You MUST Love Mondays
A couple of Sundays ago I was having dinner in a restaurant with my girlfriend. We were having a good time, and the at one point she said: “Hmm… such a nice weekend. Too bad tomorrow is already Monday.”
That sentence made me stop and think. Why? Because I felt the exact opposite. I was thinking to myself “Man, this weekend was cool, but I am dying to wake up tomorrow and get on with my online projects!”
Then I thought about most of my friends and acquaintances. Most of them work 9 to 5 jobs, and they behave just like my girlfriend was. During the week, they are always complaining about how days take too long to go by, how they are dying to get to 5 pm on Friday, and so on. Then, on Sundays, they are always mourning about the fact that on the next day they will be back to work.
The difference between me and my friends is a pretty clear one. I love what I do. They don’t. I work under my own rules. They work according someone else’s rules. I work when I want to. They work when they have to.
Now, I am not writing this post to brag. When I graduated in 2005 I also went to work for a company, where I needed to clock in at 9 am, do what people told me to do during the day, and then clock out at around 5pm.
It was pretty boring. At times I tried to change things and implement some new ideas, but I always hit the bureaucracy and the hierarchy walls with my head.
Back then I was not enthusiastic about Mondays either.
Instead of coping with all that bullshit, however, I said “Screw that!”
Before one year had elapsed I gave in my resignation letter.
I explained to people that I was quitting to pursue entrepreneurial projects on the Internet. Most of them thought that I was crazy.
My job was a pretty good one for someone who had just graduated. I was working at the global headquarters of my company after all, on the same floor as the president.
My friends urged me to reconsider. My boss told me that it would be better for me to stay with the company for some 5 or 10 years, gain some experience, and then pursue my own projects if I still wanted.
I had already decided though, and I would follow my gut even if it led me to a dead end.
Looking back, it was the best decision I ever made.
And that is why I am writing this post; to try to shake you a bit, and remind you that you should not settle and cope with the bullshit you see happening around you. You should not work on someone else’s terms.
Finding something that you love to do, and having the cojones to pursue it, regardless of what other people will say about it, is one of the toughest things in life.
But it is also one of the most rewarding.
Don’t settle until you find yourself on a Sunday thinking: “Man, I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow!”
80 Responses to “You MUST Love Mondays”
Heh, my main problem with Mondays is that I am night person. Weekend is chance to spent time how I like it – sleeping through most of day, going out in the evening and working on computer at night.
So Monday is rapid and negative change of pace.
@Rarst, I used Monday as a figure of speech. By “You MUST Love Mondays” I meant “You MUST Love Your Work”
Nitpick: the word is “dying”, not “dieing”. 🙂
I’m a pastor and I really digg Mondays however; Sat. & Sun. church services is where the people are, the energy is and the lives being changed.
I Love What I Get To Do!
Some people say Monday and think Work, but some say Monday and think Monday. 🙂
@Jeremy, fixed that.
@Scott Williams, check my 2nd comment.
@Rarst, yeah I also don’t perceive any different between the 7 days of the week. They are all the same for me.
But you got write with a target audience in mind 🙂 .
Just a little bit risky jacking it all in, especially in these tough economic times with job loses at an all-time high?
Not knocking anybody for trying, just thinking that now might not be the best time to be thinking of doing your own thing!
You should never wish any part of your life away. Every second, minute and hour counts.
Even if your at work, interesting and exciting opportunities may still come your way!
I guess it’s the matter of whether the dream comes true or not.
I sat at home for almost a year and blogged and freelanced. Now pursuing MBA and soon will be taking up a regular job.
Out here in India, sitting at home isn’t really easy.
Congratulations on loving Mondays! You belong to probably a small minority in the world. And I just realised that you’re pretty young (ok maybe not pretty!) if you graduated in 2005. Hats off to you for figuring out that early in life what you want to do. Well done!
I’m not a webworker, but have my own cube at this great company, so Monday’s don’t bother me one bit. I love my job!!!
By the way guys, I am not arguing that in order to love Mondays you need to work on the Internet. That is the work I love, but yours might be different.
Some people love working inside corporations, for example.
It is just a matter of finding what you love and not settling until you reach it.
I normally end up working through the weekend. . .so it’s like every day is Wednesday to me.
But I do agree, you should definitely do something you love.
Ikki at Blogging Blog
I agree with Dank, Daniel. That was a risky move! I’d love to say “screw it!” and ditch my job, but unfortunately economy isn’t the best here.
Entertaining article Daniel. People often ask me why I choose nursing over a 100% career in business (since I do both) and I often highlight the feature of being able to work for myself. I’m in control of my own fate because it’s my license and no one elses. I have a difficult time working for others so I enjoy working for myself in both healthcare and commerce.
An inspiring post. I’m jealous… 🙂
I love Mondays because I don’t have college that day ( neither on Tuesday 🙂 ) so I can have really good weekend without worrying about Mondays 🙂 It’s not long term situation, but it’s great now !
Mondays and Tuesdays are days I usually work the most on my online projects ( although I should do it more consistently ) also.
The greatest thing about an online business is, there is no Sundays or Mondays. If I’m to take a break on Monday, I prepare by going through all my RSS feed items on Sunday.
I never have to wait for “Mondays” to do what I like to do, kind of different but still in the same “I’m loving it” mindset…
Yet another awesome post! My story is kinda similar. I know there are some scary moments but the trade offs are all worth it.
Thanks for such inspiration!
Good for you, Daniel.
I think it’s hard for people to take that leap of faith because it usually takes a while to build up enough success at a business to sustain a family.
I am one of the lucky ones that can pursue what I love to do. I love Mondays, too.
I guess I’m lucky in that I found a job I enjoy (in principle, although I hate the material I work with) and can when really snowed under with work, just not go into the office – opting to work from home instead. But it’s still not what I really want to do.
I’d love to eventually see one of my sites finally afford me the chance to not have to ever drag myself into an office again; but I’m not so sure if I’ll pull it off. I’ve not had much luck with investors and the like myself so I need my job to fund anything I want to do, but then that leaves my too tired to actually do what I want to do!
I don’t mind Mondays that much, except this time of year. Then I hate them as the heating in my office just isn’t up to the job of keeping me warm! One day, I’ll get where I want to be. I hope.
This is a great article, and really rings true for me as well. We’re very much in the same boat… graduated in 2005, did the 9-5 thing for a little while until making the BEST decision of my life to go full-time freelance (web design, blogging, and songwriting).
Power to the freelancers!
Nice change of pace article today ; )
I’m not that good in English (yet) but isn’t there a difference between online entrepreneur and freelancer Brian, or I’m totally wrong … ? OnlineProfits is more like a business than freelance job to me …
Glad to see your thoughts on this, Daniel. I stopped looking at Monday’s as bad several years ago. It’s also when I stopped making New Year resolutions. I decided and told my colleagues and friends that I looked forward to Monday’s. My explanation was that Monday was the beginning of a New Week for me – a chance to correct mistakes, begin new habits, scoff off old ones and to change any harmful attitudes. I don’t make a list of ‘resolutions’ on January 1st to last through the whole year. I resolve each Monday to make each week and myself better than the previous.
I loved your post. Why do we settle for something that we do not like? It is a security thing no doubt. When we love what we do, it is no work at all. It is more like play! Days of the week do not matter! I have to remind my self what day it is when I get up because they are all good days! Best thing I did was get laid off – I knew it was a blessing right then!
I love the increased traffic and conversions on Mondays also. The traffic on the weekends is most always soft.
I understand you 100%. After a nice weekend I can’t wait to get on with my projects with new ideas and full of energy.
Thank-you, Daniel. This article is just what I wanted to read this morning. I guess if trusting yourself enough to go it on your own wasn’t scary, everyone would do it. I love Mondays too, and I think this was a great article.
Once of the nicest from-the-heart posts I have read in a long time.
Critical to what you are saying is to avoid the golden handcuffs. If you live within your means you have the ability to shift and move with the tide.
Otherwise, you end up pitching sand from one pile to another and hating Mondays.
Way to go! G.
Thanks for the post man, it cheered me up alot, and now I can’t wait to finish my internet marketing training and to be successful. Hope by the time I finish school (4 years more) I don’t have to bother and work for someone.
Great advice. It’s so hard to strike out & do something that you feel strongly about when the people around you are all reminding you about how you might fail.
Good for you for sticking it out & going with your gut!
15 Minutes to Riches!
I’m actually enjoying my day job right now. But then again, I write software all day, which is one of the things I love to do most. 🙂
I don’t plan to be in a cubicle forever, but for now, my Mondays aren’t too bad. Hopefully it stays that way. 🙂
What an interesting post? I think this post will challenge everyone to have a rethink of whatever he or she is doing for a living. I think monday is just like any of the other days for me.
Arun Basil Lal
I still love mondays, Thats the day when I get maximum visits, dont know why is it like that. Mondays and Thursdays are the best.. 😉
If you love what you do Mondays are great. A fresh start to create and produce. If your unhappy…vice versa.
Regardless, Sunday tends to be relaxing. It’s nice to get back to being productive on Monday morning.
Thanks for the words of encouragement Daniel. Thankfully for me I work at a place where not only can I do my work but they give us access to the internet so I can pursue my own online goals and still support my family as I get everything up and running to a point where I will be able to work for myself full time.
When it comes to a job, I have a thumb rule: I quit on the day things become comfortable. Its tough to even wake up on a monday, but that is the most productive day of the week as you are refreshed. And you keep learning as long as there is a challenging environment. But to have a challenging career in which you would love to work too, like urs is bliss, Daniel.
It is the individual creators that bring about the future. Look at the advent of the Internet…Twitter…Google.
It is so easy to sit back and go in to group agreement. To live life as a spectator…but how fun is that?
Whoot! Whoot! to the movers and the shakers…the individuals that jump into life head first!
I sooo agree with you.
This 9 to 5 thing is not for me either and what is up with sitting in a cubicle.
Why would they design work environments like that??
Anyways, I have a plan and don’t intend on doing this for the next 20 years … I hope. 😉
This is a different change of post for you – nice to see.
I have to agree with you – you have to love what you do – otherwise you are just existing – not living.
I also agree with Colleen – when I got laid off while everybody else was so upset for me I was celebrating 🙂 I thought it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
When you love what you do and you get paid for it too – it never seems like work.
I love the idea of not following the herd. While I usually dread Mondays just because of the classes, I don’t resent them just because they begin the week.
It’s such a drag to get up on monday mornings. Mostly because I stayed up too late on Sunday night reading blogs.
Glad to hear you’re a workaholic!
Can’t say I love all Mondays, but I definitely know the feeling that I just can’t wait to get working again on one of the projects I love. But having said this it is also important to find a nice balance between work and weekend.
Cool post! Insightful. I guess it all depends on what you’ll be doing on Mondays to either love them or resent them…
Being in a J.O.B. for the first time in years because of the real estate crash and I can really feel where you are coming from. I used to LOVE what I did- now I just do it to get by until I can make enough to do what I love to do again. But you do need to take actions on those dreams or you may be in a cubicle for the rest of your life.
I CAN’T WAIT to love Mondays and I know Online Profits will make a big difference in getting me there. 🙂
This post sounds like it has undertones of happiness caused from the success of http://www.onlineprofits.com.
It is inspiring nonetheless. I am not sure this a daily blog tip though. Haha! Keep up the good work man!
Oh – I can’t wait until I’m totally in love with “Mondays”! Thanks for a great post! You always inspire and encourage.
I have been reading your blog for the past few months and for the first time, this post compelled me to get out of the comforts of my reader to comment.
I have already started my journey towards loving Mondays. The best part is, I am doing this with my husband!
I like monday too. It’s a good day for starting our business weekend activity.
Daniel it’s not bragging but very inspiring. Great stuff. Hopefully in a years time i will be in a position to greet mondays with a big great smile.
I like this post dude! I think I know what you feel… it really the best decision ever taken. The basic is to listen to your heart and your mind. Do what your life tell you to do and not what the society tell you to do.
I am currently doing my last year to graduate (BSc Information Systems) however I am already thinkinh if I will be able to work for someone for a 9 to 5.
I don’t think so. I need to have my own rules and my own work plan. Most probably I’ll go on my own when my course end. As for my online venture.. I started some 10 months ago and its ow going smooth with decent small incomes to just live a decent life…
But I have the projects.. Well your story is a real success story though Daniel. Keep it up.
When I think of university I hate mondays. But when I think about my online projects… I just love mondays.
I’m just the opposite – I like my job =)
But I also like playing with ideas on the web. So I do both. It is possible to enjoy what you do during the day.
Not all of us are entrepreneurs, and we’re happy with that.
Great post, Daniel.
In fact, I was thinking the same thing today. With the rate my blog has been growing since starting it a year ago, I’m seriously thinking about it!
My favourite piece of advice I ever received – “You are your own HR department”
Nice. All days are great for me.
“…Donâ€™t settle until you find yourself on a Sunday thinking: â€œMan, I canâ€™t wait to wake up tomorrow!â€…”
How about on Sunday night, “I don’t want to go to sleep, I’ve having a blast.”
As I get older, almost 50, and the kids are gone, it’s a love for being around and working with people. As much as I like to sit and work (play) at the computer it’s also satisfying to get out and be around people, whether to work or play.
Great post! If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. I also try to remind myself that there are fewer and fewer days left in my life, so I better use them doing something I enjoy! If you work all day at something you hate, then I hardly think enjoying 2/7th of your life is a fair compromise! It’s all about finding a balance and realizing that sometimes, money truly can’t buy happiness.
Thanks you for this article. I was rung up a few hours ago asking me whether I would do a short term work contract.
I hated the work when I was there – I had a manager having a nervous breakdown, and as an innocent, got in the middle of some management territorial dispute.
Work hard at the net and I reckon two years from now I’ll be quite comfortable.
Even now I’ve done four hours work on my own projects and I’m still in my dressing gown.
We need this type of article about every two to three months.
No matter it’s Monday or a Friday. What matter’s is the courage you have for what you’re doing whether it’s a desk job or a outside job.
Until you love your work, days are no matter…
Great post! This kind of reminds me of the saying “Find something you love and do it so well that people pay you for it.” When you absolutely love your work, the line blurs between fun and work.
I’ve always been into doing by own thing, but this article reminds me of the time I was working at a company. In fact, it’s so similar that I was laughing real hard while reading this.
It’s so funny to read someone else’s words that describe exactly how I feel! When I was in school, Saturday was my favorite day of the week and Monday was, easily, the most hated.
But today, I look at Saturday as kind of a break in my momentum and Monday has become the most exciting day of the week.
Actually, I’ve gotten to the point that I work on the weekend almost as much as I do during the week. As you pointed out, the beauty of working at home is the ability to do what you want when you want.
You’d think that’d mean doing less, but when you love what you do, the hours just slide by!
Bravo Daniel – A great post. It was nice to see your personal side for a change! I’m just facing a downsizing of my career, with my employer halving my hours. A few years ago I would have been running around like a headless chicken. But now all I’m thinking of is all those wonderful hours I’ll have to work on some online projects and side ventures. Now what did I do with that copy of Tim Ferriss’ book…
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I guess you was smarter than the people who hired you. Pearl S. Buck: “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
Peter Gibbons: Let me ask you something. When you come in on Monday, and you’re not feelin’ real well, does anyone ever say to you, ‘Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays’?
Lawrence: No. No, man. Shit, no, man. I believe you’d get your ass kicked sayin’ something like that, man.
I work from 9 to 5 in a company but still LOVE mondays…
am I a sort of freak ??
This is the very first post I’ve read here at DailyBlogTips.com and I LOVE IT!
I think the over-all point of this post is that if you dread anything -not just Mondays – YOU have the power to change it.
Life is way too short to dread tomorrow….
I love Mondays, maybe because I work from home and never had to leave to work for someone else. Just like you I also work on projects with many friends.
Yeah! Feeling you brother! This is how we live and have never looked back! A few years back we were so living with the Sunday blues and now Sundays are one of my favorite days- and Monday is a close second.
Follow your bliss 🙂
You just depicted the way I feel Daniel. Just last night I was talking to a fren about How I am not fond of my 9-5.30 job and How I wanna do something on my own.. I still haven’t gathered enough courage for that. I hope I do soon.. Thanx Daniel you made my day. Now I feel I am not the only one.. 🙂
As someone who has also been lucky enough to quit his job and pursue online projects, I have to say I share your feelings about Monday. To be perfectly honest, I don’t really delineate between weekends and weekdays – they’re all the same for me. I take time off when I need or want to, and I work the rest of the time. It’s a lot of working time, but most of it is fun so I don’t feel like I’m really “working” all the time (even though my wife says that I am).
However, I have to say that you WOULD have been better off if you had “seasoned” yourself for a few years in a “9 to 5.” I considered breaking away from the work-a-day world in 2001, but I decided instead to make the sure money and learn some business acumen. When I left in 2007, I was ready. I now have the ability to work in a “real” business environment as well as work in the wild west that is the online industry.
Having said all of that, who am I to argue with your success? You’re doing much better than I was at the same stage – congrats!
Great post, Kevin and great attitude! I used to be like the girlfriend, and now find myself enjoying every day for a different reason. But I also love what I do (writing) and look forward to ‘clearing away’ other obligations to make space for it whenever possible. Now if I could just make money… 🙂
Typo! Daniel, please accept apologies for my blunder ;-0
Sensitive point. I agree with you Daniel..Because i too love monday as you said.
This story is good, i like mondays too.
lvlc @ FromMomToMom
And I thought I was the only weirdo that liked Mondays! lol
Looking back, it was the best decision I ever made.
“Donâ€™t settle until you find yourself on a Sunday thinking: â€œMan, I canâ€™t wait to wake up tomorrow!â€ Nice, I really going to think on this every Sunday night, I really going to do it!. I don’t know about my “monday problem”. Now I have a job that I really enjoy but still don’t like Mondays.
TOday it was funny to find on my e-mail a message from my boss inviting me to participate on a Facebook group that he created: Thanks God is Monday.
I have joined it…let’s see if I can change my mind!
GOOD WEEK for everyone! and nice site!
I agree with you that finding something you love and do is the key to enjoying Mondays and life. At where I am at now, I love waking up on Monday morning knowing that I am going to a job I really enjoy and working on projects that excite me and fit my interests.
I also agree with the author that the hardest part to moving on is getting past the notion of “what will people think of me for doing this?” I’ll admit that fear crossed my mind a few times in the past but getting past that helped me make some of the best decisions I’ve made in my career and my life. I too once had a deal with a colleague who thought I was crazy for moving on to another position but in the end, moving on made me happier in life and was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career. I found something I really enjoy doing and has opened up more doors for me.
why are mondays just so much worse than every other day!!!!!!
especially now ive started a new year at college that has classes that are at such inconvenient times on mondays, i liked how it was last year
and now i come in, as i did last week too, and find that the forum is down again please forum, dont make my mondays any worse!
its a horrible, grey wet day too, so it makes things even more miserable.
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