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What is it about Monday mornings? So dreaded that there are multiple songs about how much we don’t like Mondays. “A case of the Mondays” is a cliche we’ve all heard to describe that blah, drab, “I don’t wanna go to work” feeling.
So here’s a radical question dear solo:
Why are you working on Mondays? Seriously. Why?
One of the beautiful benefits of having your own business is that you can set your own hours. There is probably no external force demanding that you work on Mondays. If there is any force, its likely an internal one making you believe that you must work 9-5 hours even though a more desirable work schedule is one of the reasons that you escaped that big firm. Even litigators, whose schedules are often determined by the courts, can sometimes obtain desirable court dates for many of their cases. Furthermore, us lawyer- entrepreneurs often work at unconventional times – so it makes sense that we would not work during some conventional times.
For example, over this past weekend, I decided to work Saturday morning. I also worked on Sunday afternoon for about an hour or so. Monday morning, I woke up early but didn’t feel like diving into responding to emails, making calls or client work or doing any of my other typical Monday morning tasks. I looked at my calendar and saw that I had no appointments so I thought, why not take the morning off? What’s stopping me? There’s nothing urgent due for any of my clients or projects.
So I decided to enjoy my Monday morning in a relaxing way.
What to Do with Your Monday Instead
Exercise. Go to the gym or better yet, go for a hike. Make a big breakfast. Meet a friend or family member for a long lunch. Spend time with your kiddies. Or spend time with yourself. Work on a side project or a future-building project.
Want to know what I did? I had an impromptu dance party with my baby girl, cooked breakfast, rearranged my living room furniture (this was a lot of fun – believe it or not), did a load of laundry and watched an episode of Kitchen Nightmares (I love Gordon Ramsay!). I also got inspired and wound up writing this blog post as well as reworking the content for my Virtual Law Office Teleclass. And late in the afternoon, I did get some routine work done as well.
It was a fabulous day. I recharged my batteries and actually did a lot of productive and creative work outside of the client, day-to-day stuff.
Now, I’m fairly certain that there will be plenty of Mondays that I’ll be working hard. But whenever I can, I intend to make Monday mornings a time to work on the big projects and spend time having fun to recharge.
Do you need to reclaim your Monday morning? When is the last time you took some “conventional” time off?
Note: This post was inspired by my friend, Emily Ho, who questioned the Monday morning drudgery on Facebook.
Photo by Manuel Gonzalez Noriega.
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