That’s right. T.G.I.M! as in Monday. The day that most working professionals dread because it’s the end of the weekend and the start of another long work week. The day of Monday blues. Well, I’m happy to say that I now look forward to Mondays. Here’s why. REST!
My wife Tasra and I have always tried to have at least one day of the week when we rest. When we put away all the work and focus on our family and just relaxing. Traditionally this has been Sunday for us. But it would typically go like this:
- I get up with our 5-year-old, Joshua, around 7-ish…or 8-ish if I’m lucky.
- I play with him while the ladies of the house continue to dream away.
- We rush to get ready for church
- We go to church then get out about noon-ish
- Come home and cram in the kitchen as we all try to make lunch
- We try to put Joshua down for a nap
- From the moment he enters his bedroom, every 5 minutes (literally) we hear this “Is it time to wake up yet? Is it time to wake up yet? I want to wake up? Is it time to wake up?”
- I try to relax and read some magazines, but by this time Joshua is now been released from confinement and is anxious to play again.
- Evening rolls around and now we’re all cramming the kitchen to make dinner. It’s YO-YO night (i.e. You’re On Your Own).
- We go through the Joshua bath and bedtime routine (which is sort of like training for the Olympics when you take into account the running around trying to catch him, the splashing trying to wash him, and the hoops you have to jump through to get him to actually lie down).
- Then, at some point, ashamedly I must admit, either me or Tasra end up back at the computer tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, planning, or editing.
Now tell me. Does that sound very “restful” to you? I didn’t think so.
Now we’ve started this photography business that requires meeting with our team on Sundays. Our day of rest just got more complicated.
Then my brilliant wife had a most wonderful idea. “Why don’t we take our rest day on Monday? Joshua will be in pre-school and Imahni [our daughter] will be busy with her home school work. We’ll actually be able to have most of the afternoon all to ourselves to actually REST! Then we’ll make Saturday our new ‘Friday’ which works out well ‘cuz we always work on Saturday anyway.”
I must admit, my initial reaction was “We can’t do that.” But then, as the idea sunk in, it grew on me. Pastor’s take Monday off. I know a lot of friends in the wedding and event business who take Monday’s off. Barbers take Mondays off. Why not us.
Well, we’ve been doing it for about two weeks now and I LOVE IT! It’s so simple, yet so brilliant. A day I can actually relax and rejuvenate. To read. To re-connect with my family. And there’s something about it being a weekday that makes it all the more restful. (I’m sure it’s psychological.) Furthermore, I no longer have to feel guilty for working on Saturday. It’s now expected.
This taking Monday off as my rest day is a win-win-win:
- I win because I get to re-charge
- My family wins because we get to have a day of peace and real connection
- My clients and business partners win because I go into my workweek rejuvenated which is so important for a creative professional.
I gotta tell you. If you’re in business for yourself and it makes sense to do so, taking up Monday as the new “Sunday” will be one of the best decisions you’ll make.