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Give Mondays a different colour!

Having Monday Morning Blues?

This is not a prescription and I am not presupposing that you are miserable on Mondays; it’s a message based on updates seen on Social Media.

On Facebook how to know that its Monday morning again?

–          A sullen-face emoticon 😦

–          Oh, No! Back to office again.

–          Why do weekends go by so fast?

–          Wish it were Friday!

… and so on! A significant number of people need to be pushed out of their homes or they unwillingly drag themselves to the office at the beginning of each week.

Studies in numerous hospitals across the world have shown that there is a significant spike in the number of heart attacks on Monday Morning – 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Mondays have seen more heart-attacks than any other 6-hour period during the week (20% higher).

What makes the beginning of the week or going to work on Monday such a dreaded and stress–filled event?

It’s a mix of attitude, performance and lifestyle.

–          Disinterest: Many of us feel trapped in our jobs. We psyche ourselves into believing that it’s a dead-end street and we are puppets in someone’s hands. Given half-a-chance we would be doing something else. We hate our jobs!

Suggestion: Take charge of your life. Believe and act like you are in charge and enjoy whatever you are doing. There are only two ways – either get out of the job and do what you would really love doing or stay on and be happy with the job in hand. Don’t be an unwilling participant – give the job 100%. Any other option can only lead to personal strife. Ownership is the key.

The other useful thing to do would be to develop an agenda for the next week before you head home for the weekend.

–          Fear: Monday mornings are usually meeting / review time and those are moments of reckoning – meetings with Managers and Senior Management are dreaded because its the time when sticky questions thrown at you.

Suggestion: We usually fear what we don’t know – the unknown! Find ways to remove the unknowns at work. Be aware of the demands of the job and be on top of everything to do with it. Quiz yourself on all the grey areas and prepare to answer questions on them. Systematically reduce or eliminate the grey areas. Don’t sub-contract any critical activity and prepare your team to answer questions too. When you and the team are fully aware and prepared there is nothing to fear.

If there is a meeting or a presentation on Monday have most of the work done on Friday itself – work with your team and your boss to prepare answers for all the sticky issues. Leaving nothing to chance.

–          Uncertainty / Lack of Control: You don’t know what is in store. What does the Manager have in store for you – is he going to up the ante and give you more work? Are your team–members going to report for work? Will they deliver what is promised? Will your Channel Partners honour all commitments? Who is going to mess things up for you?

Suggestion: Develop strong relationship at the work place. Network with your Superiors, peers and channel partners; develop friendships and positive working relationships with all concerned. Your channels of communication should deliver bad news to you first – that gives you time to act before others are even aware. Remove the uncertainties by thinking ahead and proactively having answers before the questions arise.

Remember that, like you, your direct reports too are experiencing the blues – let them start the week on a happy note too. Don’t plan for a grilling session on Monday morning. Always have a positive and energizing meeting in the morning and postpone reviews (particularly the sticky ones) for later.

–          Lifestyle: Another huge reason for the blues on Monday is what you do during the weekend; binge-drinking, parties that go on late into the night, lack of sleep, eating food that’s unhealthy all contribute to the terrible feeling at the start of the week.

Suggestion:  Be sensible and realistic about the way you spend the weekend. Plan it keeping in mind that a new Week starts at the end of it all. Ensure that you get enough time to sleep and that you don’t drink or eat excessively on Sunday night.

If you can eat, drink and make merry on the weekend you can schedule enough exercise and stress–relieving activities to for those days. I don’t have any off-day for exercise it goes on every day of the week unless I am travelling or involved in an activity that keeps me away from it – but then you can always reschedule the time for the activity in advance. Go for a brisk walk, play a game, workout in a gym, do yoga, practice meditation, have a happy conversation with a friend – there are so many things one can do to reduce stress.

So the stress you feel on Monday morning is in your control – if you are in charge of your life there is no room for tension and no place for the blues. Give Mondays another colour ….

…. Here’s to Blazing Yellow Mondays!

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  1. March 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    🙂

    • JayadevM
      March 6, 2012 at 3:37 am

      Jithin, glad you liked it.Yes, that curve is the ideal one for Monday Mornings!

  2. Cherish
    March 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Sir, I believe this could be one of your best pieces- I forwarded this to a few colleagues in my organization and they all thought you work in our company!! – meaning to say everyone was really able to connect to your lines ..thanks very much for this

    • JayadevM
      March 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Hello Cherish, Good to hear from you again.

      Thank you for spreading the word. Am glad that my message struck a chord with many of your colleagues … why don’t you tell them to share their thoughts in the Comments section.

      Look forward to hearing from you again. Best!

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