Look, Monday Energy is Positive

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Understanding your sleep pattern

It strongly depends on what kind of sleep cycle you follow. And based on this article on chronotypes, you will broadly fall in any one of these four categories:

  • Lions are the 4 AM risers, they wake up before sunrise and are ready to crush the day before anyone. They are generally the earliest ones at work too.
  • Bears are the 7 AM ones, roughly half the world’s population.
  • Wolves are the real night owls, and [usually] have a tribe with whom they spend their most productive hours.
  • Dolphins are frequently diagnosed with insomnia because they have trouble calming their mind before sleep time.

Understanding your sleep pattern will change the way you thrive every day. Doing it every Monday consciously, that will just give you a straight head start to crush the day, and if repeated in the long term, your brain will carry that behaviour throughout the entire week without considering it as a duty or an obligation in a to-do list.

It all starts the night before

Since your Monday mood affects the entire week, the former is itself affected by how you end your Sunday. The second half of Sunday is just ruined by this thought, “Man this weekend is too fast. Tomorrow is Monday again!”

If you do even one productive activity on Sunday, it will feel like a stretch. You will realise you have accomplished something. It will just require an average of one hour to reflect on the entire past week and what steps you can take to crush the coming week.

Why there is a need to change it?

Monday mood can prepare you for the entire week. Especially when it starts gloomy, it drags you through the fifth of the week and when we have just passed out from the Friday party, weekend flies faster than time.

Time flies when you enjoy the activity. We don’t care how fast it is moving. We just cherish the moments and strive to get the best out of it.

And desperately waiting for Friday only makes sense when you loathe your job.

What can you do change it?

Ruling Mondays is a different kind of achievement. And like all other successes, the most crucial trigger is in believing that you can do it.

Breaking the stereotypes is what we all want to do, but at the same time, we are scared of the outcomes too, whether it will be a success or not, whether it’ll be worth the time or not.

It leads to overthinking, too much researching and over-planning. Combine these three traits and what you have is delayed deadline and lagging schedule.

Killing procrastination is not entirely possible because you will always be missing out on something, something you postponed for the future because of the work you chose to do at present. But living in the present moment and appreciating it is the trade-off that you will gratify in the long run.

I will share how long it took to convert my Mondays into the best day of every week: around two months. And what kept me going all this time? Belief, consistency, experimenting and tracking my habits in the long term.

Tracking sounds heavy when asked to follow, but it merely settles down to what method seems most natural to you. For me, seeing my progress first thing in the morning or updating it the last thing before bed gives an idea of how I am planning every day.

Monday has a history of bad raps, don’t fall for the trap.

Experimenting for yourself and then judging your actions builds trust in the process-oriented methodology. It is a gift of enjoying the journey.

Since my college days, Monday terrified me. If there is an early morning class on Monday, then there are high chances we are skipping two things: lecture and breakfast both. Yes, the morning bed has that gravity! We had the entire Saturday and Sunday for ourselves, and the same lethargy crept to the professional life also.

If you are anyone whose working hours are from Monday through Friday, Friday night is better than any moment of the weekend. Friday night is the time you release the stress from work, go out instantly wherever you plan. Saturday and Sunday pass like air, and bam! You are wearing office attire again.

To make sure that you don’t desperately wait for Friday and blast off the time as soon as you start partying, take some time to improve your Monday. One day can light up your week, and cumulative efforts will show positive results in the long run.

This article belongs to a series of articles I am publishing in this 21-day streak. See the first one here. This one is the thirteenth one — eight more to go.

To read the remaining ones, navigate to the end of the first article where there is a reference list sorted by day number.

~ Sanjeev

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Writer • Mentor • Recovering Shopaholic • IITR 2019 • ✍🏼 Personal Growth, Positive Psychology & Lifelong Learning• IG: sanjeevai • List: sanjeevai.ck.page

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Sanjeev Yadav

Sanjeev Yadav

Writer • Mentor • Recovering Shopaholic • IITR 2019 • ✍🏼 Personal Growth, Positive Psychology & Lifelong Learning• IG: sanjeevai • List: sanjeevai.ck.page

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