Daily Manic Monday

Are you in a Groundhog Day rut? Does yesterday look like today which resembles tomorrow which also reminds you of yesterday?

For those of you who don't know the reference to the classic movie, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray finds himself trapped in a time loop, and every day is identical. Every day, events repeat themselves from the original day. He is only able to break out of the loop when he changes his thinking fundamentally, by embracing all aspects of his life.

Entrepreneurs are often in this rut. Every day is a manic Monday, and the concept of a Friday, let alone a weekend is inconceivable.  Sometimes this loop is unavoidable, but here are a few pointers for yourself to stay sane when you are in this cycle:

  1. Give yourself a timeframe. Learn more about timeboxing and the Pomodoro technique
  2. Make sure you see a light at the end of the tunnel. Take a step away from the business. This will allow you to see the entire picture holistically. If there is no light, it's time to abort mission.
  3. Make sure your team has the same calendar as you. If you are the only one without a weekend, take steps to change that.
  4. As the character in Groundhog Day did, change your thinking fundamentally. If you are really meant to work hard on your startup, and it is bringing you joy, isn't everyday actually a Friday?
And if you need some more tips about how 19 different entrepreneurs got out of the rut, these tips will help.

Let us know if you agree with this comic. How do you deal with the Monday blues?


Unknown said...

Kriti, #2 is interesting. Is light at the end of the tunnel the same as having hope?

Not sure I completely agree with #4. Sometimes it's just hard-no matter what you do, and there is no feeling of joy. And it doesn't feel like Friday, or Monday, or any other day for that matter.

Entrepreneur Fail said...

@James Yes to hope on #2! And I agree with your point about #4, but let's see if I can aspire to making everyday a weekend!

Unknown said...

Very timely post for me now that I'm back pursuing a new project. Looking forward to catching up.

Entrepreneur Fail said...

@Lourdes look forward to hear about your new adventures!

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