Manic Monday

Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Lamentations 3:22-23
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great isYour faithfulness.

Freshening Things Up
I will be honest with you, right off the bat I will come out and say it, I am certain I may never understand why most people do not like Monday. It is such a beautiful day of the week. Here are a few reasons why I like Monday:

1) It is the first day of a work week. That is why I prefer the notion of Thank God It’s Monday over any other day.
2) It comes after the weekend, so the adventure of an enjoyable weekend crosses over into work.
3) You have something to look forward to as the weekend progresses, leaving you excited throughout the week and weekend!
4) You wait fewer days for Monday than you do Friday
5) It introduces a new week and thus a fresh start to everything.
6) With a positive mindset, you are never feeling blue.
7) There are quite a number of customs that can be created:
a) Makeover Monday
b) Motivation Monday
c) Magic Moment Monday
d) Music Making Monday
e) Movie Review Monday
Alright I admit, I made up some of those, but they can be great ideas to help maintain certain routines. I am more than well aware that the pessimists out there are thinking along the lines of Moody Monday, but if you had a bad day you can still choose how you want your week to go. The events may disappoint you if they do not seem exciting, however, you can decide to tackle them with a positive attitude and see what the outcome turns out ti be like.

The Bangles’ View
I have recently started this tradition of listening to the song Manic Monday by The Bangles just to serve as a fresh reminder of a brand new week. The funny thing is that it more-or-less focuses on the negative aspects of Monday, not completely, but to some degree. The one line I have a particular fascination for is (referring to Sunday) My I don’t have to run day. As many of you who have been following along with my posts know, I really enjoy running and while Friday and Saturday are also days I rest and recover, I ensure that the entire weekend is reserved for fun activities. I love how they make it sound as though the entertainment is ruined by the presence of the day. Suddenly they are not sure what to think or do now that they know it is Monday. Regardless of this, despite their dislike for the day, they manage to maintain some kind of affirmative outlook, something we should all aspire to achieve.

The Cross-Over
The thing I find interesting is how people have their minds all over the place as soon as they hear or realize it is Monday. No doubt some would argue that the weekend is too short, while others are of the belief and in favour of the opposite. I think that due to the fact that the weekend is short-whether they know it or not-most people overdo it. It could be the big adventure of heading into the vast landscapes, camping, hiking and enjoying the nature; the intense and fast-paced city life with bright lights and party vibes all over the place, or time at home filled with the mental strain that comes from figuring out a way to make the weekend bearable. All these have their advantages when considering how the week went. It is not advisable for a workaholic to party hard over the weekend but rather gain as much rest as possible to establish balance in the life they lead. In the same way those doing little work or effortlessly complete their projects should consider some measure of amplified amusement, especially if they are introverts, at least that is my take on it.

One thing is for sure, no one supports the idea of work kicking off after the weekend, but what if everyone chose to make the most of their Monday? How amazing would it be if they ended the weekend fully mentally prepared for Monday? I especially want to challenge those who bury themselves deep into the world they create with their words: The Monday Blues. Your attitude at the beginning of a task determines its outcome more than anything else, and if this is true for general tasks, what about the effect it has on days of the week? I believe that is something noteworthy to think about. It may be just ,me but I am confident that in spite of everything the day may bring forth, the result depends and hinges on what we speak into the day as soon as we get up. I encourage you, experiment with it. Declare everyday an excellent day, even if the activities and events are dull and boring, test the limits of your creativity. In the end, you decide how you feel about how your day goes, might as well make it awesome.

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10 Ways To Make Everyday A Good Day

1) Schedule at least 30mins for prayer, Bible reading or worship. That is important because strengthening your spiritual muscles actually makes an impact on howyou handle day turns out!

2) Be an encouragement to anyoneYour immediate and extended family. Your friends. Your boss. Your coworkers. Visitors. A stranger. Children. Try make someone’s day. A genuine compliment, a helping hand, whatever you can, any way you can.

3) Do some form of exercise. Whether that’s walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, power-walking, pull ups, sit-ups, push ups or anything at the gym. It can be 15mins-45mins. Be sure to do one of these at some point in the day.

4) Write down your small achievementsEven if you’re a people person and big time extrovert and believe that writing is more for task-oriented people. How do you get the groceries when power-shopping? Write the small but very significant things. Those will be the things that make you feel good like getting dishes done, making meetings on time, having your room cleaned etc. Write them on a notepad or your cell phone or tablet. as long as it’s something you can carry with you.

5) Plan at least one thing to do in case you get bored. Let it be something that will actually trigger something in you. A deep poem. A good joke with friends. Someone’s blog. Brainstorm business ideas.

6) Practice your craft for at least an hourDon’t know what you’re good at? Read the post I wrote called 10 ways on how to discover your talent part 1.

7) Decide to make the most of the day. That’s where every good day ultimately starts! A firm decision in the beginning affects the choices made in the end. Have a positive outlook on the day itself. Think the opposite of every negative thought that comes to mind.

8) Expect the unexpected. Mostly because you owe it to yourself to actually have a good day! You are responsible for how your day turns out. Be the best you can be in everything you do. Set goals and review them regularly, especially during the really tough times like losing a loved one, meetings gone bad, misunderstanding with a spouse or partner etc. It helps keep your mind focused on being as productive as you can with the time you have.

9) Hang out with someone. Or a group of people. Plan who you will spend time with each day. It can even be a 15min meeting with a special friend, best friend, close friend or anyone else if you usually have busy days. Or simply express your gratitude to those you work with and for if most of your time is spent at work.

10) Make home a fun placeAfter all that’s what it’s supposed to be! Great place to relax and cool off after work. Even better to be on your day off. If most of your days are spent at home, then get some friends to come over. Plan anything from tea party to video game competitions, book club etc. If you’re by yourself most of the time then follow steps 3-6. Put together a playlist and enjoy it.