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While web workers can have the liberty of selecting their work days, the reluctance to get back into the workweek is a universal feeling. Whether you work from Monday to Friday or have an alternative schedule, you probably understand this feeling. Of course, for the purpose […]

While web workers can have the liberty of selecting their work days, the reluctance to get back into the workweek is a universal feeling. Whether you work from Monday to Friday or have an alternative schedule, you probably understand this feeling. Of course, for the purpose of this article, I’ll assume that readers have a workweek of Monday to Friday, but you can adjust the days depending on your schedule.

So how does one get back into working mode after a relaxing weekend?

Schedule something exciting to do on weekends. Exciting doesn’t necessarily mean whitewater rafting, but any activity that excites you. This could be reading a book, gardening, or even taking a long walk. Personally, I need to schedule something worth doing on the weekends, otherwise I end up sitting on the couch, watching TV, and doing absolutely nothing. To move on from nothing on a Sunday to work on Monday will make the transition difficult.

Do one simple work task on Sunday. Most people prefer a completely work-free weekend, but sometimes doing a simple work task on Sunday can give you the feeling that the workweek is about to start. Usually, I limit the work task to something easy such as email or looking at my blog stats. As long as the total time you spend on these tasks is less than 45 minutes, it won’t make your weekend less fun or relaxing.

Have a light workload on Monday. It depends on the person, but it’s usually hard to start work if you have several overwhelming tasks ahead. This can be intimidating and will lead to work avoidance behavior. Since web workers control their time, they can accomplish this much better than a regular office employee can. Limit your Monday tasks to the essentials, and spread out the extra tasks over the rest of the week, if you can.

Get enough sleep during the workweek. Some people use the weekend to catch up on lost sleep, but some research shows that this was the reason why people found it hard to start work on Mondays. The thing is, if you sleep away during most of the weekend, your body clock adjusts and you experience something similar to jet lag. This makes you feel more sluggish and sleepy during Monday mornings.

Start as early as possible. The later you start work on Monday, the longer your weekend feels and the more motivation you’ll need to get the workweek going. I found that even if I start work one hour earlier than usual during Mondays, this prepares me for the ‘I’m working’ mentality for the rest of the day.

Do you have problems starting your workweek? What do you do to motivate yourself to work on Mondays?

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  1. Tarique Naseem Monday, June 9, 2008

    Great article. What you describe is exactly what I go through every Monday.

    To compound the problem, I actually have a dev meeting with the client at just before midnight on Sundays, (They’re in New Zealand and Hong Kong, and I’m in the UK!)

    I do try and recoup over the weekends, but Monday’s are very tiring as a result! :)

    In the past I have found that if I actually go to bed at a reasonable time during the week, the tiredness is all but gone. I just need to listen to my body a bit more and force myself away from my work!

  2. I recently had a manager switch weekly staff meetings from Monday to Tuesday; this has allowed Monday to be much more a prep/catch up day and has actually made the day more productive as I not only get things done, but also can plan for the rest of the week. I certainly don’t feel overwhelmed on Mondays like I did in the past.

  3. To tell you fact, since i started working as a web worker i have never had a complete weekend. I don’t know why but i feel tempted to work even in weekend. I normally have a 7 day workweek

  4. Katherine T Monday, June 9, 2008

    i share the same issues as tajim. i can’t help but to bleed my work life into my own life. but i find it much easier to get ready for the week with a 30-minute morning workout. (especially on monday mornings!) i feel so much more refreshed and energized.

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  6. One of the ways I’ve found to make it easier for me to get working at the beginning of the week is to wake up early in the morning, everyday. I usually try to wake up at 4:30 or 5am, this way I’m awake just before the sun comes up and there is limited distractions. (Obviously we are web workers so we can always find stuff to do on the internet, but there isn’t anything else to do and since we work on the computer, at least we are sitting at the desk).

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  8. This article describes, to a T, what has become one of my top-5 issues with working solo. Even when I had a full-time job, it was hard getting started on Mondays–now it’s nearly impossible! Thanks for this great article…

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