Five ways to stop Mondayitis and have more fun at work

MONDAYITIS. It's not an uncommon sensation for us to fall asleep on Sunday evening having pre-programmed the following day to be one of caffeinated drudgery and brute force. Can we turn this around? Is there a way to ease into the week with more positivity and even a sense of fun?

For most of us, the answer is yes. Here are five tips for transforming your dread into energised and positive anticipation:

1. Acknowledge the good stuff

One of the most powerful tools we have to play with is gratitude. It's so easy to get lost in the grey clouds of what's not working well in life, that we can lose track of what is actually quite awesome. Take a quiet moment Sunday evening to think about all the wonderful parts of your life, simple things that are working well. Notice the amazing shift in your energy as you take your head to that sunny place. Return to it whenever you need a lift. Sometimes a frequent focus on the good stuff allows the "not so great" to begin to take care of itself.

2. Have intention: Envision, Enable, Enact

Without a clear view of what we want our week to look and feel like, it will simply happen to us. Being a powerless ride-along is not something any of us ever intended to allow. Instead, try this: become the director of your own movie and begin to see your week, as you want it to be, clearly and in detail. If you can imagination it, it can become real. Next, enable yourself to begin to work toward this vision by giving yourself permission to over-ride any disbelieving inner voice that may try to hold you to your old familiar ways of thinking about work. Finally enact your vision by energising yourself to live what you've envisioned. Step into the new week as the new you.

3. Ramp up your fun-factor

It's easy to become serious and almost mechanical when work and home life are hectic. Everything needs to be accomplished so quickly and the stress builds. Our "light and easy" side is the first to go, so let's revitalise it. Start by giving yourself permission to have fun even though you're busy. Each morning when you wake up commit to "having fun today". Mindfully leave the more serious you behind as you walk into work. Having fun doesn't mean we'll be less professional, less conscientious or less productive. In fact just the opposite is true. Research shows that we perform at our best when relaxed, confident, and at ease.

4. Manage your mindset

Have you noticed that the way your day turns out tends to fall in line with your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs on that day? If you dread going to work in the morning it'll probably feel like a long heavy day. If you envision a day of fun and high-energy, that notion stands a good chance of fulfilling itself. Managing our mindset means making strategic selections as to what we choose to think to produce the positive, feel-good, and rewarding outcomes that we prefer. Author Mike Dooley is quoted as saying "Thoughts become things, so choose the good ones".

5. Think 'balance'

Our happiness comes from within. Being at ease with "you", loving others and exercising purpose and passion is what drives a fulfilling life, much more so than money. If work begins to feel like drudgery, the big picture ingredients of your life may have moved out of whack. Try rethinking priorities to make sure that your non-working hours are nurturing you.

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