You and I hear the exact same thing every week. Sometimes we’re the ones the ones even saying it.
Typical Sunday evening conversation:
“Ah man tomorrow’s Monday, I don’t want to go to work tomorrow..”
Typical Monday morning conversation:
Q: Good morning. How are you?
A: “Ah you know, Monday…” or “Shitty, it’s Monday.”
There’s about a thousand different versions, but you get the point.
When I hear these statements and see people living in this mindset I see two (2) problems.
(1) That person is spending their time working a job that they don’t enjoy and is simply enduring it for the paycheck.
This is a very controversial topic and have no interest in exploring it (right now). All I have to say is you should address this problem ASAP. Get yourself out of the TGIF, 9-5, live for the weekend mindset. Successful people do not think this way.
My man Gary Vaynerchuk says it best:
If you live for the weekends & vacation, your shit is broken.
(2) That person is just under prepared and lacks intention. They’re just drifting.
This is the problem that I want to tackle. I’m a huge advocate for intentional living.
What is intentional living?
Living with intention is living and approaching every single situation with the end in mind. Beginning with the end in mind is actually 1 of the 7 habits Of Highly Effective People. It’s about taking control of your outcomes in business and in life.
I’m going to share with you the one (1) thing I do every week that makes a huge difference in how I feel and how I perform. Not only on Mondays, but for the entire week.
Get Rid Of Those Monday Blues
Weekends are supposed to be fun and enjoyable. I’m definitely not telling you to not spend time with the people you love and take life too seriously, hell no. If you hang out with me, you will quickly see I’m all about having an incredible time. You should have a blast, do epic shit, and live life to the fullest.
LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE
Showing up back to work on Monday after a big weekend is tough. You most likely have a full inbox, a stack of paperwork on your desk, and a handful of phone calls to make. “Mondays..”
Here is the #1 thing I do to get rid of those Monday Blues:
Spend 30 – 60 minutes every Sunday evening and take a deep look at the week ahead. Start planning and reflecting.
It’s simple, but it’s complicated. It’s easy because anyone can do it; there is no skill required. It’s hard because it takes willpower and thought.
Here is what you do:
- End your weekend 30-60 minutes early.
- Start reviewing the tasks, e-mails, and pending items that need to get done.
- Take out your notebook, journal, or legal pad and begin looking into the future.
- What do I want to accomplish this tomorrow and this week at work?
- What monkey is on your back that you need to get on somebody else’s back?
- When are you going to fit in your fitness? What do you want to accomplish physically this week?
- A short list (1-5) of high priority items that you WILL get done this week in both your professional and personal life.
- What’s your social life going to look like? What events are you going to attend? What relationships do you want to invest in? When are you going to network and meet new people? What are you going to do with the kids?
- What are you going to eat? Are you going to eat out all week or are you going to cook? What do you want your diet to look like?
- When are you going to invest in yourself? (Ex: Read books, learn new skills, take courses, meet with a mentor.)
This list is just an example. You don’t have to do any or all of these, but you get the point. Do what works for you.
Start loading up your week and your life with intention. Start thinking about outcomes instead of settling for unwanted results.
This is what I do on Sunday nights, usually while I prep some meals for the week.
As a result, I wake up ready to go on Monday mornings and every other day of the week for that matter.
Time to get rid of them Monday blues, dawg.
Question for you: What are some other ways you practice intentional living?