MONDAY MUSINGS: Priming the Pump

January 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM 2 comments

I must admit, I’ve always found Mondays a bit daunting.

Sure, on Thursday or Friday, or over the weekend, Monday sounds like a great idea. “I’ll get back to you Monday.”  “I’ll finish that project on Monday.” But do I love the day once it actually comes? Mmm…not so much.

The truth is, I actually love the idea of Monday much more than the actual day. Once it gets here, I usually feel a lot of pressure to perform. “Better hurry up, it’s Monday.” “Better not slack off, it’s Monday.”  “Better cram a whole week’s worth of work into one day to make up for running behind, it’s Monday!” Maybe it’s just me…but somehow, I doubt it.

This morning an idea popped into my head that made Monday feel not quite  so…well, Monday-ish. It was the concept of priming the pump. Remember the old Helen Keller movie where she finally realizes that W-A-T-E-R is the wet substance pouring out of the outdoor pump? I can still see her furiously cranking that handle to get more W-A-T-E-R to spill out over her hand as the “aha” moment spilled out over her thirsty mind. It was a revelation!

That’s how I felt when the idea of priming the pump occurred to me this morning. M-O-N-D-A-Y. Suddenly it dawned on me that I’d been doing Mondays wrong my whole life! I always thought of them as the day you hit the ground running “ready or not.” And nine times out of ten, I wasn’t ready.  But suddenly I realized that Mondays could be different. I could set them aside as a time to actually get ready for the rest of the week. To organize new tasks. To fill the fridge with food or put away laundry. To think out what my priorities were for the following week. To prime the pump.

Maybe some of you figured this out years ago, but to me it was a whole new way of looking at the week. So I spent the day doing things I usually just spend Monday feeling guilty about. I went to the gym. I made a grocery story run. I deep conditioned my hair and did a facial mask. I made a TO-DO list. I wrote this blog. Some of you may be thinking, “That’s great for you, but I have a full-time job.”  Good point. Maybe priming the pump works better for you on another day. Or maybe you have to do your “priming” in small steps all throughout the week. Everyone’s situation is different. But even for someone with a full-time job, my guess is that a small amount of Monday priming might just ease the “shock and awe” of that first day back at work.

As I was pulling in from the grocery store today, I heard a guy on the radio talking. His statement grabbed my attention. He said, “Monday is the Doberman of the weekdays.” He went on to explain that most people are scared of Mondays and feel intimidated by them. (sound familiar?) He then closed with, “But like a Doberman, I think you’ll find that the fault is usually not with the day, but with the owner. Learn to master it, and it will become your best friend.” (and conversely, let it master you, and well…you get the idea)

As I listened to the radio I blurted out, “Priming the pump!” Or at least I wanted to. After all, it’s not often that you experience an epiphany before unloading the groceries. Or conditioning your hair. Or, quite frankly…on a Monday!

See you on Friday, when I’ll be sharing about my experience of Interviewing 2011.  I hope some of you are giving it a try too. If so, I’d love you to post a comment and share about your experience…or even some of your answers, if you dare. See you Friday!

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  • 1. Evan Money  |  January 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Good stuff Kim, I think we all over estimate what we can get done in a day and then we are already behind before we start. Many of us are so conditioned to say “I’ll get back to you Monday”, why not Wednesday?

    Also, I hope you don’t mind if I live vicariously through you as you condition your hair : )

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  • 2. Kimosphere  |  January 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I was thinking about that…sometimes getting back to someone on Monday just isn’t realistic. (unless, of course, it’s time critical!)

    Also loved your hair comment!

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