Mondays are, traditionally, not everyone’s favourite day of the week. However, I’m quite a fan.
Before I go any further, I want to make it perfectly clear this isn’t some motivational bullshit where I teach you how to love Monday mornings. Don’t worry!
Basically, I’ve recently made some changes that have improved my outlook on the dreaded Mondays which I’ll explain shortly.
But first, when I started thinking about this blog post, I realised I’ve been quite fortunate over the past few years as I’ve never really “hated” Mondays.
Just looking back over the last five years, I spent a fair chunk of that time at uni. And like most uni students, I was only really ever in for the equivalent of a part-time job. Thinking back, I don’t remember too much landing on a Monday morning and even if it did, it wasn’t too hard to drag myself in for as I loved my degree.
I also spent two years as part of the team delivering Hull UK City of Culture 2017 which was an absolute whirlwind. Working on projects such as Radio 1’s Big Weekend and the launch of Hull Comedy Festival, it wasn’t hard to motivate myself on a Sunday evening.
Finally, as a freelancer of two years, I once again find myself doing something I love. I don’t tend to notice Monday’s as a weekly milestone because I work through many weekends. Usually on smaller, passion projects such as The My Journey Podcast and Creative Point. And there’s always some new, exciting project happening each week that keeps me motivated.
But none of this explains why I love Mondays at this particular moment. Possibly more than ever before!
The Problem With Lockdown
During lockdown, there has been a lot of talk about personal development, doubling down on your hobbies and trying new things.
I was in the lucky position of retaining the majority of my clients throughout the crisis, but there was a slight reduction in workload. However, I found I was still working a 5-day week. I felt I was not making the most of this moment in time that many people will look back on as a period they made a real change to their lives.
So, I had a look at my complicated excel plan of work (see the colourful mosaic below) and thought about how I could switch things up to free up some more time. Over the course of a week or so, I kept opening the document and staring at it for 10 minutes to see if anything would jump out at me.
That’s when I thought, "Can I free up a whole day each week?".
By adjusting the monthly deadlines for a couple of clients and streamlining some of my lead-in times, I was able to do it!
The next question was, which day?
At first, I thought about making Friday my free day. But, knowing myself, I knew work would just spillover from the Thursday. So, I made the decision to block out every Monday and not look at my to-do list for the week until I sat down on a Tuesday morning.
It’s highly likely that I won’t be able to keep up this new way of living once the work starts to build up again, but for the time being it’s incredible!
I can honestly say I genuinely love Mondays.
I keep jumping on my emails and dipping into work, but each week I’m trying to focus on something different. This might be a new skill or hobby. I might set myself mini-challenges. Sometimes, it might be needed to do some of those jobs that never get looked at on the business.
The system has only been in place a few weeks and I’ve already looked at ways to build The My Journey Podcast, started a business challenge with a friend and looked into an eCommerce opportunity.
Who knows what the future might hold for Mondays?