Monday as a Measure

Steve over at Nerd Fitness wrote a great post last Monday entitled Always Dominate Monday:

I challenge you today to start looking at Mondays differently.

It’s not the start of a long week. It’s not the worst day of the week.

Monday is the most important day of the week, so do it right:

  • Plan out your meals for Monday on Sunday night. Where, when, and what will you eat? Can you prepare any of that the night before?
  • Plan out your workouts for the week, and put them in your calendar. How many sets, reps, what time, and where. GET SPECIFIC!
  • Put your alarm clock across the room. Set it for the correct time you need to wake up, and when it goes off, GET UP.
  • Get to the office on time, and get through one important task before checking email.

The whole post is a great read, and a great way to get motivated to tackle your Monday. I’ve always tried to approach Monday as if it was the most important day of the week. A great Monday sets the tone for the week. I know that if I’m not excited for Monday then it’s a red flag that something is wrong. When I was working at my engineering job, I slowly started to become lackadaisical towards Monday’s and eventually ended up despising the end of the weekend.

In many ways, Monday is a measure of how satisfied you are at your job. Way back in like 2007 when we had SEO clients, I remember asking one of our clients who ran a real estate seminar about his traffic patterns. He told me that “obviously Monday’s are our busiest day of traffic and sales.” Somewhat confused, I asked why. He told me “because that’s the day that most people hate their jobs the most and are looking for an alternative career.” I never saw any data confirming this, but it made sense so I’ve always sort of accepted it as true. Since then I’ve always tried to observe how people approach their Monday’s. It’s truly fascinating.

I also think that this applies to your business. How does the company approach Monday’s? Does everyone trickle in 15 minutes late or is everyone on time? Does it take you until Tuesday afternoon until you answer emails and phone calls from over the weekend, or do you get them all done before noon? We have all of our employees start early on Monday’s. Everyone comes in at 7 AM to get a jump start on work that’s accumulated from the weekend. We always get every order out that’s placed between Friday evening and noon on Monday…and our pickup is around 3 PM. Our inbox is generally empty before 10 AM. We start every week ahead of the game instead of one step behind.

2 comments on Monday as a Measure

  1. Rob says:

    It’s interesting that you’ve posted this as I’ve been having very similar thoughts myself recently.

    Over the past couple of months there have been a few occasions where I’ve had to work the whole weekend and so have taken a quiet day on Monday to get personal things done. It really screws things up, setting me back for the entire week. I end up feeling behind constantly, swinging wildly between trying to decide if I’m best off writing the whole day/week off and working until 10pm so that I feel on top of things. To add to this, I worry that I’m providing a bad service to customers who submit orders/queries over the weekend that I don’t then get to until Tuesday.

    Monday needs to be taken seriously.

    • Adam McFarland says:

      Monday needs to be taken seriously.

      Haha that’s probably a better title for the post.

      I agree with everything you’re saying Rob…but you gotta have some time off too! I’ve done the same thing a few times recently (last weekend actually) where I’ve worked extra hard over the weekend and then taken Monday as a light work day. It’s not ideal, but sometimes you have to protect your sanity over your productivity 🙂

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