If you’re anything like me, Mondays can be overwhelming and harried. My to-do list is long and I’m usually recovering from an action-packed weekend. By the time I hit Friday my to-do’s are checked off, I’m feeling more relaxed and I’m gearing up for another action-packed weekend. So what if we treated Mondays like Fridays? Just thinking about that makes me feel better about Mondays.
According to a wonderful book I’ve been reading called 5. Where will you be five years from today?, “Dreading Mondays is a ridiculous way to spend one-seventh of your life, but that’s the weird habit that millions of people have fallen into.”
Think about this: Over the next five years, there are 260 Mondays. What kind of magic and miracles can you create with that kind of time? Why not welcome every Monday with the same anticipation and excitement that most people reserve for Fridays?
I’m designating Mondays as “New Music Monday!” I’m changing up my play lists and exploring new artists and genres. It’s amazing what a little newness can do to your Monday morning. And it makes me excited already for next Monday and the next Monday….
Plus, there is evidence that trying new things boosts your energy and improves your overall happiness.
Here are a few ideas to help you think of what you can do to put Monday on a pedestal like Friday.
· Meet a friend for coffee before work
· Meet a friend for happy hour after work
· Explore a new park or neighborhood
· Start a new exercise class
· Go to a museum
· Visit the library
· Eat lunch outside with a good book
· Spend time on a hobby
· Take a new route to work or school
· Email an old friend you haven’t talked to in a while
· Call your mom
· Paint your nails a new, bright color
· Or be like me and listen to new music!
What are you waiting for? Let’s take back our Mondays!
P.S. What’s on your playlist?