If you get the Monday morning work blues and sit at work counting the hours until it’s home time, read on.
Treat yourself on Sunday evenings and Monday mornings
‘My Monday feel-good strategy is to buy myself a treat on the way to work, like a muffin or a magazine,’ says Helen, 29, a sales manager.
Pack your bag and plan your outfit for Monday on Sunday morning, when you’re feeling rested and energised, to avoid Monday morning panic or Sunday evening gloom.
Change how and where you work
If office life is getting you down, why not ask your employer if you can work from home, or set up your own business working from home? South African companies have been slow to catch on to this international trend, but more employers are open to this work ethic.
In a local survey conducted by independent research house Coleman Parkes, it was revealed that more than 40% of employees and directors surveyed reported an improvement in personal performance when a mobile working model was in place.
Avoid the morning rush
- Take time to laugh, relax and do something positive before your working day begins.
- Get up 30 minutes earlier and start your day at a slower pace.
It’s up to you how you use the extra time, but quality time spent pampering yourself, playing with your kids or just enjoying a quiet cup of tea is guaranteed to help put you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead and will help avoid the Monday morning work blues.
Join a lift club
Not only will you be supporting the effort to alleviate our congested roads and do your bit for the environment, but you’ll also have some free time every other week during which you can read or take a power nap on your way into the office. Post a message on your company’s intranet or message boards to find colleagues who live in your area.
Did you know?
There is now an official explanation for your reluctance to get out of bed on a chilly winter’s morning. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a depressive disorder that occurs only during winter in people who have normal mental conditions during the rest of the year. Symptoms of SAD include depression, melancholy and anxiety.
A major change in energy levels and decreased productivity is also associated with SAD. And women are three times more likely than men to suffer from it. Shorter days, fewer daylight hours and bouts of colds and flu can bring it on. Getting more sunlight is an effective means of combating SAD.
- If feng shui fans are to be believed, the way your desk is laid out could be robbing you of vital energy.
- Choose a computer background that suits the way you want to feel: purple and lilac shades calm the mind, green helps you relax, yellow promotes happiness, black opens the mind to decision-making.
- Avoid clutter — it saps your energy. Make sure everything on your desk has its place.
Sharing isn’t necessarily caring
Sharing with your colleagues can be good for office morale, but there are some things that are best left unsaid. Hot topics to avoid:
- Family issues — like problems with your partner or mother-in-law — might cause your colleagues and boss to wonder if all your woes are distracting you from doing your work effectively.
- Don’t carry on about your career aspirations and how you were meant for better things — it won’t do anything to affirm your commitment and loyalty to your current employer. If you want to climb the corporate ladder, show your dedication by always exceeding expectations.
- Constantly harping on about your health concerns will only alienate you from your boss and colleagues, and you’ll end up being labelled the office hypochondriac.
Shake things up
Maybe your Monday morning work blues are a sign of something else. If you think you might be happier in a different job, don’t be scared to put yourself out there. We’ve got advice on how to get promoted and tips on how to turn your hobby into a business.