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7 Tips for Improving Monday Mornings

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?

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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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