4 Ways To Make Monday Feel Like Friday


Why do we love Fridays so much?  The answer is pretty obvious, in front of us we have a weekend of possibilities; days where we can hang out with friends, do something fun, or enjoy doing nothing at all. The weekend spells r-e-l-a-x, and for most people that means Monday spells d-r-e-a-d. Fortunately, some simple adjustments to your normal routine can trick your mood into thinking it’s the best day of the week.

1. Prep On Friday And Sunday

Before you leave your desk on Friday afternoon, take the last few minutes of your day to ease the shell shock for your future Monday-self. Jot down a list of loose ends and then prioritize the things that need to be done so that when you get back to work on Monday, you can just dive in.

Also, leave yourself an inspirational note on your desk to greet you when arrive at the beginning of the week. You are awesome at your job; this is going to be a great week! Even better, remind yourself why you like this job in the first place. Can you believe you’re getting paid to do ‘x’? Be thankful! (Sound cheesy? Try this just once and tell us it didn’t brighten your mood… go on…)

Sunday night preparations can make your Mondays better, too. Afford yourself some extra minutes of snooze time by showering the night before and by having your clothes ironed and ready to go. Also, remember that good nutrition is in direct correlation to your energy levels and mood, so prep for a protein rich breakfast (i.e. a hardboiled egg or a grab-and-go yogurt).

2. Plan For Happiness

Having something to look forward to makes getting out of bed on Monday a whole lot easier. There’s no rule that states all of your fun has to be saved for the weekends! Try setting a standing date with friends on Monday nights. To increase your mood even more, incorporate exercise. An evening walk with some local friends can get you feeling great both mentally and physically.

Can’t get anyone else to break out of their Monday routines? You can still have something to look forward to at home. Try turning Monday night into movie night, or DVR your favorite TV show and wait until Monday to watch it.

3. Dress For Energy

There’s no denying the pick-me-up power of a great outfit – looking good boosts our moods and confidence. So much of the Monday blues are mental stipulations we put on ourselves, which means we hold the power to bring about change. Switch things up by wearing your favorite outfit on Monday and give your mood a chance to compete with the other, more popular days of the week.

Does your work wardrobe lack some overall excitement? Your clothes can still have a positive effect based on colors alone. Studies show wearing red or violet boosts energy and green or yellow can put you in a noticeably happier mood.

4. Just Say No

One of the things that make Fridays so great is that, for the next few days, you are not obligated to do much. Having freedom and flex time are instant mood boosters – but those perks do not need to be held-off for just the weekends.

Afford yourself some of the same luxuries on Mondays by opting out of something you would normally feel obligated to do. Whether it’s laundry, cooking dinner, or checking your bank account, give Monday evenings a free pass and indulge in the comfort of checking out.

How do you get through the dreaded Mondays?

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Kelly Gregorio

Kelly Gregorio writes about topics that highlight workplace trends and promote work/life balance while working at Advantage Capital Funds, a provider of small businesses loans.


  1. I like the article, thanks! For me, a couple of little things that help on Mondays are that I cook a little more on the weekend and have an easy leftover dinner on Monday. I never wash my hair on Monday mornings (it doesn’t require it every day) so actually look forward to that. . . . This might be controversial but I downplay in my own mind “TGIF” and put a lid on complaining about Monday. I have a lot to be thankful for, and can TGI-any day.

  2. Quisha D. Henderson

    Great article! I have been working on ways to take me away from my daily routine and build more excitement during the week, and you gave some great ideas.

  3. Friday and Monday should be the same day as everyday in your life. If you make yourself happy, save some money for the rainny day, learn new skill set and new technology to make you always demand in the future job market, do not make your goal cannot be achieve, living and enjoy life in the current moment. You will feel everyday same as Friday.

  4. you are Absolutely right!huge amounts of trust, great communication, honesty, and some chemistry with your co-workers, bosses, and customers.

  5. The best way to have every Monday feel like a Friday isn’t listed. The best way to make every Monday – and every other day – feel like a “Friday” is to have a job that doesn’t feel like work, because it is doing something that you love doing. If you want every day to feel like a Friday – find a job that makes you feel like you’re not working at all, a job working with people you care for, who care for you and who minimize drama. Find a job working in a place where there are huge amounts of trust, great communication, honesty, and some chemistry with your co-workers, bosses, and customers.

    Find that career – and you won’t need to think about anything in this article because none of it will matter.

    • There was probably a time when one could pick and choose a career and be happy. Now one needs to be happy just to have a job and not necessarily one that pays all the bills either… making 30K less than I used to makes for new stresses in life when I continue to tell myself I’m just lucky to have a job period! Screw the career concept, that’s so yesterdays news to me I don’t even contemplate the word anymore. Been there done that, got laid off… that was fun, now I just survive day to day. Anyone else?

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