15 Sep Ugh, Mondays…
From #MondayMood to #MondayMotivation.
I hear you. A few years ago, I would have been right there with you. Not long ago, my mentor encouraged me to write a list of things from 2 years ago that were working in my current situation, and also a list of things that were not.
When I break that list out now and look at it, I specifically remember writing down that Mondays were my least favorite days. I’m happy to say that I was able to change the course of my Manic Mondays into something I can’t wait to come around each week.
I think we can all agree that the weekend is NEVER long enough. That means for most people, Monday brings the same feelings of back to the grind with never quite enough rest or recharging. For us hairstylists, however, Monday is usually just the opposite. Most salons are open Tuesday through Saturday and are closed on Mondays to allow the stylists to actually have a weekend. So for us, Monday is a continuation of the weekend that just started (because we worked all day Saturday).
Monday is the peaceful prep for the week that for everyone else happens on Sunday… that is, until you go from stylist to salon owner. Once you own the place, you go from having a 2-day “weekend” to filling your Mondays with things you can no longer fit into the week… and suddenly you’re working pretty much six days instead of five. Being a business owner is basically being a parent (to either your only child, or to an extra child) because the work week never ends and the child always needs your care and attention. Finding the right balance can be tough.
Recently, I’ve had to make some adjustments to not only my schedule but also for the salon. These changes are growing pains that will continue to push us into the next phase of business—so while painful, they’re absolutely necessary. For most of us, including myself, change can be super uncomfortable and quite scary. Being pushed outside of your comfort zone is never fun for anyone. As the name suggests, you are literally stepping into a place of discomfort, whether by choice or by necessity.
But, as with most growing pains, the greatness that results from the change is powerful. Climbing the mountain requires sweat and determination, but the view at the top is irreplaceable.
Because of the changes I have implemented, I’ve been able to bring some balance back into my Mondays, which makes for a better MOT. I’ve also been able to devote more time into furthering my education as an artist. As an owner, it’s easy to dive headfirst into growing your business, and growing your team, and it can be easy to set your own growth aside. Rebalancing my Mondays has allowed me to recommit to never stop learning and growing personally. Lending it to practice, refining techniques, and brainstorming about the future of my company.
It’s amazing what you can do when you are able to shift your mindset from fear of doing things differently, into a belief in the power of positive change. Now, instead of running from meeting to meeting and always feeling like I’m never ahead, I actually look forward to Mondays and all that they bring. I feel like I’ve taken back a day that used to be so draining and turned it into one of the most fruitful days of my week.
So…. what can you do to rebalance your “Monday”? Drop a comment below and let me know how you’re revamping and rebalancing your week!