yourself out of bed, take a lazy shower, dress-up and drive to your office, arrived 15 past 8, and there you find your office still empty? Or your staff or office mates are still taking their time chatting at the pantry?
There was one Monday morning where my mom came knocking frantically at the door of my room and woke me up from an erotic dream (*blushes). She said am late for work, and I immediately replied that I don’t want to go to work today unless she’ll give me 3 reasons why I should. So she goes on to say:
You should go to work today because you are already 40 years old and you have to earn a living for yourself, today is a Monday and you should start your week right, and lastly, you have to go to work because you are the only person who has the key in your office -and you are the BOSS!
Yayy!!! So I got up and did what she asked me.
Today, I am still the BOSS. I take my freelancing as a business. While I have made it a point not to work on Mondays anymore (at least that’s what my clients and staff know), I still work on Mondays.
But Mondays, especially coming from a long partying-weekend, are simply unbearable. And it seems a lot of work professionals and freelancers are plagued with “Monday sickness,” that is, the seemingly lack of motivation to work. How do you cure this one?
Let me suggest at least 4 ways to overcome Monday Sickness:
- First: Wake-up with gusto. Yeah. Take charge of your day the moment you wake in the morning. Get out of the bed immediately, and turn on that favorite music cd or fm of yours to give you that needed rhythm.
- Second: Arrive to your office earlier than the rest, especially if you are the boss or the section head. Arriving early allows you to dictate the pacing of the day, to relax and helps you to go through your to-do-list in a more positive way.
- Third: Review last week’s activities and your unfinished to-do-list.
- Last: Write a new to-do-list for the week, prioritize, and attend immediately to the urgent matters for the day.
So, the next time you are feeling the symptoms of Monday sickness, and feels like not motivated to work, push yourself and try the list above.
Or, care to add on the list?