TGIM > TGIF

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mondays get a bad rap. The propensity to hate Mondays is culturally engrained, but I've found that rejecting the TGIF idea has been a far better way to go. Several years ago, I did a series here on Think Splendid on Mondays to help people get motivated for the week ahead and it was one of the most popular I've ever done.

A few years ago, I spoke at a conference for private club catering professionals. While listening to wedding planner Mindy Weiss' presentation later the same day, she mentioned that every Monday she gets up excited about her job, no matter how much she may have hated it over the weekend. This is a great reminder that Mondays can be magical, if you let them. Here are some of my favorite things about Mondays:

*Mondays are a fresh slate, clean start. Every week you get a chance to start fresh, try new ideas, dream bigger, do better work. Yes, you can technically do this each morning, but sometimes that pace can be a bit overwhelming. Mondays provide a nice, clean, manageable break in time.

*Loving Mondays is a great reminder of how lucky a person is to be doing work they love. If you hate them, they're a great reminder that it's not too late to start figuring out what it is you'd rather be doing and start working towards doing that. If you hate Mondays, figure out a way to redesign your career and life so that you love them.

*Some of the most successful people I know love Mondays. Some of the kindest people I know also love Mondays. I don't believe those things have to be mutually exclusive.

Originally published September 2012

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