I think we all have had a time where we have enjoyed our weekend but dreaded Monday to come. I know I used to be guilty of that! Times have changed though. I can honestly tell you that Monday is definitely my favorite day of the week. I’ll tell you why:
I got pretty big into fitness a couple of years ago. I signed up with two of the top fitness trainers in Utah. They taught me about how to change my lifestyle instead of crash dieting so I could get results that lasted a lifetime instead of a short time period. One of the most important things they drilled into my mind was this quote: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”
I met with my coaches once every week to tell them about how my last week went with my workouts and meal plans and we would go over my progress. Depending on how things went, they would change my meal plan or keep it the same. Either way, after every meeting, I would take my new (or same) meal plan and head straight for the grocery store to get all of the food for prep for the next week. I knew that if I didnt do it then, I wouldn’t do it at all and during the week, I wouldn’t follow my plans. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”
I started to implement all of these little tasks that I learned from my fitness trainers into my professional work life and things started to change drastically.. for the good! The most important thing, however, I started sincerely looking forward to every Monday. I got excited when Sunday night rolled around when I was packing my gym/lunch bag for the next day. I had goals that I wanted to meet and I was determind to meet them! I started to get excited for work too! I started setting goals for myself and planning ahead for the week. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” I saw a night a day difference in my work efficiency. I started to move up the corporate ladder. I became more organized, more dependable, more positive. Why? I had everything planned out because I set the tone of my entire week by doing the RIGHT things every. single. Monday.
My attitude started to reflect in a positive way towards others as well. I used to sit at a front desk and I would see people come in every Monday morning for their morning coffee just complaining about Mondays while shuffling towards the coffee machine. They would say, “Ugh.. it’s Monday.” and I would reply, “Right?? I LOVE it!” They would stop and ask why in the world I love it so much and I would explain that not only does this day fly by because I have so much to accomplish but I love it because I use this day to plan and set a positive tone for the rest of my week. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”
I encourage all of you readers to rethink the next time you are dreading the beginning of your week. Use the start of your week, whether it is Monday or another day, to plan and set a positive tone for the rest of your week. If you are a business owner or any sort of a leader, this will not only affect your business in a positive way, but it will affect you and your employees as well. Let’s get excited about the start of this week!