An apple daily may fend the specialist off, however it will do nothing to fix you of a case of the Mondays. Making a successful transition from weekend mode to workweek mode can require practice. After all, we have a lot working against us on Mondays.
First of all, science says staying in bed during the weekend can meddle with your body check and result in a not really bright Monday morning. As analyst Susanna Jernelöv, a rest scientist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, clarifies, “It’s partly because of our circadian rhythm, so when you sleep in later, it’s like giving yourself a bit of jet-lag, and jet-lag makes you less bright and perky.”
And it turns out that you don’t even have to have a bunch of lousy Mondays to expect that you will. One survey asked respondents to predict their mood for each day of the upcoming week, then asked them to describe their mood on each day of the previous one. The research found that the stereotypes associated with Monday blues and TGIF were prominent in survey responses predicting the upcoming week, but not as keenly felt in the responses about respondents’ actual experience of the prior week. Whether people experience the blues on Mondays or not, it appears the expectation is strong enough to make people anxious about the day.
Even with these potential physical and mental setbacks going into Monday, some business leaders do find ways to enjoy the start of the workweek. That makes them ideal candidates for National Thank God It’s Monday Day on Jan. 6. The first Monday of January was dubbed a celebration of Mondays in honor of the first full week of the new year. It’s a time to look forward to the year ahead with enthusiasm and energy.
To celebrate Thank God It’s Monday Day, I connected with entrepreneurs and business leaders to learn more about what motivates them to go to the office with purpose rather than pessimism on Mondays.
1. Drew Kossoff, CEO, Rainmaker Ad Ventures
Drew Kossoff thinks it’s a shame so many people dread Mondays. He typically feels “pumped” going into Mondays because he’s excited about the larger mission his daily tasks will contribute to. Kossoff focuses on a triple bottom line: people, profits and planet. “As a conscious capitalist, I’m motivated by my mission to not just make money, but to make a difference,” he explains. “I have so much I want to achieve and contribute, and every Monday presents a new opportunity to challenge myself and work toward creating greater impact.”
Kossoff said measuring the difference the company makes each month helps him focus on impact rather than succumbing to the Monday blues. For instance, Rainmaker tracks contributions to charities and gives more as it sees more business success. “Bottom line: It’s pretty easy not to sweat the ‘small stuff’ on Monday morning when you’re focused on the ‘big stuff,’” Kossoff notes. He also believes that preparatory routines can make Mondays more manageable, so he prioritizes cleaning up his desk, voicemails, email inbox and texts at the end of the previous week. And he takes a hot Epsom salt bath at night before bed, then a freezing cold shower in the morning. The bath reduces stress to facilitate a better night’s sleep, and the morning shower energizes him.
2. Andrew Schrage, CEO and Cofounder, Money Crashers
Mondays don’t cause Andrew Schrage anxiety. In fact, he thinks Monday mornings are when he’s at his best. He attributes his positive outlook on Mondays to enjoying the weekend, getting enough rest and focusing on the fresh start that Mondays present. “I generally view Mondays as the first day of a new week where I can make significant progress in growing and developing my small business,” he says. By approaching Monday as the beginning of a new week filled with chances to grow his business, Schrage avoids the Monday blahs.
“There aren’t any Monday-specific routines I use, but I do use a handwritten to-do list for each of my working days, which helps to ensure that all of them are productive and successful,” he adds. For entrepreneurs and business leaders who do view Mondays with apprehension, Schrage suggests making sure that Sunday is a restful day. “Sure, you can have some fun. Just make sure that enough downtime is worked into the schedule to where fatigue is never an issue on Monday morning,” he suggests. He says that eating a healthy breakfast and finding a way to make your commute more productive — such as by listening to a business podcast — can make the day brighter. And if you’re still dreading Monday’s arrival, plan a fun activity for Monday night. “When you have something to look forward to during what’s typically an unattractive workday,” he notes, “your chances of being successful during that time go up a lot.”
3. Anthony Clervi, CEO, Una
Anthony Clervi describes himself as a natural optimist. “Mondays always feel like a fresh start. They are new, exciting and full of potential,” he says. “Since I don’t live for the weekends, I embrace Mondays. You never know who you might meet or what new idea might come up.” However, he still approaches Monday with some routines to set himself up for success. That includes prepping his week on Sundays and scheduling higher-level meetings for Monday so he can focus on strategy and execution the rest of the week.
Clervi sees the dislike of Monday morning as a sign of a larger issues: “If you hate Mondays or think in terms of ‘I can’t wait until Friday,’ then you need to evaluate why you are doing what you are doing. If that is your mentality, then you may be in the wrong business.” He also thinks that adjusting your mindset can have a major impact on your day, regardless of what day of the week it is.
4. Phil Stover, Cofounder, PvP.com and Blue Skies Ventures
When you love what you do, Phil Stover says, “the distinction between weekdays and weekends is less pronounced in terms of your emotions.” To make the most of Mondays, Stover has a very specific Monday routine. He wakes up with some mediation and journal writing, goes to the gym and sets his Monday schedule to be solely his. “I don’t take calls or meetings. There may be occasional exceptions, but not many. I use this time to organize my week, set priorities and focus on tasks requiring my undivided attention. From there, I feel ready to attack the rest of the week,” he explains.
Stover admits that when he worked for big companies, he sometimes felt some trepidation going into Mondays. He wasn’t Monday-averse in every role, though. The key, he says, is to balance what’s motivating with what’s not motivating. “I think if you’re dreading the week, there’s more you dread about it than not. When that is the case, you should work on things that can flip this overall balance back into the positive,” he advises. To accomplish this, Stover suggests making the necessary changes to your week — no matter how small or how significant. Stover believes there’s a great Monday routine out there for everyone. You just have to find what works for you.
5. Marc Deiter, Director, Say Insurance
Mondays invigorate Marc Deiter. In his view, each week presents a fresh opportunity to improve the company’s growing brand. Besides strong coffee, he has a number of practices that help make Mondays the best they can be. In fact, his routine starts on Fridays: “I make a point to plan the following week. I make adjustments to my calendar and make sure that I am prepared for all of the next week’s meetings and tasks,” he explains.
Then he starts each Monday morning by meeting with the business’s leadership team. “We discuss anticipated hurdles that week and wins from the week prior,” he says. For business leaders who find themselves contemplating their Mondays with dismay, Deiter says, “You set the precedent for the next five days with your attitude in just a few simple moments. If you venture into the office with an encouraging attitude, your team will notice.” A positive work culture will inspire not just your week, but your employees as well.
Hopefully these business leaders have encouraged you to approach the first Monday of the year and the 51 that will follow it with hope and excitement. Wondering how you can observe this national holiday? Make a post on social media that highlights how you’re enjoying your Monday with the hashtag: #ThankGodItsMondayDay.