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Why We Start Stuff On Mondays

Why do we start stuff on Mondays?

Why We Start Stuff On Mondays

Why we start stuff on Mondays and how to take advantage of it.

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Humans are creatures that love patterns. We love structure. We love consistency. We love knowing exactly what we’ll be doing day to day.

Even people who claim to be unorganized have a pattern in their lives whether they see it or not.

If you believe you are unorganized and are always late to things, guess what, that’s a pattern you have become accustomed to.

Your lateness is consistent and structured.

In western culture, workdays typically start on Mondays.

Where did that start?


 

Well, it wasn’t union organizing or any social program or any particular thought of kindness and families.

Why do we start stuff on Mondays?

It came because Henry Ford wanted to have good, consistent and reliable workers in his production plant.

He was tired of losing workers. So Ford implemented a 5-day work week with and 8-hour day and doubled wages in order to keep good workers.

It was all about the Ford Motor Company making a good profit and it worked. Ford wanted people to have enough leisure time to purchase and use the products he was making.

Ford said, “Leisure is an indispensable ingredient in a growing consumer market because working people need to have enough free time to find uses for consumer products, including automobiles.”

So other manufacturing companies followed suit.

Thank you Henry Ford.

Thus was instituted the weekend as we know it.

So now we have this mental pattern that has evolved for a couple of generations that weekends are for rest and recuperation and things start on Monday.

It’s like starting new self-improvement on New Years’.


 

How does that affect us?

If any of you have been involved in any kind of blogging or online marketing, you’re probably going to notice that your best times are early in the week and it tapers off on the weekends.

I’ve noticed that I get more comments on my blog posts Monday-Wednesday. Sunday is the slowest.

If you’re working from home, do you set an 8-hour work day just like you would if you had a job?

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Perhaps it would be better to work by what’s accomplished instead.

One advantage of working at home is that you can set your own hours.

If you are not an early riser, you are punished by a 9-5 job which typically forces you to work earlier than your body tells you is optimal for you.

Working at home, you can start later and will need a lot less coffee to keep you running.

44% of women and 37% of men are not early risers.

Studies have shown that people who are not natural early risers tend to have their brains slow down in the afternoons.

But even so, we still have that cultural “thing” that tells us we can’t be successful if we don’t follow the “early to bed and early to rise” counsel.

And we also tend to think of weekends as sacrosanct and should be for, as Elmer Fudd once said, “West and welaxation.”

But let’s talk about how to move from a time-centered way to thinking to an accomplishment-centered way of thinking.

I’ve posted a couple of different posts on how to effectively use your time.

Here’s how to focus more on accomplishment:

  1. Make sure you have a to-do list.
    1. Have at least 5 things you want to accomplish for your day.
  2. Create work habits that pursue accomplishments rather than time goals.
    1. I really like the Pomodoro technique for working on your daily goals. It allows you to break your day into bite-sized chunks so it’s easier to focus on your goals.
  3. Have at least one day with no work.
    1. If it’s good enough for God to have a day of rest, you can bet it would be good for you too.
    2. It allows you to fit in with the culture around you.
  4. Measure your progress by what is achieved.
    1. Use tools to measure your successes.
    2. Is your work actually bringing you the success you expect?
  5. If you finish your daily tasks early, don’t start the next day’s tasks.
    1. Just pat yourself on the back and consider it a job well done.
    2. It’s the same thing as getting a star on your forehead or chocolate. It’s a reward for accomplishing what you set out to do in a timely manner. It’s not about the time you spend.
    3. Be careful that you don’t use this as an excuse to set low daily goals.

The important thing to remember is not to count your hours of work but count your accomplishments in the time you do work. And be consistent in your work.

And Mondays are a good day to start stuff because our culture is attuned to it. Don’t fight it, use it to your advantage.

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5 Comments

  • Anita Hales

    April 3, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I love your details instructional message to have more accomplishments on a daily basic. Small successes will add up to big victory! Thanks for sharing Anita!

      Anita Hales

      April 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Linh.

  • Anita Hales

    April 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Great post Anita

    Enjoyed the history lesson by Henry Ford 🙂

    I’ve noticed that I’m the most productive on Mondays, and I get the most leads and engagement too

    Dr. Lisa

      Anita Hales

      April 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Yes, I do too.

    Anita Hales

    April 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Love this post and “Thanks Mr. Ford!” for the 8 hour work day and 5 day work week. LOL
    Well, at least wages went up.
    This is a great post as you detail 5 steps on starting this off right.

    Cheers

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