Monday’s, we all hate them right? I used to be the same way, I hated Monday’s. I had no logical reason to hate Monday’s. I only work two Monday’s out of the month, I generally don’t know what day it is. When I found myself hating Monday’s, I was upset. This is what I did to change it.
Find The Issue.
What is it about Monday that you dislike? Is it the rush out of the door to make it to work on time? Is it lack of preparedness? Are you missing out on precious sleep? Some where in you routine or your chaos, there is an issue. You’ve got to find the source of the issue in order to change the result. After all, repeating the same thing over and over again is considered insanity.
My issue wasn’t easy to find. I thought it was this, then that, then this again. In reality, I found that my issue was purely with myself. I would roll out of bed, exhausted, defeated, grumbly because I wasn’t happy with my routine. I wasn’t happy not working out, I wasn’t happy being unprepared and I certainly wasn’t eating/sleeping/drinking enough.
So, I have my issue..How do I fix it?
Develop A Fix.
I really want to stress something here… Fixing any issue is not as simple as saying, “Well, I won’t do that again”. That is considered a band-aid fix. Just like a band-aid loses it’s stickiness over time, so will your fix.
To develop a fix, look at your issue from multiple angles. To help, you can create a mind map if you choose. A mind map is a simple layout of steps or processes that can keep you on track. I am notorious for wanting to race through the steps, so sub-outlets are also included. Place your issue in the center, and create your steps on the outside. How many steps do you need, what can you do to be detailed? This is all of importance.
Implement Your Fix.
Again, this is not a band-aid. Let’s not rip it off too fast! Implementing your fix can take days, weeks, even months. It all depends on you. Start with your mind map, your first step. You’ll want to successfully do your first step for at least five days. If you miss a day, go back and try again. It’s not a race, it’s about making yourself better. Once you consecutively complete your first step for five days, add in your second step. You’ll keep adding steps as you go until eventually your fix will be fully implemented. This is where you’re jump-start comes in.
You’ve found your issue, you’ve identified a fix, you’ve implemented that fix. It’s now time to jump start! You’re in a routine now, you’ve shown yourself you are capable. You can do hard things. It’s your time to roll out of bed on Monday morning smiling! Share your newfound routine, enjoy friends, family and coworkers noticing your happiness. You have jump-started your Monday! And, I’ll let you in on a little known secret… The key to a good week is a great Monday!