Friday, 17 March 2017

I Don't Like Mondays, I Love Them! 5 Ways to Love Mondays #SaturdayShareLinkUp

I Don't Like... 5 Reasons I Love Mondays | Not Dressed As Lamb

Mondays... They're the worst, right? Well please don't hate me, but I actually really like Mondays. In fact I love them. 

Of course they don't beat the weekend - for me that's the main time I get to spend with my husband, friends and family and try to at least spend a bit of time away from the blog (note the key word "try").

But this week I woke up Monday morning refreshed and really rather excited about a new working week. I thought I'd share the reasons why I love Mondays so much, and hopefully it can give you a few suggestions as to how you can make it at least not the worst day of the week (we'll leave that accolade to Tuesday).

1. I enjoy my job, so I like Mondays. Full stop.

A new working week is always a positive thing for me. I've usually done a photo shoot or two over the weekend and seeing how the photos came out and editing them is one of my favourite things to do. I like to remind myself of the projects I've got coming up by going through my emails. I like to catch up on the social media messages I've missed because I've been out doing other things at the weekend (otherwise known as "having a life", which can be hard to remember to do when you're a blogger!). But because I like what I do, it is easy for me to not hate Mondays.

How this could work for you:
If you're in a job you hate, I know what it's like - I've been there. One job I hated so much I felt sick every morning and came home crying after work every night for the last few months until I left. If this is you, you CAN do something about it. You may want to read last week's post about why sometimes you need to chance a chance in life. It's not too late to change and turn your work life around, don't let your perceived ability or your age or anything else stop you.

2. I like to get back into my routine

After a weekend of eating maybe a few too many treats and going to bed a little bit later than I should, I like the working week routine that Mondays bring. Whilst I enjoy the odd chocolate pudding we treat ourselves to or the must-watch classic movie we stayed up and watched on Saturday night, a routine is really where I'm at. It makes me feel positive with an organised time for everything (and cleaner eating), and I get so much more done.

How this could work for you: 
If you're not usually a routine kind of person, just try it and see how you like it. If you're worried it'll make life "boring", think of all the free time you'll have to be spontaneous because the stuff that has to get done (eating, sleeping, exercise, sorting out the kids, walking the dog, housework, you get my drift!) gets done super quickly, super efficiently because it's done at the same time every day/week/month. Get the mundane stuff out the way in the slickest way possible. Let your hair down and fly by the seat of your pants the rest of the time.

3. Mondays are my busiest day work-wise, and I like that

Yes, that's a positive thing, honest! I like being busy. Lord knows, I shouldn't have become a full-time blogger if I didn't like working because a woman's blogger's work is never done. (Seriously - my husband often asks me before bed, Have you done all your work today? And he always get a wide-eyed look and a No, it's never all done! There's no such thing when you blog and when you finish one thing there are always, always another 10 things to do.) I like to tackle all my work head-on and really steam through it - I tend to lose that momentum as the week goes on. On a Monday I feel like I could accomplish anything.

How this could work for you: 
If you're the sort of person that shuns hard work, then I probably can't do much to help you. But if you always have a lot to do at the beginning of a new work week but the Monday Blues always affect your output, try the Ivy Lee Method productivity hack, it works a treat:

  1. At the end of each work day, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
  2. Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
  3. When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
  4. Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
  5. Repeat this process every working day.

I use this every day if I can - honestly it is a game-changer.

4. The house is usually clean and tidy after a weekend clear up

I've usually had a bit of time at the weekend to do some housework, or sort out a set of drawers, or clear out a room, get all the laundry done and put away - the house feels organised after a weekend of relative (but good) mess. (Let's just call it organised chaos, also described by my husband as "I think a clothes bomb went off in the bedroom"). If I've done a DIY job on the house it feels good every time I walk in that room and I stop to admire my handiwork. As I work from home I can't escape an untidy house, so if the house is sorted and clear then I feel goooooood on a Monday.

How this could work for you: 
If you, like me, are the sort of person who struggles to keep their desk tidy, this is one of the best things you can do to make Mondays, well, just nicer. If you can find time on a Friday to take just 10 minutes to clear up your desk or work area, throw away stuff you don't need, shred/recycle/file paperwork and give your desk a quick wipe over with some anti-bac wipes then I guarantee you you will feel less depressed being faced with a clean, tidy work area when you get in on the dreaded Monday morning. Try it and see how envious your colleagues are of your sparkling working space.

5. We watch our favourite TV show on a Monday night

We are massive fans of The Walking Dead (it's on Monday in the UK, a day after the US) so I'm looking forward to it all day. I often forget it's on that evening until it clicks with me sometime mid morning that Yessssssss - tonight is TWD night... It usually sparks a few texts between me and the husband about what we think is going to happen, and yes, I'm really easily pleased (and really scared of zombies. Makes no sense, I know).

How this could work for you:
If you record your favourite show on a series link or have it downloaded/on a boxset, make Mondays the regular night you watch an episode. If you know you have the next episode to watch it will make Mondays so much better - watch it at the same time in the evening every week so you organise your evening around it and make it that much more special. I know it's only TV but when it's your absolute favourite show, then that's okay, right?

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I Don't Like... 5 Reasons I Love Mondays | Not Dressed As Lamb
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16 comments

  1. Thank you for these tips Catherine.I'm going to look deeper into that Ivy Lee method. I'm the worst organised person ever! Have a great weekend x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  3. I really like Mondays too. My reasons are mainly the same as yours. : ) xxxx
    Thanks for the link-up!
    ❤️ Carly Susanne - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  4. I'm always about being more positive so this really resonates with me Catherine!
    I may have to try a couple of these ideas with my husband---he's not a lover of Mondays!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  5. I also like Mondays much better now that I'm no longer in a job that I hated! I probably work harder and longer but I love it! I truly enjoy Mondays now. My favorite TV show is also on Mondays! They just wrapped up The Bachelor here in the U.S. and Dancing with the Stars will start this Monday. After that wraps up in May, The Bachelorette will start. So, Mondays are fun for me!

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  6. When I was still working Monday was always my day off! Now it s reserved for going to the gym and work on my blog! It s a great day!

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  7. I love, love, love Mondays. I always see it like a new beginnig. I love it even more since I stopped teaching teenagers, arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, and start blogging
    Much love dear friend.
    I do hope to meet you soon.
    Rebecca, my daughter and I are planning to be in London Fashion Week next September, so we could meet there.Wait and see, plans, plans
    Much love

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  8. I had to laugh when I got to number 5 - me too thanks to you! ;-)
    I'm firmly in the LIKE camp for one simple reason, the kids go back to school...Sure it sounds worse than it is, I'm not a completely wicked Mother but by gosh it's nice to get the house back in order & have some alone time after I drop them off Monday morning.
    The little angels completely trash the house over the weekend & constantly demand my attention, please don't judge me ;-)
    Fab post C xx

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  9. You go girl! I am one of those people who doesn't like Monday's and I think part of it has to do with having to get up and go to work. Ha, ha. I'm sure there are a lot of us out there. But thanks for posting a positive take on something many of us usually dread! Way to go! Have a great weekend. - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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  10. I don't mind Mondays either because I like my job too. My only problem is the getting up early, if I could start at 10 rather than 9 my life would be perfect. TWD also I favourite of mine, it's getting a bit slow though. I want some action!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

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  11. my life has been consumed with the blogger to wordpress conversion. Bgg hint don't wait till you have 1400 posts and 14000 pictures to convert LOL ( or maybe hire someone ) Love your Monday positives

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  12. I couldn't agree more! I love getting back to a routine and having the peace and quiet in the house to focus on the week ahead!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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  13. I like Mondays, not that I particularly like my 9-5 job, BUT I spend most of the 9 (well, 8.45) until 5 part planning what I am going to do on the blog in the evening.
    Monday evenings are great.
    I am full of thought and inspiration....then I am off on Tuesdays!
    Monday is not such a bad day.
    I like your idea of a 6 item list.
    That makes great sense.
    Sometimes I feel that I have so much to do that end up achieving not very much... mostly due to starting too many jobs at one.
    Finishing things one at a time makes MUCH more sense!
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    (Trying this trick tomorrow)
    XXX
    Samantha
    Fake Fabulous | Fashion & Style, over 40

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  14. I like this Monday as I have the day off after working the weekend and get to feeling when I'm relaxing, drinking wine and planning all the nothing I'm going to on Sunday night whilst the rest of social media moans about going back to work. Its compensation for having to put up with the 'Friyay' posts when you are working a nightshift!

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  15. While I don't like the morning school run, I do like having the house to myself for a few hours during the week when I'm at home. As I work freelance (in addition to blogging) I have no set working pattern, and sometimes work weekends, but weekend work always feels more relaxed and no rush hour traffic :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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