For me it’s about TGIM! Stop hatin’ on Monday

mondayFor far too long I have sat back and not said anything or ranted about this topic but today that must change. Today I must confess my love for something that for many of you may seem weird, unusual, horrendous, and yes even unpatriotic. I am in love with Mondays! Phew there I said it.

Every Monday morning I wake up to messages like the following:

“All the coffee. #monday

“I love driving [sic] on Monday morning we are all in such a great mood! There should be only 2 kinds of pedestrians allowed on the streets during rush hour, the quick ones and the dead ones….”

“Well we have come to another sunday night…which means tomorrow is monday FML can we just skip to friday!”

These messages and a million more are plastered all over facebook and twitter. People are screaming for their weekends not to end. They are hating on Monday as though it did something wrong to them.

Well to all of them I say this: you my friends are in the wrong professions. You my friends are hating on Monday when really it is you, you should be hating for picking boring and mundane professions that do not give you the thrills and excitement that my Monday gives me. For far too long Monday has been the dreaded day so far removed from Friday (only after 4pm), Saturday, and Sunday that it strikes fear, anxiety, rage, and even sadness in so many hearts across the world. People are working for the weekends (for crap sakes there is even songs about it).

What the hell? Why? I know it sounds really weird but Monday is the beginning of a whole new week for me. Monday is the day I get up and I get to work on all the things I love. This is not to say that I hate my weekends but rather appreciate all the days for what they have to offer. Monday is a good chance to start all over again. Monday is the day when I get to start having all my “beerstorming” meetings, my awesome phone calls from clients who want to work on crazy ideas and fun videos begin again, my long lunches and my meetings with clients at the Great Canadian Bungee or at the National Art Gallery come to shape. Sure my weekends are filled with cottage time, sports days, family and friend time, but if you’re careful about what you choose to do in life you will never have to live just for those 2.5 days out of the 7 day week.

Choosing is hard believe me I know it. But holy shit to only live for 2.5 days out of 7 seems crazy to me. Monday can be a glorious day if you search long and hard for what it is you want to do.

Happy Monday everyone.

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Forget about the kids: I declare naps and recess for adults

So my last post was about how we manage our time and the relationship we have with time. I have often thought about this and is something that I think kids get right (ok so maybe we get it right for them, good old forced nap time). I mean when you’re younger, full of energy, and don’t even really have a concept about time (other than you want everything NOW) you get nap time and recess. To this end I have always asked what the HELL do they need nap time for? Oh right they might get cranky if they don’t get nap time. Well guess what folks adults get cranky too when they don’t get enough sleep and I say that any culture who has implemented the Siesta has got things right.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing cultural relationships with time that I have seen while traveling and observing work cultures all over the world has been the Flinstone (if you don’t know what this is then we can’t be friends) complete shut down. I once had the pleasure of working in an extremely small community where everyone and everything shut down when the clock struck noon. I mean it was absolutely amazing to watch as people poured out of the work place between 12pm and 1pm to join their families. They had lunch, they talked, they played games, the whole community was involved and for that 1 hour no one was thinking about work. This was essentially the community recess. People were let out to play, to be themselves, to not be consumed by the work they were doing. It was absolutely beautiful.

The community had a beautiful ebb and flow and really taught me a lot more about life. We as worker bees making this planet spin round and round need to really take time for ourselves. It is so easy for us to get wrapped up and to truly believe that we are so damn important and that this piece of paper or that contract or that whatever the hell it is so friggin’ pressing that it can’t wait for 2 minutes. Our world is speeding up faster and faster and I wonder when fast will become too fast for everyone. Can we increase production infinitely? can we speed up our lives any more?

What happens when you are in your car and you are driving faster and faster, the scenery around you becomes more blurry. Well living life is really not that much different. We say it all the time but we don’t do anything to make it happen, we need to slow ourselves down, we need to appreciate where we are and appreciate what is around us. Because if we don’t slow down there is always a higher chance that we might just crash!

So this is what I want to know, what slows you down?