Monday! The worst day out of the week. If you’re not prepared, it will sucker punch you in the gut and take your lunch money just for the fun of it. Not even a “Hang In There” poster with a cute, furry cat could change the miserable mood looming in the beginning of the week. You will become a prisoner of your cubicle or classroom being tortured by the slow ticks of the secondhand on the clock. After waiting an eternity, you’ll look up at the time to realize you’re not even halfway through the day. Once again, Monday has won the battle; but maybe it doesn’t have to win the war.
Today was not a good morning to wake up to. I was planning on sleeping in an extra hour, but that reward was over before it started. It wasn’t even six o’clock when it seemed like a rock n’ roll concert was happening outside my door. First, the newspaper guy was blasting his radio as he drove his beat up car up and down our street. I think the dying muffler really fit well with the music. This was followed by ten delivery trucks zooming by with their noisy engines and screeching brake pads. There isn’t even any stores near my house, what are they doing around here? And the headlining performance had to be the landscapers coming at seven thirty to mow my neighbors lawn. I was already awake before I could even dream about sleeping in.
Even though I wasn’t happy about this early morning surprise, it wasn’t too bad. I was able to take care of a few things and be productive. But my lack of sleep really drained me, and I could feel it in every part of my body. I wanted to keep moving on with my day, but I knew I wouldn’t last. So this is when I decided to take a nap.
Most people are going to read this and think “Well, that is just being lazy. You should have forced yourself to stay up”. But what would have that accomplished. I would have been in a horrible mood, and I wouldn’t be able to put my best effort into what I was doing. After I woke up with more energy, the Monday blues faded into obscurity and I finished everything I had to do for the day. This made me realize that everybody should hit the refresh button once in awhile.
Now, I’m not saying at work you should just decide to fall asleep when you’re in the middle of doing something. But with everything going on in our lives, we need to be able to relax and refocus our energy. I once read that our minds are the fastest and most precious computers we will ever use. So if that’s true, we should take time out to refresh them just like we do when we are surfing the internet.
So next time you are feeling stressed, take a few minutes and do something to clear your mind. Maybe you could go for a walk outside of where you are working. A good five minutes of stretching your legs out and breathing in fresh air will get the blood pumping and energy flowing through your body. Maybe, you could read a new book during your lunch break and this will take away from the monotony of studying notes or filing papers. Either way, there are so many ways to break up the boredom of Mondays and get you rolling into your week. Just like a computer, your mind needs to be refreshed once in awhile to keep it running smoothly.