Published 11 September 2017 Category: Compass Tips

10 Things You Can Do Instead Of Complaining About Monday

Since Mondays are always labeled as stupid, dull, boring…our expectations are quite low. If something positive happens on a Monday, it’s even more surprising and delightful! To those of you who hate Mondays for a legitimate reason, here are 10 things you can do instead:

Take advantage of your lunch break
 “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.“ - Amelia Earhart
If you are lucky enough to have 15 to 30 minutes to yourself in the middle of the day, use it. Don’t waste away  aimlessly scrolling through Facebook. Instead, do one of two things: Create something of value or Connect with someone of value. This concept applies to all the margins of your day (don’t lie, you do have time.)

Learn something new
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”  -  Norman Vincent Peale
Read a book, listen to a podcast, watch a YouTube video. Stop being ignorant to the massive amount of free knowledge at your fingertips.

Set up a weekly challenge
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”  - Thomas Jefferson
Hate your morning commute? Challenge yourself to relax and breathe instead of laying on the horn. Tired of your job? Challenge yourself to apply to one new job a day. Wish you had more creative ideas? Challenge yourself to write down 10 ideas every morning during your coffee…or tea.

Use Monday to challenge yourself to do one thing, every day for a week. Struggling to find ideas for a challenge? Ask your friends and family on Facebook or Twitter to give you one. It doesn’t even have to be something productive, have some fun with it. The purpose here is to develop intentionality behind your actions.

Be curious
“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”  - Swami Sivananda
Start asking questions. When Monday’s become a monotonous part of your grind, recognise the miracle you are living and start exploring. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat. Complacency did.

Pick a date, set a goal
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  - C. S. Lewis

Go for a walk (See above)
“Walking is the best medicine.”  -  Hippocrates
When you feel the urge to complain about your Monday, go for a walk instead. Walking is not only a healthy physical activity, it’s been proven to stimulate creative thinking, boost brain power and decrease stress and anxiety.

Don’t do things you hate
“Remove the dross and be surprised every day by the cool stuff that emerges when you make space for it.”  - Isaac Morehouse, co-author of “Don’t Do Stuff You Hate”
But when Monday rolls around, we do feel a twinge of dread when we’re reminded of all the things we hate doing. Here’s a little secret: Most of the stuff you hate doing can be eliminated from your life.
And it doesn’t have to be things on your to-do lists, Relationships with negative people, Limiting mindsets, difficult environments. When you start to accept the reality that there are things in your life you can eliminate or reduce, the freedom of discovering what makes you truly happy follows suit.

Set your alarm for the same time every day
“The problem with changing your pattern on Saturday and Sunday is that Monday often feels like you have to start learning how to get up all over again.”  - Todd Brison (from “How to Become a Morning Person”)
The reason why so many people hate Monday’s: They have to wake up early! Although this isn’t something you can do on a Monday per se, learning to wake up at the same time everyday helps you to overcome the Monday morning drowsiness.

Work on a side-passion
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  -  Maya Angelou.
Everyone engages with their work in one of three levels:
They see it as just a job, a means to an end.
They identify with the vision, mission and goals of the work.
They completely align their meaning and purpose with their work’s meaning and purpose.

The greatest majority of us fall under the first option. Therefore you have two options at this point:
Find a new job or Work on a side-passion

Finding a new job is hard, and often we settle because we’re tired of looking. Eventually, the process repeats itself.  Who knows, maybe your side-passion will open up opportunities? It sure does for a lot of people.

Think about those you love
 “We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”  - Galileo Galilei

How should we look forward to the weekend, if there weren’t Mondays? There is simply no better feeling than to look back of a productive and intense week and start a well-deserved weekend full of joy.