5. Shuffle the schedule. Maybe something is making Mondays unnecessarily tough. Could you suggest moving the weekly meeting from Monday morning to Wednesday morning, so you don’t feel like you’re starting your week by sitting in a long meeting? Could a report be due on Tuesday, instead of Monday, to give you a little cushion?
6. Find some fun. If you really don’t feel like coming to work on Monday morning, think of some workplace ritual—that just involves you, or even better, involves some coworkers—to make re-entry more fun. A little bit of fun can make a big difference in making an unpleasant situation more bearable. I once ate at a diner where the wait staff kept a chalkboard where they wrote the names of movies they’d seen, with their brief reviews. “Excellent.” “Worthless.” “Boring, but my boyfriend loved it.” This sounds like a small thing, but it looked like they got a big kick out of it.
7. Roll with it. The change I’ve made in my approach to my Monday morning is this: don’t expect to have a regular schedule. I love routine and predictability, but the way my life is right now, every day is different. For a while, that made me feel frustrated and inefficient. Now I’m trying to embrace and enjoy it.
Because I’ve always had an office job, these tips are best suited for people who work in that environment. If you have a non-office job, what tips would you offer for coping with Monday morning—or the Monday-morning mood?