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The Possibilities of Mondays

For the past 20 months or so, Mondays don’t instill dread the same way they do more most 9-to-5ers. Instead of that Sunday Night Feeling, I get a frisson of hope for the week ahead. It’s a new leaf. A new start. A chance to do things right this week. Never one to start in the middle, I am no good at making changes mid-week, so Mondays are when I try new things. Mondays are when I think of all the things I want to accomplish and since it’s the beginning of the week, it all seems so achievable and I have not failed at getting things done (yet!).

In a few weeks, I am sure this will all change. I will be working / studying full-time and I won’t have the luxury of naptime-quiet hours to blog, read, tidy, watch TV etc. etc. I will have a lot less time and a lot more to do. It’s a daunting thought. Don’t get me wrong, I am really excited about starting my course; but I am also aware of how my life is about to be turned upside down.

It has never been more important for me to live intentionally, using my precious time in the best way possible. I want our house to be uncluttered and easy to keep. I want to cut out all the mental clutter of pointless worries. I want to live a simple, happy life in spite of the excessive workload and stressful new career. I was thinking last night about this blog and about my post categories, wondering if the simple category was something I could write about once I start my course. I almost thought of it as an indulgence that I have been lucky enough to tackle with having so much time at home.

This morning, as I wrote out my day’s tasks, I realised it is more important that ever that I keep my eye on the simple goals I have set. I need to refocus on what is really important so that I have the best chance of being successful (and sane) come September onwards.

116 thoughts on “The Possibilities of Mondays”

  1. I was almost discouraged to read your post considering it contains that notorious word ‘Monday’. But now that it’s Wednesday I’m feeling a lot better about life and so I decided to open your post and I’m glad I did. Good luck for your impending course.

  2. well i’ve always hated mondays for the main purpose that it proceeds the always long awaited wkend. i found that 90% of people feels the same way as i do, so thank goodness i found this entry of urs. great way of looking at it.=)

    1. Thanks! I love the beginnings of things and the neatness of a new week. It is much better than just mourning the end of a weekend.

  3. I’ve always felt this way about things like Mondays, and the start of new terms or semesters. And I definitely understand the feeling of wanting to make the most of your time! I pretty much do the same thing, and often at the beginning of a week will think to myself that I’m going to be more productive in my free time rather than just collapsing at the end of the day. Good luck with keeping it all balanced!

    1. Thanks and you too! I never manage to do all that I want to do (sometimes not even close) but every Monday, I get a second chance.

  4. You are much more optimistic than I am when it comes to Monday. I just blogged about feeling the exact opposite about this, my least favourite day of the week. I am glad it has a different meaning for you and I hope that doesn’t change. Good luck!

    1. And I remember how much I used to hate Mondays (and that may well return) but for now, it’s nice to have a different outlook.

  5. You have me thinking of all the years my work schedule has been out of synch with the masses. Having Mondays off, or else going in for the second shift rather than first thing in the morning, was often a blessing. It meant I could take the car in for service or make a medical appointment or go for a hike or to the beach without having to fight the crush of the weekend or lunchtime rush.
    Of course, it also meant no social gatherings on Saturday and so on. Seems there’s always a tradeoff.
    Still, if you get an opportunity somewhere down the road to apply such a schedule, consider it.
    In the meantime, stay focused and alert. Best wishes.

  6. Great post! I used to be a “Monday hater” but eventually realized that Monday didn’t much care what I thought about it! So, instead of wasting precious energy on hating Monday I decided to enjoy it as much as any other day. Turns out Monday is a great day!

  7. If you start Monday in a negative mood the rest of the week isn’t likely to get any better. Start Monday with a positive outlook and suddenly the world is a brighter place 😀

    1. Thanks so much and good luck with the de-cluttering. I think it’s an ongoing process for me but every change makes such a difference.

  8. This is a lovely way to set your intention for the week ahead. To be looking forward with sanity rather than chaos and confusion and angst seems to much more pleasant. Very nicely written. Congrats on the Freshly Pressed!
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  9. Really inspiring! I have heard a lot about Monday being the worst day of the week and all that stuff! This will be the first time I am hearing someone taking Monday as a very good day. And I absolutely love the thought of a new week without any mistakes and trying new stuff. I loved this post! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! Hope you have a wonderful and NEW week ahead! 😀

  10. Same line of thought. Sunday nights are always nights I plan an idealised week ahead; promises I that I know I’ll break anyway. Am still trying to deal with being “focused”. I enjoyed the post. Keep sharing 🙂

    1. I love that we are totally in charge of this too; it’s our choice to change our mindset. We are in control! There is so much that we can’t control, we should take all the opportunities we can to improve our outlook.

  11. Excellent post. I love that you said you want to focus on your goals – that’s what I do to live meaningfully. I made a big list of goals at the beginning of the summer (I’m a University student) and those goals are what help to keep me focused. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good beach day, but I also enjoy doing things with an end goal in mind. This way, when the summer is over, I won’t feel as if I have squandered it with late nights watching movies and sleeping in. Good luck with your course and write down your goals; it will help you to focus!

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    1. Thanks for the advice; I have started by making some goals here but I think I need some ones for the summer to stay on track.

  12. Mondays are not that bad! I also think it’s a new week that you can start anyway you’d like. Yet, almost every Monday somebody complains and blames their bad day on Monday. Monday’s can’t be that bad! I think it’s all in how we think of it and what we make of it. Loved your post.

  13. Yes indeed. Being mindful of the present is so important, even if the present happens to be a Monday. I especially like that you understand yourself enough to know that you like starting things at the beginning of the week. Very nice bog. Keep it up!

    For tips on mindfulness and parenting, check out my blog–hope to see a comment from you.

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  14. Monday is just another day among the days. During weeks I’ve noticed that the worst days I’ve had, have been Tuesdays. I wonder why?

  15. I used to hate Mondays.Now, I don’t hate any day. Mondays are the reason I love Sundays. 🙂

  16. Actually, you will have exactly the sane amount of time 🙂 you’ll just have too maximize each moment

    1. That’s true – I’ll just have a lot more to do in the same amount of time. And I will have to watch less TV 😉

  17. Great post! I have always looked at Mondays as a new start – a time to re-evaluate what I can possibly achieve that week and put some goals in place. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed – Pam @ AKP

  18. ~ Me too… diets, healthier living, getting back into running, it always starts on a Monday ~

      1. Agreed… love what you’re up to and congrats on being freshly pressed! YAY…

  19. I’ve definitely never been a fan of Mondays, but you make a good point. They’re the beginning of a new week, a time for a fresh start. Thank you!

  20. Kate, are you ‘wisemamma? (if so) I hope you won’t take this the wrong way but as a mother of sons and grandmother of grandsons (and granddaughters) I like empowerment of the genders to be equal. Doesn’t seem to be the case these days.

  21. Nice post. I don’t know if its the same way, but i do really like mondays, even if I used to be a “Monday hater” as well. Now I feel motivated and full of energy somehow. But I’m afraid this feeling may change quite soon.. I will try to remind all this words.

    1. I hope it doesn’t change for you – it makes the week so much nicer to start if you are feeling up rather than down.

  22. For me, Monday’s aren’t so bad. I have never been a 9-5’er in my career and I consider myself lucky. Though I do put in well over 40 hours over six days, I love what I do and I think that makes all the difference. I manage to choose my priorities of my house chores/loves as they come. Having said that, I do like what you say about de cluttering. Life, “things”, emotions etc. It is something I am slowly working on myself. Thank you for a great post! I wish you only good things as you go.

  23. Thank you for sharing your vision. I would love to take your thoughts into actions in my own life and I want to do it NOW! 🙂

  24. Sometimes you do just have to concentrate on simple goals so that you do not get overwhelmed. Many times when people get overwhelmed, they shut down and do nothing at all. It is also extremely important to be cognizant of what really mattters. So often we lose sight of this and need to adjust our perspective. When things don’t go just right, ask yourself, “Will this matter next month, next week, or even tomorrow?” Terrific post!

    1. I have definitely been in that camp, where all the many things overwhelm me to the point of inactivity. Making our family purpose statement was a great way of keeping focus on what really matters.

  25. Hi Kate, I find Sundays even more important than Mondays. I need to make sure to not do much on Sunday and go to sleep early. If I mess up Sunday by exhausting myself, my whole week, including Monday, is shot.

    1. Ah, good ole hump day. The weekend is a distant memory and the upcoming weekend is still far away. Wednesdays are definitely a funny day.

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