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7 Tips for Improving Monday Mornings

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7 Tips for Improving Monday Mornings

By Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project via DivineCaroline

One happiness-project exercise I undertook was to consider the different times of day, and days of the week, to see if any particular dayparts were happiness challenges. In my case, I realized that school mornings were no fun, and I took several steps to make school-day mornings more calm and cheery.

Another common problem time? Monday morning—or rather, the Monday-morning mood, which can strike at any time of the week. Even when you love your job—and especially if you don’t love your job—it can be hard to go back to work on Monday morning. After a few days out of the routine, it can feel jarring and overwhelming to jump back into the workday world. If you take care of kids full time, Mondays can feel easier—or not, depending on what your days are like.

I’ve talked to several people about how they deal with Mondays. Their different answers illustrate a common point: the importance of self-awareness. If you’re aware of the fact those certain times of day, or days of the week, pose a particular happiness challenge, and why, you can take steps to improve them. When do you feel like buckling down? When do you feel like goofing off? Pay attention to your idiosyncratic rhythms.

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12:57PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Thank you. I do generally enjoy my work - but there are definitely days when you just feel like being rebellious and not doing any at all! (This can get a bit schizophrenic when you're self-employed, as I am!) So I'll keep these for future use.

3:18AM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

Thanks for sharing, but most of these tips don't work in my job: I'm a doctor. So I have no choice in what I get to do in a day, and in what order. Often I have worked the weekend and am still working on a Monday. So the only thing I do is try to have a coffee on a Monday morning and just grin and bear it...

11:05PM PDT on Jun 19, 2010

Thank you for posting this interesting article. Im startin Tafe soon so this mught help me :)

9:55AM PDT on Jun 15, 2010

There are far more effective methods & techniques to maximize health, well being & safety of workers than pushing "work" & executing the 7 tips . . . . How about empowerment, engagement, awareness, communication, training coupled with accountability? Every day of work week.

12:31AM PDT on Jun 15, 2010

In Holland Monday mornings are good. Stores and banks, etc. don't open until 1:00 in the afternoon.

10:42AM PDT on Jun 13, 2010

Thanks for some timely help. I think this can also be applied even if you are retired, or stay at home.

4:11PM PDT on Jun 12, 2010

thanks for posting

4:10PM PDT on Jun 12, 2010

tip # 8. stay in your bed!!

7:38PM PDT on Jun 8, 2010

These are good ideas. I mostly have a problem with Suday's, but I'm trying to change that every time I get the chance, and remember to.

12:28PM PDT on Jun 8, 2010

Awesome, thanks!

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