Sunny days and Mondays

To join the “Monday Lovers Club,” some personal assembly is required.

From the pages of In Business magazine.

The 1999 motion picture Office Space featured a corporate drone, Peter Gibbons (played by actor Ron Livingston), who in the words of IMDb “hates his soul-killing job at software company Initech.” The plot follows Peter as his boss constantly hounds him about meaningless paperwork, asks him to stay late and come in on weekends, and coworkers become outraged over a malfunctioning copy machine. In one scene, a chipper colleague asks dour Peter if he has “a case of the Mondays.”

I don’t know about you but when I check my phone, social media feeds, and talk to people when Monday rolls around, there are two pretty distinct groups.

The first is comprised of people like Peter, who generally don’t love what they do. As soon as the alarm goes off Monday morning, they are counting down the minutes until Friday afternoon. When Monday arrives and you come across anyone in this group, it’s very likely they are less than enthused about their activities, lack energy, and are just plain prickly.

The second group is the exact opposite — they might not even realize it’s Monday. They are so busy doing things they are passionate about that the first day of the workweek doesn’t diminish their always-upbeat mood.

Fortunately, this is my group, but luck has little to do with it. Having purposely taken steps to create an enjoyable business and life, it’s a pleasure to wake up and work every single day, whether it’s Monday morning or Saturday night. Most people in this category didn’t get there by accident. Again, it takes purposeful planning and action to achieve a career, business, relationship, and life that you love.

Nobody really wants to start their week feeling uninspired or lacking passion for what they do, but few people actually do something about it.



As 2016 approaches and you think about goals and resolutions, evaluate which group you belong to. If you fall into the negative category, focus on what you need to change. Is it merely a small change in mindset or should you consider making larger changes in your career, relationships, or even health? Whatever the case may be, here’s hoping you take the first step in the right direction to make your Monday morning something to look forward to and get excited about.

Here are a few things you can do to join the Monday Lover’s Club in 2016.

Fast Track Action Items for January

  • Take time to analyze your attitude toward Monday mornings. Can you barely wait to jump out of bed because you are so excited to get the day started? Or do you dread getting up and going to work? If you’re in the latter group, examine the reasons and resolve to take action.
  • Check your mindset. For a lot of people, the Monday blues occur because it has become acceptable in our culture. Most people think they can enjoy camaraderie by commiserating over what a bummer it is to be “back at work.” Don’t get sucked into that trap.
  • Commit to making 2016 a year of awesome Mondays. Your week will be more enjoyable, you will be more productive, and others will be much more excited about collaborating with you. Whether it involves changing your mindset, changing your job, or changing other commitments that produce negative feelings, this is the time for action!

Let me know what you will be doing to make sure you’ve had your last case of the Mondays! Email me at

Jenna Atkinson is the president of CONNECT Madison, a young professionals group offering development, community engagement, and relationship-building opportunities to local business leaders.

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