boomtown ratsFrom The Boomtown Rats (I Don’t Like Mondays) to The Bangles (Manic Monday), via the Mamas and the Papas (Monday Monday) and New Order (Blue Monday), countless bands have tapped into a seemingly universal theme that Mondays are best avoided.

Meanwhile, a trawl of my musical memories and numerous list-based websites don’t turn up much in the way of positive Monday themed songs. The possible exception of Monday Morning by Fleetwood Mac starts off so well with “Monday morning you sure look fine”, but turns out to be about a doomed relationship so, in hindsight, it sits firmly in the gloomy pile.

“Every other day of the week is fine, but whenever Monday comes you can find me crying all of the time”. Ring any bells? Do you get that familiar Sunday evening dread washing over you as time moves relentlessly towards the morning and that first alarm of the working week, signalling that your waking hours for the next five days no longer belong solely to you?

If so, is it inevitable that the rest of your working life will be defined by a dislike of at least one day of every single week? I say, no, it doesn’t have to be this way. Bob Geldof pleads for someone to “tell me why I don’t like Mondays”, so why not give it some thought for yourself? Perhaps you feel that your current job doesn’t make the most of your skills, or that there is no room at your organisation for your career potential to be fulfilled, or your boss simply doesn’t appreciate you.

I have certainly had all of these negative feelings – and many more! – at least briefly during my career and I know just how soul sapping it can be when you are unable to see a way out of that situation. That inevitable curtain of gloom descending gradually over you as time ticks down towards Sunday evening seems to be unstoppable at times. But it just doesn’t have to stay that way. There are lots of things that you can do to help reclaim a positive Monday morning feeling.

Some things can be done for yourself relatively straightforwardly. For example, if you have reached the realisation that your current job simply isn’t for you anymore, it is entirely within your control to start the process of seeking a new one. But it can be difficult to reach this point alone, or to identify things that you can do to improve the situation within your current role. Sometimes talking things through with a friend or family member can be invaluable. A third party is very often able to bring a new perspective to a situation that seemed to you – from your position underneath that gloomy curtain – to be irresolvable.

Sometimes, though, that friend or family member may be too close to the situation to feel able to help or indeed for you to want to ‘dump’ all of your woes onto. So what else could you try? One potential solution is coaching. Some people think that coaching is something that is only useful for those right at the top of the tree, but that is no longer the case. More and more organisations are introducing coaching programmes to support staff at all levels because they recognise the value that it can bring to everyone.

Spending time with an independent party focused solely on you might be the edge you need to take you from The Boomtown Rats to Happy Mondays. So why not invest some time in yourself and your Mondays? Just don’t go twisting my melon, man.

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