This post was most recently updated on February 22nd, 2022
[A collaboration post with Day Translations – all thoughts are my own.]
Do you enjoy Monday?
I don’t know exactly when I started to care less about the days; whether it’s Monday, weekday, or weekend. No matter what day it is, I make sure to enjoy the day. I try my best to complete daily tasks, and have a great evening for myself and my family!
I get translation projects every two weeks so deadlines are of utmost importance to me. I even had to work half days on weekends, doing research on the terms that needed to translate documents. You know, some people assume that you know every word if you are a translator because you are a linguist. This is really frustrating!
Over the last few years, I have purchased books that have been translated into Indonesian. I always wonder why the translator’s name is not listed on the front cover with the author’s name. The existence of a translator is very important, which is why there is an occasion to celebrate International translation day!
Translating a medical report is not only about transferring it to the target language (TL). But also the message and culture of the source language (SL). The process will not be easy. I need to be careful during the process and be creative as much as possible so that the results can be read easily. Many processes behind the scenes go unnoticed by people.
I usually check the translation platform on Mondays, see available projects, and send my offer/CV to the company. Well, it’s the same process as a blogger pitch to a brand. If I’m a good fit for their project, they’ll send in tests that need to be done before joining the project or we’ll discuss deadlines, rates, and payment terms. That is how I enjoy Monday and beat the Monday blues!
7 ways to beat the Monday blues
Some people don’t like Mondays, especially students. Personally, Monday means zero; the start of the week, the opening of a productive week, and a fun day to mark the list you didn’t complete the previous week. Mondays also mean continuing your self-care routine to get better, setting your realistic goals, or keeping track of your weekly budget. There are lots of ways to beat the Monday blues if you haven’t noticed!
I always say here that weekend is time for self-care. As for me, I don’t really go out on the weekend, other than going out with friends, I love staying at home. I’m an introvert and homebody so, yes, home is the most comfortable and safe place for me. And after starting working from home, I eventually learn how to enjoy Monday by figuring out fun activities easing back into the workdays. Here’s how to beat the Monday blues.
Plan Ahead From Friday
Don’t leave all your worklist you’ve been dreading for Monday. I try to complete the weekly blogging tasks on Friday before focusing on fixing broken links or performing a link audit on Saturday. Any writing-related stuff will be finished before Saturday because I want to enjoy the weekend. Try to complete as much as possible on Friday and it will make your Monday easier as you’re not scrambling to figure out where you left off on Friday.
Prepping Your Monday From Sunday
Every Sunday evening, I sit down and start prepping for the week. Pack anything you might need for the day, schedule fun activities, what you need to get done, etc. I organize my blogging content or check appointments that I have for the week. Then go to bed early so you can wake up feeling refreshed. Make Saturday your wild night and enjoy your lazy Sunday.
Start Monday With Something Fun
Make your Monday feel a little more like a weekend and do something that puts you in a happier mood before you head off to work. In my case, I wake up before 7 and walk outside with my dogs for 15-30 minutes. After that, I clean the house, feed my dogs, and have a healthy breakfast. Some ideas for you might be to get in a fun workout, sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee, or turn on your favorite music.
Change The Way You Think and Act of Mondays
We tend to feel like a lot of the dread that comes along with Mondays is just the negativity. It’s become our habit to hate on Mondays and puts you in a bad mood. Try these tips to brighten up your Monday attitude.
- Start thinking of Mondays as a fresh new start to the week. As I say, a new start towards your goals.
- Make a list of excited goals you want to accomplish this week.
- Turn the topic of conversation into something more positive with your friends or co-workers.
- Clean your desk and keyboard when you get into work.
- Throw out all your old to-do lists from last week and write the new ones.
- Spreading a smile to your co-workers or friends is the best option to feel good and make others pleasant.
- Accepting every situation and respecting it. Creating a positive vibe will boost mood and enhance productivity at work.
Arrange lunch with your loved ones or plan a simple coffee meetup with your close friends. Treat yourself to your favorite drinks or foods to lift the mood. Always keep in mind to never challenge a lifestyle that will ruin a positive outlook for day or week.
What are some of your favorite ways to beat the Monday blues? I’d love to hear your ideas!