By Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group.
You don’t need to be a professional pollster to know that Monday is the most unpopular day of the week. If you are like most people, you are probably tired, groggy, cranky or a combination of the three on the first day of the work week. After all, by the time you get out of bed on Monday morning, your weekend is in the rearview mirror and you are faced with the unpleasant reality of five full work days ahead.
I used to hate Mondays. The memory of waking up well before the sun came up, hustling to get ready for carpool, sitting on L.A.'s freeways for over an hour and arriving at my high school's morning prayer service to start a long day still rattles me. However, now that I am well out of school and entrenched in the intensity of life as an entrepreneur, I actually enjoy them. Here is how you can too:
Find Work You Are Passionate About
I disliked Mondays in high school because I didn’t like high school. But in college, every day was fun, so it didn’t matter if it was Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday. When I had jobs I didn’t like, I didn’t like Mondays. But in the years since starting my own company, I have come into the office every single Monday fired up and ready to go.
You don’t need to be a college student or an entrepreneur to enjoy the start of the work week. Rather, you need to find work you enjoy and is meaningful to you. If and when you do, you will be excited to get going each week. Assess whether you are happy and fulfilled in your job. And if you are not, ask yourself two questions: What do I love doing? What am I passionate about?
As I got into my thirties, I realized that I am truly passionate about people. I love connecting with people, developing new relationships and exploring ways to utilize my passion for people entrepreneurially. While not every aspect of running a business is fun, I love being around my team and our customers. Discover your passion and start exploring professional opportunities that enable you to pursue it.
Do What Makes Sense For You
While it is important to enjoy and deeply soak in your weekends, it is equally important to exit each weekend in as optimal shape as possible. If you go hard on Friday and/or Saturday night, use Sunday as a recovery day.
Take the time to set guidelines that work for you -- and stick to them. Everyone is wired differently. While I need to get to bed early to start the next day strong, others can thrive with less sleep. Sometimes you need to spend the weekend blowing off steam and sometimes you just need to lay low and do nothing. Often, spending the weekend catching up on work can help improve your mental sanity. Sometimes it can impair it. Ultimately, avoid the temptation of trying to maximize every single minute of the weekend and take the time needed to take care of yourself. You will be thankful when the weekend is over and you are back in work mode on Monday morning.
Set Monday Goals in Advance
For many people, starting new things can be hard. A work week is no different. As difficult as it may sound, when you get into the office on Monday, dive right into your work. Jumping into a cold swimming pool can seem daunting. But once you are in, you'll be grateful you made the jump and do not have to go through the painful process of gradually working your way into the cold water.
Just as a smart weekend will pay off come Monday, planning strategically at the end of the work week will allow you to kick the following week off as aggressively and effectively as possible. Map out your Monday to-do list before you wrap your work week on Friday so that you can reference those goals as soon as you get into the office. That way, instead of having to slog through your Monday, you can hit the ground running.
Adam Mendler is CEO of The Veloz Group and founder of Beverly Hills Chairs, Custom Tobacco and Veloz Solutions.