I hope you are all starting off your week with a productive and enjoyable Monday.
I know Mondays can be rough… especially when you have to wake up at 7AM after only about 4 hours sleep. Oh well… keep your chins up because life goes on!
I don’t know about anywhere else, but in my little pocket of the world it’s been very cloudy and chilly today. I went on a long walk with my father this morning which helped to wake me up a little; between you and me, I still feel tired and definitely lacking energy.
Maybe the reason that Mondays can be so dismal sometimes is that the so-called “break” of the weekend does nothing but throw off our sleep schedules and drain us of the energy we should be saving up instead of wasting away. I definitely know from experience that after an exhausting weekend of partying or late-night Netflix/Domino’s marathons (a personal favourite), the last thing you’re going to want to do on Monday morning is focus on the mountains of work that have been piling up for you to do throughout the week. Fret not; there is a way to avoid this weekly feeling of dread.
After my mother’s birthday festivities yesterday evening, I found one of my dad’s books lying on a chair. Naturally, I picked it up, lit a candle, and started to read.
The book was called Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. It was a brilliant short read for those looking how to unlock, channel, and feed your creativity.It definitely gave me a few points of inspiration that I am looking forward to focusing on in the upcoming future.
Anyway… back to how this relates to Mondays.
One of the mini-chapters of the book was entitled “Be Boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)” Kleon basically made the point that it is near to impossible to channel your creativity and produce quality work that reflects your ideas if you don’t practice self-care first.
He makes the point that movies and media do a great (but terrible) job of glorifying the life of the creative geniuses, artists, and musicians that thrive off partying and a wild lifestyle. The life of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll is definitely exciting, but in reality not as glamorous as it seems. All of the partying and late nights take a toll physically and mentally. Personally, I would much prefer a life full of an active creative mind than one where my senses are dulled and my imagination is limited.
Especially as a teenager in college, I know how alluring the partying lifestyle can be. However, this lifestyle can dull your senses and completely drain you of energy. You get the idea in your head that every week just becomes another countdown to the weekend, where you can let your hair down, party, and forget about any responsibilities you may have (including the responsibility to take care of yourself). This is the life of someone who is more about instant gratification than looking at how your actions will affect you in the long-run.
I’m hoping to become someone who starts to look at long-term gratification as motivation to put more focus and effort into my work and my passions. At the end of the day, what is going to stick with me is the work I produce, not the memories (or lack thereof) I make in the basement of a frat house.
So go ahead, be boring! Stay in and have an early night. This is the kind of rest and recuperation we really need on weekends. Maybe with some practice and self-care, Mondays will start to seem not so bad after all.