Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday morning blues

Everybody has problems on Monday morninsg. Beginning of the new week, all unfinished work from the previous week, time wasted during the week end, all the work we wanted to do over the weekend but never did, all come together. On top of it, if you get any new personal or other problems (say flat tire or a minor accident) on Monday morning, it feels like the whole world is out to get you. They say 'black Monday' for a reason. Majority of the heart attacks in the work place are reported to occur between 9 AM and 11 AM on Mondays. You can verify part of this information at - http://www.bluehealthadvantagene.com/information/index.php?contentid=241. It does not state the time window. But, some other source on the internet has that information too. Following is from the above link.


Black Monday Syndrome

More fatal heart attacks occur on Monday than on any other day of the week. Why? It’s called Black Monday syndrome. How could our hearts know what day of the week it is?

You’re feeling trapped — out of control, not challenged and stressed from your job. Fix these and even the phenomenon of Black Monday can be overcome, although the so-called solution to fixing stress is not that simple. Stress-causing conditions at work and at home can contribute to your overall sense of loss of control.


A quotation comes to mind - "Everybody has problems on Monday mornings. Smart people also have Monday morning problems but they are working on next Monday morning's problems."

This quotation was said with respect to project managers. But, I think anybody can relate to that. Only way to avoid monday morning blues is to plan ahead and get work done well in advance. If we use Fridays and if required Thursdays well to plan for the next week or at least part of next week, we can avoid many problems on Monday. One effective way is to block out time on your calendar on every Thursday and Friday to plan your next week. If required, plan to do some work over the weekend so that you can start Monday in as relaxed mode as possible.


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