WORKPLACE / OCT. 09, 2013
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How to be an Irritatingly Happy Camper on a Monday Morning

It's Sunday evening, and you've got work tomorrow. As the evening wears on, you find yourself feeling an increasing sense of dread about heading to the office. On Monday morning, you wake up feeling so exhausted that no amount of caffeine is going to help. Rushing around trying to find your wallet, phone and keys, you then find yourself stuck in rush hour traffic. By the time you are sitting at your desk, you feel like you've already done a day's work! The day ahead appears fraught with difficulty, and your boss is already on the war-path. You wonder why Friday feels years away, and find yourself feeling utterly weighed down by the week ahead. Glancing over at your irritatingly happy colleague, you wonder how she does it: she's always chirpy, positive and productive. Of course, at the same time, you're also having evil thoughts that involve wiping that smug smile off her face! But before you take any drastic action, take a look at these tips that will have you smiling as irritatingly as your colleague on a Monday morning!

  1. Do a job you like

    This is not always easy, particularly in the current economic climate. However, you will benefit greatly if you enjoy what you do, and be more productive at the same time. Take on some part time study to help you get the job you really want; or speak to your boss about using some of your untapped skills. This will help to broaden your horizons and give you a greater sense of purpose.

  2. Don't lie in at the weekends

    Of course you have to have a social life, and of course a night out on a Friday or Saturday night will help you to let off steam. However, getting up within an hour of your usual weekday time will help to ensure that your body clock is not knocked out of kilter. This is a direct contributor to that exhausted Monday morning feeling.

  3. Don't drink your own weight in alcohol

    Many people enjoy a drink at the weekends, but make sure you don't overdo it. If you do, a physical and mental hangover will preside at the beginning of your week, and everything will be that much harder to cope with. Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft ones, and eat a decent meal before you start or during your drinking.

  4. Get an early night

    Even if you can't get to sleep as early as you'd like, if you're in bed with your favourite book, you're still resting yourself. This will make all the difference in the morning.

  5. Get organised

    Before you leave work on a Friday, make a list of important tasks that need to be completed the following week and allocate times according to how important they are. On a Sunday evening, lay out everything you need for the next day. Allocate yourself a schedule depending on what you need to do in the morning, including the journey to work. Get in a few minutes early, so you have time to reflect on the day ahead before you get to work. This will help you to feel much more in control and ready to cope with whatever the day throws at you.

The Monday blues aren't inevitable, but you don't have to submit to misery. Taking control will mean you are happier and better at your job. What's not to like about that?!

 

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