Mondays can set the tone for your company’s entire week. Here are a few ways to make sure you get off to a great start.
I confess, I’ve never been much of a Monday person. That classic scene from Office Space, when an over-perky colleague accuses Peter, the film’s disenchanted tragic hero, of having “a case of the Mondays” always struck a familiar chord.
But a funny thing happened recently—I became an entrepreneur. And instead of wanting to curl up in a ball on Sunday nights, filled with a sense of imminent workweek doom, I now find myself smiling at the possibilities the next day will bring.
I’ve interviewed and worked with thousands of entrepreneurs over the past decade, and one of the qualities I always admire is their near-universal enthusiasm. When your name is on the proverbial sign, when you’ve got skin in the proverbial game, it’s just… different. The entrepreneurial experience is, often, a backbreaking and soul-searching one, but most wouldn’t trade it for the world. Because when you’re an entrepreneur, everything you put into your company, you get right back out.
That’s why entrepreneurs look forward to Mondays—they’re our collective, weekly fresh start, a chance to reboot, regroup, and chase new opportunities. We’d probably do it on Saturdays, but we need to give the rest of the world a little time to catch up.
Almost as an accidental experiment, I recently tweeted, “The difference between entrepreneurs and the rest of the world? Entrepreneurs look forward to Mondays.” I followed it up with a similar post in the new OPEN Forum community, asking entrepreneurs why they look forward to Mondays—and how they prepare for the week ahead. Not only did the chorus of enthusiastic responses pretty much confirm my thesis, I found some great insight from members of our community and beyond.