For those whose work schedule allows them to have a normal Saturday and Sunday weekend…Mondays can be tough. Especially if your job is challenging, if you have to work with difficult people, or if you work in a toxic culture.
Monday can also be difficult because the euphoria of the weekend is over. The reality of bills, errands and obligations come rushing back.
I’ve even found myself finding it hard to sleep well on SONday night…have you?
Monday CAN seem like a mountain, it can seem more like MOURNday if we let it.
If any of this is true for you, I have some suggestions to not only help get you through Monday, but make it seem quicker.
Here are 3 Simple Suggestions to Make Your Mondays Easier and Faster…
Work Harder/Have Fun
There are two sure fire ways to make time seem to pass by quicker…working harder and having fun.
When you’re focused on a job or completing a task, you can look at the clock surprised at how much time has elapsed. Anyone who works in a deadline based environment can attest to the fact that not only hours ‘fly by, but days and weeks. If you’re focused on your computer screen…your customers…your phone…your assembly line…your project…your students…your patients…your task, you’ll find yourself suddenly at the end of your work day.
It’s always good if you can find a way to make your job fun. Starting your day with and maintaining a smile sets a mindset, not only in you, but those around you. Find the humor in difficult situations…conversations…meetings. There will always be those who appreciate that you lighten the mood. Of course there will also be those who are annoyed, but that’s on them.
Listen to music, sermons, pod casts, etc if you can.
Play work goal games with yourself…I can make difficult customers smile…I can get this done faster with fewer mistakes.
Find a way to enjoy each day!
Make your it goal to be easy to work with. You can get joy from being the positive voice…from being the encourager.
God let’s us know through out His word that He hates complaining…
1 Corinthians 10:10 (NKJV)
10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
God also said do our jobs as if doing them for Him…
Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
That being said, we should learn to work without complaining…
Complaining not only makes you feel worse, but it’s either contagious, or it makes people want to avoid you.
When you feel yourself ready to complain, remember how happy you were when you found out you were hired.
When you feel like complaining, try giving God some praise instead.
Pray Often During the Day
The truth is that Monday is always a blessing, and God deserves to be thanked first thing and all day. Even a job you hate is still a blessing…link
Pray and be thankful when things are going well…
Pray for strength when days get challenging…
Pray for your coworkers or customers who make your job difficult or work against you.
Just as you take a lunch break, dedicate some regular time as your prayer break.
Pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17) should not be taken lightly…prayer is your key to make God a part of your work day and help you maintain His character and integrity. It is also good to read some of His word during the day as well.
Every day is a gift, and we should treat each as such. We don’t want to find ourselves wasting days in anticipation for the weekend, holidays and vacation. It’s best when we can learn to enjoy every day…all day.
But, as we mature in our ability to enjoy each day, I pray these tips can make your Monday easier and quicker.