What to do with Monday anxiety
Are you like me and you find that a Monday easily runs away with you? It does not matter how much I work my mind to stay focused and calm on a Sunday evening and a Monday morning, before I can catch my breath on a Monday, I find myself running at top speed on my hamster wheel. And by evening time, I pack up my bag, get in my car, drive home in more traffic than any other day and I realize…. I am not alone. The drivers in the other cars look just like me. Out of breath!
Why do we do this? Today I want to take a good look at it, take a deep breath and make this Monday different. I think I get so frantic and hyperactive most possibly because I am so eager to get things going again after two days of rest and restoration in multiple forms of socializing, family time and entertainment. My mind is hyper-focused and I have attention surplus order, instead of attention deficit order on my business and service. I am creative, energized, inspired and intrinsically motivated to make this week the BEST week ever in my business and the services and products we offer at Bella Vida. I am thinking 10 ideas and thoughts at the same time and I most possibly drive my staff a bit dilly.
How can I do it differently? I know that the quality of my questions determines the quality of my answers. I first decided I want to run my Mondays differently so that I feel less anxious and I breathe more easily. The most important action step I can take is to PRIORITIZE. Pareto’s law states that we will fill our days with low action and priority steps unless we fill our days with high action and priority steps. I take my day; I make a list of all the actions I am planning to take, I keep on adding when new ideas come up. Then I prioritize. I make a list of highest to lowest priority steps and I keep to this. I have a “To do List” and my priorities are listed from highest to lowest. I tick off as it is completed and I feel another surge of energy as I get more inspired and intrinsically motivated.
I fire the “you have to complete all your action and priority steps police in my head” and I know tomorrow is another day. What I did not get to do today, was not my highest value, priority, and importance. Sometimes, by Tuesday or Wednesday, some of the action and priority steps are delegated or even dumped as their importance get less. And that is how life works. What is important today might be unimportant tomorrow. And all is well. Easy, light joyful breathing. I can decide to play this week with more lightness and more gratitude and so can you.
Let’s decide to focus on gratitude to bring the anxiety level down.