The Case of the Mondays

Monday is definitely not my favorite day of the week.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always dreaded them. Pre-COVID, I would wake up each Monday thinking, “Ah.. here we are again, start of the new week, same thing, different day.

I work an 8-5 job, but prior to the stay at home orders, my commute was at LEAST an hour each way. In the afternoons, it’d be closer to 90 minutes.

Hello Bay Area traffic… HATE IT.

So whenever Mondays would come around, it was always a reminder of my work routine. Although I’d spend 8 hours out of my day working, I’d end up dedicating close to 10 hours. Sleep. Eat. Commute. Work. Repeat that 5 times a week.

On my rougher commute days, what I’d listen to on my commute would vary.

If I was really stressed, I’d drive in silence.

Yes, you read that right. Sounds weird, but it works.

My inner monologue would just go crazy, anything from thoughts about work stress to maybe a dream I had the night before or to even just appreciating the sunrise.

But on most days, my commutes were filled with music. My playlist was and is still FILLED with Korean music. BTS, Hyolyn, Jay Park, Dean, Hoody, sprinkled in with some Western artists as well such as Jojo, CHIKA, and Ella Mai.

On the commute home, I’d sometimes change it to podcasts.

Currently on my podcast list: Genius Brain, Fun with Dumb, Perfectly Imperfect, Asian Boss Girl, Get Real, and just today I’ve added one that honestly inspired me to do this post based on the first episode.

The Habit Coach with Ashdin Doctor.

The first episode is ONLY 4 minutes and I already have walked away from the podcast applying his tip: The Monday Highlight.

To essentially add something to your schedule on Monday to look forward to.

My first thoughts… GENIUS.

I am guilty of getting stuck into a routine and unknowingly letting that routine suck out any mental capacity I have left at the end of the day.

So I applied his tip to my day tomorrow. First Monday highlight for me? I signed up for a virtual escape room.

Ashdin goes on to say in the episode that by applying the Monday highlight, it is likely to pass onto other days of the week.

I was purely amazed over the fact, by listening to this podcast today, my Mondays will be forever changed.

Goodbye, case of the Mondays!

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