I love what I do, I’m completely thankful for it, but Mondays are not always the easiest. I spend weekends shooting, or having family time. I’m away from my desk, my to do lists, my task management. I end up having tons of ideas and thoughts stored up after the weekend. My motivation is high, but I have so much I want to accomplish it’s very easy to fall off track on Mondays. It’s overwhelming.
So what do I do? I center myself. Because if I don’t, my Mondays go to heck.
How do I center myself? I wish I could say it was something profound like meditation. It’s totally not. That works for me sometimes, but not on Mondays. I tried, and tried to make that work.
I tried a variety of other “normal” things I read about in blogs and heard about from fellow business owners. Walking, yoga, working out till I sweat, going out to a coffee shop to work, scheduling a networking meeting, waking up super early. I grasped for some magical Monday routine that would center me. Not even taking Mondays off worked! (That is embarrassing.) I struggled. I felt like something must be wrong with me.
One day I got up from the computer after failing to keep focus on Monday, gave up on working, and just drove. I hit the scenic byway, and sang along to very loud music. When I left my office I felt like the biggest slacker ever. When I came back twenty minutes later I felt so much better.
The lesson: Sometimes to get centered you need to let go of what you consider a socially acceptable routine, and do what you can. Even if it makes no sense.
How do you center yourself when coming back to the office after being away? Leave me a note below. I’m curious to know what works for you!