It is often hard to get going on a Monday morning. The commute might have been hell with over running road works or delays on your train. You might be tired, have a hangover, or you might have had the best weekend ever and are suffering from post weekend blues.
But don’t take it our on your colleagues at work. Try these 10 tips to make Mondays better for yourself, and your colleagues:
- Listen to energising music on the way in to work. Choose music that lifts your spirits and makes you feel great. Don’t turn the volume up too high if you’re in a train though. You may ruin someone else’s day
- Wave and smile thanks to others. if someone lets you in at a traffic queue, smile and wave your appreciation. Even if you don’t feel like it, smile. You will lift your own spirits with your fake smile, as well as others.
- Be positive. Say a cheery good morning to folks as you go into the office. Ask how they are. If someone asks how you are, don’t just say ok. Try to think of something cheery to say in response. You might lift their spirits too
- Ignore negativity. Don’t let someone else’s bad day become your own. Remember, it is not your problem. Stay cheery and ignore the grumps.
- Do your most productive tasks first. You’ll do them quicker and the day’s jobs will seem less onerous. Do the jobs you like and you will be in a better mood to do the jobs you don’t like.
- Remember why you are there. You work to achieve your financial goals, security, to go on better holidays, to change the world in some way or to help people out. Whatever your drive is, do it with gusto and remember, your work helps you achieve what you really want from life.
- Don’t work too long at work. Working all hours of the day or night tires you out and makes you miserable. You’re home life will suffer and your productivity will go down. Work can get along just fine without you. You are not indispensible.
- Keep things in perspective. A problem at work is not your problem entirely, no matter how much a grumpy boss tries to tell you it is.
- Remember it is your job, not your life. Try to keep a balance between the two and don’t let work get you down.
- Enjoy yourself. the day will go faster and it will be Tuesday before you know it!
Eileen is a social business strategist, ZDNet columnist and author of Working The Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business. Contact her to find out how she can help your business extend its reach.