More likely than not, you have experienced the Monday blues in one way or another. Maybe it resembles the sad, drowsy scrub described above. Maybe not. Perhaps you’ve even experienced the Monday blues on a different day. Individuals who work in retail, for instance, experience their own Monday — the exact day of which is dictated by their work schedule.
Or, perhaps you work seven days a week — in which case, I implore you to take a vacation for the sake of your mental well-being. Everyday is your Monday.
But no matter your lifestyle, your career aspirations, your geographic location, or where your ‘Monday’ actually falls in the workweek, there is an important life lesson to be learned from the Monday blues. For Monday teaches us that our best work will not be achieved immediately after a few days off.
Monday demonstrates the pivotal importance of allowing your brain and body plenty of time to transition from a period of rest to a period of productivity.
Monday shoves us headfirst into the deep-end of the workweek, perhaps before we are mentally ready, and shows us how poorly we can perform in these situations.
Monday provides an opportunity to plan, organize, and prepare for the upcoming week, while blinding us with the glaring reality that we are nowhere near the finish line.
Monday sets us up for failure while stealthily disguised in a mask that claims to want us to succeed. Gasp! Monday is a sham. But if it doesn’t want us to succeed, then who does? That’s right. Friday.
Friday harbors none of the resentment that is so crucial to Monday’s existence. It carries no unattainable expectations, no dreadfully long agendas.
Friday embraces us — it embraces the workplace, the weekend, the world. It greets us with a warm hug and a heartfelt “Congrats, you made it!”
Unlike Monday, Friday presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments. It offers us an invitation to an exclusive, two-day vacation devoid of the stress-inducing mundanities of everyday life. It encourages us to muster up the strength to persevere, despite the obstacles that will inevitably present themselves.
Which is why Friday is far more important than Monday. Friday offers an indispensable opportunity for self-reflection that, while technically could occur any day of the week, most often and most easily occurs on Friday. Oftentimes, it occurs through no conscious effort of the owner, but rather as a product of the circumstances that Friday provides. On Friday, it is the last day of work before a weekend that will likely be overtaken by recreational activities, socializing, and family time. No matter how you spend your time off, it is your time and yours alone. Unless you have children, of course — in which case, your time is theirs. But we are no victims of circumstance — parenting is a choice, one that can be demanding and stressful and wonderful all at the same time, but a choice nonetheless.
In the same way that Friday is a choice. It is a choice to show up on the last day of the week with your precious time off looming right around the corner. It is a choice to devote your time to self-reflection and evaluate your progress thus far. It is a choice to develop self-awareness and commit yourself to improving your weaknesses while humbly acknowledging your strengths. It is a choice to seize the opportunity that Friday presents by merely existing at such a precarious place on the calendar that humans created for themselves, inadvertently presenting themselves with an opportunity for growth.
Today, let Friday be your choice.