I Don’t Like Mondays, I Love Them: 5 Reasons to Love Mondays

I Don't Like Mondays, I Love Them! 5 Reasons to Love Mondays | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 50 lifestyle blog

Mondays… They’re the worst, right? Well please don’t hate me, but I actually really like Mondays. I’d go so far as to say I LOVE them.

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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 keyword “try”).

But this week I woke up Monday morning refreshed and really rather excited about a new working week. I took time off work last week and spent five of those days in Ilfracombe in North Devon on a “time holiday”: walking, working out, eating a vegan diet, no TV, lots of sleep and fresh air.

 

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This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been updated.

 

I came home feeling good both physically and mentally, so it’s no wonder I was full of positivity come Monday morning.

It got me thinking about why a new week should be a positive, not a negative, thing. And how the way you approach it can make all the difference to how the rest of the week goes.

It makes sense that if you start Monday feeling negative, you’ll most likely end up feeling negative when Monday draws to a close, and possibly into the rest of the week as well. As they say about happiness, sometimes you’ve just got to force it a little bit. Have you heard the theory that if you force yourself to smile it can actually boost your mood and increase happiness levels?

Yep – it’s a thing (apparently). Studies were done and everything. So maybe that same theory can be applied by forcing positivity onto Mondays a little bit?

It’s worth a go at least, so hear me out. Here are the reasons why I love Mondays, 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 particular accolade to Tuesday. Now we’re talking the most heinous day of the week #AbolishTuesdays).

 

5 reasons to love Mondays…

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

A new working week is always a positive thing for me. I’ve usually had lots of creative inspiration over the weekend and turning them into something real and tangible is one of my favourite things to do at the start of the new week.

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 content creator).

But because I like what I do, it’s easier for me to like Mondays.

 

How this could work for you:
If you’re in a job you don’t enjoy, I see you – I’ve been there (many times). One job I hated so much that I felt sick every morning and came home crying after work every night for the final few months until I left. If this is you, PLEASE do something about it.

You may want to read my post about why sometimes you need to take a chance in life. It’s not too late to change and turn your [work] life around; don’t let your perceived ability, 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 bit later than I should, I like the working week routine that Mondays bring.

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Whilst I enjoy the odd 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. 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, exercising, sorting out the kids, walking the dog, housework, you get my drift!) gets done more quickly and more efficiently because it’s done at the same time every day/week/month.

Get the mundane stuff out of the way in the quickest, most efficient 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 gets a wide-eyed look and a “No, it’s never all done!”)

There’s no such thing when you blog… 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 a little 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 who 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 affect your output, try the Ivy Lee Method productivity hack… it works a treat:

    1. At the end of each working day, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish the next day. Do not write down more than six tasks.
    2. Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
    3. When you arrive the next day, 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 way. 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’s 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, sort out a set of drawers, clear out a room or 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.

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Working outside the home? 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 will feel more positive when faced with a clean, tidy work area arriving at work on the dreaded (or rather, dreaded-no-more!) Monday morning. Try it and see how envious your colleagues are of your sparkling working space.

Working from home? Keep on top of not just your work area, but on top of any kitchen mess. I’ve worked in many places where the staff kitchen left A LOT to be desired (the number of times I’d spend half my lunch hour cleaning the kitchen because it was ewwwwww), and if you treat your own kitchen like a staff kitchen then you’ll be greeted by a mess every time you go to make a cuppa. So keep surfaces clear, give everything a quick wipe down and put all dirties in the dishwasher (or wash them up) and put clean bits away. Come elevenses and lunchtime you’ll thank yourself.

 

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

We are [were] massive fans of The Walking Dead (it used to be on a Monday in the UK, a day after the US) so I always looked forward to it during the day. I often forgot it was on that evening* until it clicked with me sometime mid-morning that “Yessssssss – tonight is TWD night…” It usually sparked a few texts between me and the husband about what we thought was going to happen, and yes, I’m easily pleased (and really scared of zombies. Makes no sense, I know). It honestly made me feel really positive which affected my productivity and boosted my mood.

*This was, of course, before it was only available to stream. The good old days of “TWD is on at 9pm every Monday”…

So it started with The Walking Dead and continued with other series when TWD ended. We needed to fill our Monday evening TV-watching gap and think it’s the best day for watching one (ONE!) episode of whatever series we’re desperately trying not to binge-watch.

 

How this could work for you:
If you record your favourite show on a series link or have it available to watch already, 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 bit more special.

I know it’s only TV but when it’s your absolute favourite show, then that’s okay, right?

 

Do you have any good tips for making Mondays better? Share them with us in the comments…

 

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33 Comments

  1. 22 September 2023 / 8:49 pm

    I loved reading this post!

    The Reluctant Blogger | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

    • Catherine
      Author
      22 September 2023 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks Danielle πŸ™‚ x

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 September 2023 / 11:03 pm

      Glad you liked them Patrick, thank you πŸ˜€

  2. Sue Dunlop
    21 September 2023 / 12:07 pm

    The new look for your blog is great. Very much in tune with the aesthetic you’ve shown over the past while.

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 September 2023 / 3:52 pm

      Sue thank you! I liked the slight retro feel to it… glad you think it fits x

  3. Lynn Jones
    21 September 2023 / 11:14 am

    Feeling more in the Monday Maybe club, than I Heart Mondays πŸ™‚ But, hey, if they’re floating your boat, don’t let me harsh your mellow πŸ˜‰

    I think the Monday factor depends on a feeling of recovery from the weekend. Going part time by having a Friday off helps take the pressure off around balancing housework, school runs, caring, work, and de-stressing.

    Do you find it difficult to switch off? Sometimes it feels like there’s a tumble dryer of bricks and PostIt notes of Things Not Done in my head.

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 September 2023 / 9:28 pm

      Hehe no worries about being in the Monday Maybe Club, Lynn – but I’m totally with you on not working Fridays, that should apply to everyone everywhere! Let’s make Friday a weekend day, yes?!

      I sort of do and don’t find it difficult to switch off… sometimes it’s TOO easy. But sometimes I’m raring to go with loads of energy and to try and switch off would be a waste of my excess excitement, lol!

  4. 21 September 2023 / 11:01 am

    Some helpful tips Catherine, I don’t mind Monday’s but prefer Friday’s.
    I do love blogging though and the beauty of it for me is that I can do it when I can and want to and put it down if I’m busy with family or doing something else.
    Have a super weekend and yes it’s nearly Monday again.
    Jacqui x

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 September 2023 / 9:29 pm

      Oh you’re 100% right that Fridays are better, Jacqui… but I think Mondays get a bad rap! πŸ˜‰

      I guess I put down the blog as you mentioned a few months ago, but I put it down and left it there for MONTHS as you know, so I’m the sort of person who thrives on momentum, heehee x

  5. 21 September 2023 / 9:31 am

    I like Mondays too! But that wasn’t always the case…I hated them when I worked in a couple of places, so much so that I felt sick. I’m so glad to be out of all that shite now though.
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 September 2023 / 9:32 pm

      Oh god I know that sick feeling Suzy, all too well. It was awful. Glad you’re also out of it πŸ™‚

  6. 1 April 2017 / 7:19 am

    Hi, you yellow sunshine. Nice and bright. Good for spring.
    I have no problems with any day of the week. And yes I like hard work as long as it isn't too much overtime. Hard work, makes the day pass quickly.
    I am like you, liking things organised and clean. I am good in clearing this away. Up to behind the closet door. Once you open a closet it is an entirely different matter. Which I hate but cannot change.
    Greetje

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 September 2023 / 9:33 pm

      I’m SO with you on the closet door thing, Greetje!! Never, ever open a woman’s secret closet (like Monica in Friends, lol)…!

  7. 29 March 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I love mondays as i get to drink as much coffee as i want! Today is my day at home with Ben and i'm only just getting lunch and had only one coffee today… #brilliantblogposts

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 September 2023 / 9:34 pm

      Oh lordy I don’t think I could function on just coffee Lianne (I hate the stuff anyway, but I also like my food too much)! x

  8. 21 March 2017 / 7:47 am

    Thank you for hosting Catherine! I'm linking back to you πŸ™‚

  9. 20 March 2017 / 10:21 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

    Emma xxx

  10. 20 March 2017 / 9:45 am

    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!

    • Catherine
      Author
      25 September 2023 / 11:06 pm

      Those sorts of Mondays are the VERY best ones, Rachel…!

  11. 19 March 2017 / 7:33 pm

    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)

    • Catherine
      Author
      25 September 2023 / 11:12 pm

      Thank you Samantha – honestly the Ivy Lee method really works for me – there’s not so much of an overwhelming, endless list of tasks when it’s only 6 things! Love that you love Monday evenings…!

  12. 19 March 2017 / 6:59 pm

    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

  13. 19 March 2017 / 1:50 pm

    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

  14. 19 March 2017 / 10:30 am

    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

  15. 18 March 2017 / 6:41 pm

    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

  16. 18 March 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I had to laugh when I got to number 5 – me too thanks to you! πŸ˜‰
    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 πŸ˜‰
    Fab post C xx

  17. 18 March 2017 / 10:08 am

    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

  18. 18 March 2017 / 7:10 am

    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!

  19. 17 March 2017 / 9:52 pm

    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!

  20. 17 March 2017 / 9:50 pm

    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!

  21. 17 March 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I really like Mondays too. My reasons are mainly the same as yours. : ) ❀️ Carly Susanne

  22. 17 March 2017 / 9:30 pm

    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

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