It’s Monday - A Fresh Perspective on the Most Dreaded Day of the Week

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

It’s Monday - A Fresh Perspective on the Most Dreaded Day of the Week

 

I’ve never been a huge fan of Mondays but, in my recent years, I’ve realized that they are not so bad! My perspective is something that I can change - and as with most unpalatable things in life, I’ve taken that approach to Mondays.

 

When I worked in the operating room and had a weekend off (I had every other off for years), I will admit to dreading Mondays. I was never quite ready to head back to the hospital on the first business work day of the week. Once the scrubs were donned and I met up with co-workers/friends in my OR suite, the day of the week no longer mattered to me. There was no room for dread or depression - it was buckle-down and happily focus on saving lives.

 

Hitting anything in life head-on takes thorough analysis…or simply downright boots-on-the-ground life experiences. For years in real estate, I would dread Mondays and I’ll be honest, at the end of some Mondays, I am still ever so thankful the day is OVER! 

 

In real estate, Mondays are catch-up days for most lenders, paralegals, attorneys, inspection offices, surveyors - heck, almost everyone we work with has weekends off! So, on Mondays, we field calls and emails from all of them and often have further work to manage as a result of their contact, whatever it is. For instance, a lender may be calling or emailing for a specific document that all parties need to sign. That turns into getting our client to sign and then notifying the other agent that we need their clients’ signatures - and them getting those signatures in a timely manner. Even if I don’t have to remind the other agent again about the document(s), I still need to receive it back from them and get it back to the party that requested it. 

 

That’s ONE call or email pertaining to ONE client! When I am loaded with clients (for which I am ever-so thankful), my Mondays often don’t end until midnight. It’s nice to be busy but, I will admit to a little resentment for those who call me - after my having worked a full weekend and them not even having to answer a work call on the weekend - demanding that I provide something that they suddenly need from me. I work with amazing paralegals, attorneys, lenders and all of my vendors but, we all know these things happen - either on Mondays or the day prior to Closing! 

 

What about that fresh perspective I was referring to?

 

Monday

After many frustrating Mondays, I realized that I was the only one who could change my dread for Mondays. I had to change my OWN perspective and I had to figure out how to make Mondays palatable to me! 

 

Dissecting the problem was easy as pie; the solution, while it also sounds easy, took some time to figure out. I decided to approach Mondays like I run my business - simply staying at least a step ahead. 

 

It takes very little prep but, knowing what stage each of my clients are in and the proximity to Closing in which they are helps me strategize. Also, knowing the vendor as well as the agent on the other side helps tremendously. Then I strategize…

 

Who needs what? Better yet, who could possibly need what?! I email very early Monday morning or even Sunday evening, asking what is needed. Mondays are my days to reach out to agents on the other side of transactions anyway but, if it is a Closing week, I also touch base on the Friday prior to Closing. I remind them about utility transfers and also confirm with them that if anyone needs anything for Closing, that they will be available on Monday to touch base, etc. Inevitably, I can shoot another agent a text saying we are missing a document and I will be sending it to them to be signed within the hour and they almost always respond immediately! Prior to my ‘routine’ Friday calls, it was definitely hit or miss and I spent a lot of time chasing paperwork. No more!

 

As I sat in the surgical waiting room (hubby had very minor surgery) this morning, I had all of my client follow-ups handled and was actually able to write some posts! I changed my perspective and it made for what could have been quite a chaotic day - trying to balance a long personal appointment with very important business - into a peaceful, calm Monday. 

 

Perspective matters. If Mondays stress you out, understand that there is nothing you can do to change the fact that it IS Monday. However, you can try heading them off at the pass by setting a plan and changing your perspective - it works! Of course, there will be interruptions in your day and little surprises along the way but, what is life without a few twists & turns?!

 

It’s Monday - make the most of this beautiful day!

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | It’s Monday - A Fresh Perspective on the Most Dreaded Day of the Week

Comments (32)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Great minds, Grant Schneider! Those who do not plan will never understand the freedom we give ourselves when we do!

 

See you shortly!

May 25, 2021 09:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It really does all fall on us, Carol Williams! Being self-aware is more helpful than we ever knew it would be when we were children too! LOL 

May 25, 2021 09:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Debe, for sharing some of your personal experience and perspective.

May 25, 2021 09:40 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you for stopping by, Roy Kelley! Perspective is something we can definitely change in life, isn't it?! Happy Tuesday!

May 25, 2021 10:19 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Even though I am a big Carpenters fan, I have always enjoyed rainy days and Mondays!  For us, every day is a work day anyway.  I have a friend just relate to me that he picked up a business call at 10 pm and wondered if it was appropriate for the call to be made at that time.  My response, if I person is still working at 10pm, appreciate that you have someone so diligent working for you.  

May 25, 2021 12:12 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS, I used to have a love-hate relationship with Sundays for the longest time. While I loved the daytime, I dreaded the night time knowing I was that much closer to Monday. Luckily, with the help of many talks with myself, I changed my mindset. Now, I love each and every morning. I hope Ray is doing good.

 

May 25, 2021 12:48 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Debe honestly I never understood folks dread for Monday and in a way still don't.  To me it was all a mind set and just another day that ended in Y.  As for working in ER, I can understand how it would be challenging to go back and in be on the line to help save people after a few days off.  A dear friend of mine from college had a dread for Monday big time.  And she carried it through until this past year.  She decided to retire her CPA gig and wrote me a note...... Anna you're not going to believe this but I no longer have a dread for Monday. Monday's are now so much fun as I see it like you always did.....a brand new week, a fresh new start to make stuff happen.  I had to laugh at that as I thought she'd never move away from it.   Glad you figured it out sooner!

May 25, 2021 01:28 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH my goodness, I loved the Carpenters, Raymond Henson, eXp Realty! I don't mind rainy days because of that song! LOL

And, like you, it's a sign that someone is working hard for my clients when they phone me after 9PM - and I totally appreciate that!

May 25, 2021 01:50 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I remember that dread on Sunday evenings - I had it when I worked in the hospital. I didn't want family time to end! But, today, it's not nearly as 'dreadful' to me and establishing a plan always seems to get me through these hiccups in life anyway, Beth Atalay

May 25, 2021 01:51 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you so much for the feature too, Beth Atalay! And, thank you so much for asking, he is just fine - a routine check-up.

May 25, 2021 01:52 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, it's so nice not to dread Mondays any longer and what a funny story about your CPA friend, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker! I too am thrilled that I learned to approach them differently...it's all about attitude, isn't it?!!

May 25, 2021 01:53 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Yes indeed it is all about attitude and perception.  And that includes everything in life....not just another day that ends in y LOL!  Yea, my friend is loving her new found 'thought' freedom place!  Too funny!!  She always thought I was too polyannaish!

May 25, 2021 02:05 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Debe Maxwell, CRS,

Perception is something we can change with the right attitude. I'm so glad to see Ray is doing well and it was a routine check-up..always sending positive vibes your way..you are so amazing on so many levels.

May 25, 2021 04:24 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe, Monday's are not that bad.  After all what other day of the week can say it had a top hit song written after it.  ☺️

May 25, 2021 04:36 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good evening Debe! Such a day. How I wish I was sitting on your deck tonight. LOL

May 25, 2021 07:36 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

You know Debe, at this point I'm not really sure what day of the week it is. And, I have to laugh. As I was getting ready for an auction this morning, Larry had to remind me that today is Wednesday and not Thursday!

May 26, 2021 07:32 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, how sweet you are, Dorie Dillard Austin TX! Something tells me that if we lived in Austin or you here in Charlotte, we would be best of friends! We think alike, manage our business/clients alike...and I hope to be as wonderful a grandma as you too!!

May 26, 2021 12:41 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Right?! I don't know too many Thursday songs, do you?!! 

Have a great Wednesday, George Souto!

May 26, 2021 12:42 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You are too funny, Rocky Dickerson! Know that you are welcome to come join us any time you want!

May 26, 2021 12:43 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

HaHa! I have days like that too, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400! This week is flying by and I'm not sure I'm going to be ready for FRIDAY! LOL

May 26, 2021 12:44 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Mondays are my favorite.  Never used to be.  Like you, I disliked them.  I have learned to love them though.  I get a lot done on Mondays and it feels good.

May 26, 2021 03:32 PM