3 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR MONDAYS EASIER (AND SEEM QUICKER)…

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.

Don’t Complain

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.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

QUICK FYI: 4 REASONS NEW MEMBERS QUIT COMING TO CHURCH…

Too many those of us who attend church regularly criticize or judge new members who joined but drifted away.

Nothing deep here, just four things I think we should consider before we open our mouths…

1. They come to church looking for something and it doesn’t happen fast enough, so they leave.

2. They come to church looking for something and it happens quickly, then they leave.

3. We, who should be mature in the faith, run them away because we forget they are weaker, OR we aren’t nurturing enough, OR we’re too self-righteous.

4. They came seeking something other than God. This is usually the reason for 1 & 2. (That will be discussed in tomorrow’s post.)

Romans 14:1 (NKJV)

Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.

Romans 15:1 (NKJV)

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the week, and not to please ourselves.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IF WE DON’T DO A BETTER JOB OF ‘MODELING’ ADULTHOOD, OUR CHILDREN DON’T HAVE A CHANCE (Updated)…

One of the best ways for a teacher to establish his or her classroom culture and expectations is by modeling that behavior.

The tone of our culture troubles me.

Our society has legitimized a culture of insults, profanity, retaliation, and foolishness.

This behavior is being modeled by too many of our leaders , while being justified, excused, ignored and mimicked by their supporters.

People are so impressed by ‘keeping it real’, telling it like it is, adolescent humor, indecency and avoiding being Politically Correct that many have lost the value of exercising Emotional Intelligence, tact, kindness and restraint.

Too many people see being loud, proud, obnoxious and visceral as strength, while seeing meekness, humility and patience as weakness.

Our children are having this negative behavior modeled every day.

Even in our movies, we feel the ‘bullied nerd’ is weak until he or she stands up to the bully violently.

Remember, Yeshua Himself said don’t repay evil with evil, but turn the other cheek. He said don’t resist an evil person (unless of course your life is threatened). But of course, striking back if someone slaps you isn’t about self-defense, but pride. Returning an insult with an insult is about pride.

Matthew 5:39 (NKJV)

39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

The picture below was posted in a community Facebook group. The poster was complaining about this behavior, but many adults were celebrating trespassing, nudity and indecency. When the Lord said ‘turn the other cheek’, this isn’t what He was talking about…👇🏼

It’s possible some of the same people who celebrated this, also frown on this foolishness 👇🏾👇🏼

Do you think God approves of either?

Adults who call themselves disciples of Christ are going to have to do a better job of setting the example of walking in the Fruit of the Spirit, which the world sees as weakness.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.


Our children are learning to fight instead of keep the peace…

They’re learning to argue instead of reason…

They are learning to place blame and accuse instead of looking for solutions…

They’re learning to hate instead of love…

They are learning to make excuses to satisfy their will instead of God’s will.

Could many of our childish adults be the children who were spoiled when they were growing up? It’s time to stop the erosion of decorum in leadership.

Grown folks! We have got to do better.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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