It’s Monday—my least favorite day of the week. As Garfield would say, ‘I hate Mondays’ and let’s be honest it’s for good reason (he’d also say he loves lasagna, but that’s completely unrelated to today’s post—plus, I just had some yogurt so dinner is far away from my mind). It isn’t the fact that the wonderful weekend of relaxing and excessive video game playing is over (I can certainly pick that up after work), but something about Monday that leaves a perpetual dark cloud over your head. For me, Monday forces me to:
- Reevaluate my life, check to see if I overlooked unfulfilled goals
- Count the hours until it’s over
- Feel envious of friends who do not work Mondays (except for my unemployed friends, I do not have an ounce of envy for you—I’m sorry)
- Obsessively check my horoscope to see how my week may go (which today’s suggested I work more, play less—which makes my inner gremlin a little angry)
For all the years I’ve been employed, I had to look deeper in my hate for Monday, other than the above. For one thing, even if you have an amazing job, Monday is for catching up on work and absolutely nothing eventful happens. Even the work gossip is stale. Also, a bad Monday may be an omen of the rest of the week (or perhaps that’s just Monday paranoia—though there are 52 Mondays in 2015 which means 52 chances your entire week may be ruined because the events of a Monday—just sayin’).
This brings me to an article I read a while back regarding work structures around the globe (Oh-Netherlands and your four-day work week, I couldn’t be more jealous of you) and if we stopped working Mondays, would another day just replace the hate? Probably.
So why is this even worth writing about? Other than to vent, its how we can use Monday’s as writers that can impact our work. My suggestion? If you can creatively write and achieve a hell of lot on a Monday, then cheers to you! If you can’t, you are already in a planning mindset so you mine as well make Monday your research and planning day because you don’t build a car without knowing all the parts. Whether your editing old manuscripts, reading some subjects related to a current project or planning out the project itself, Monday can come in handy.