It's Monday again! You probably read that line with excitement or weariness. Either way, our Monday quotes, composed of motivational and humorous messages, could help you start your week with the right mindset.
Indulging or relaxing over the weekend recharges us for another week. Still, for a handful of people, it intensifies their aversion to Monday. And so the term, Monday blues, has already infiltrated our pop culture, from comedy shows to catchy songs.
But in the end, it is all about perspective. Based on a study of 139 employees, the group with the "Monday blues" perspective has a low mood at the start of the week and picks up as the weekend approaches1. Henceforth, researchers suggested companies should design programs to fit their employees' perspectives accordingly.
If you're a working adult or a studying student, look through our Monday quotes to get off to a good start.
Starting with the Mesopotamians and finally adopted by the Romans, the seven-day week we know today has Monday as the official first day of the week based on ISO 8601. However, in Northern America, Sunday is the first day for religious reasons. During the Industrialization Age, people, mostly Europeans, measured their days based on the five working days and marked Sunday as the end of the week.
Whether it's your first or second day, Monday represents another week of work worldwide. And our best Monday inspiration quotes below capture the day's essence.
The future depends on what you do today.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
To have the blues is a known expression for feeling sad; we can't blame society for pairing it with Monday. And so Monday blues is already part of our culture, and we accepted it the way it is. But as mentioned earlier, it is all about our perspective - we can beat it!
We can do the following: identify the problem, prepare as early as Friday, get enough sleep, dress up, and many more. You can start exploring ways to beat the blues, starting with this well-written article from Forbes summarizing the insights of founders, speakers, and coaches.
And While after a relaxing weekend getting back in gear for the week ahead might feel intimidating, check out that article, after you read the Monday motivation, quotes below.
Life is a fairytale starring you. You have the power to write your own story and be the hero of it, too.
~ Joelle Speranza
You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.
~ Shonda Rhimes
I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.
~ Martha Stewart
You do not find the happy life. You make it.
~ Camilla Eyring Kimball
So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.
~ Caterina Fake
It's a Monday morning; a new week, a new day and a new morning to start fresh and achieve your goals.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
~ Anne Frank
We only have one life, and it is very precious, and there's a lot we can do, and there's a lot we should do.
~ Selena Gomez
Famous psychologist Abraham Maslow said, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." Do you need to encourage others on a Monday morning? In that case, you should have a distinct approach appropriate to the situation.
Based on a study, motivation has three factors. First, the expectancy of achieving a result should be high. Next, there should be a great value or reward for finishing the task. And finally, the cost or pain of doing it should be low2. Customizing your message around these three variables will increase your chance of motivating others as Monday rolls around again.
And so we prepared these encouraging Monday quotes to kick start the fresh week with a little more motivation. Perhaps there is no reason to hate Monday after all?
Monday is such a wonderful day. You can start new leaving behind the past week disappointments.
The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
~ Charles Dickens
The scientific community has repeatedly proven that laughter improves our mental health and immune system. So we better be grateful for anybody who makes us laugh on a Monday!
Laughing is the easiest way to manage stress as it naturally decreases cortisol, the stress hormone. It can also alter the effects of depression through the increase of neurotransmitters endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, which are the happy hormones.
Read our funny Monday quotes below if you want to turn your frown upside down instantly and leave behind the Sunday scaries.
Monday is for people with a mission. Those who favor vacations, not weekends.
~ Cristina Imre
#MondayMotivation is the top hashtag aside from #Monday based on a simple search on Instagram. That shows that our posts on social media every Monday motivate others and perhaps ourselves.
To maintain our Monday motivation throughout the week, James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, shared about the Goldilocks Rule in his blog. Based on years of research and a well-known children's story, the concept states that we can sustain motivation when working on tasks with manageable difficulty.
After posting our Monday quotes below, apply this concept to your work and personal goals in the week ahead.
It's Monday. Get a new perspective. Whatever obstacle you're facing—it's not permanent.
The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
~ Walt Disney
Don't let a day of the week have so much power over your happiness. Happy Monday!
~ Andrea L'Artiste
The worst Monday is the one that gets wasted for nothing.
There are various holidays fixed on a Monday. Through the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the USA has three federal holidays permanently moved to Monday - Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Columbus Day. There are also birthdays of important figures like Martin Luther King Jr and George Washington. For a less formal event, we have Cyber Mondays, when online stores are full of discounts, and Meatless Monday, a movement to reduce meat consumption.
Explore more about these occasions as you read the following Monday quotes below.
For more from the days of the week, check out compilations of the best:
Pindek, S., Zhou, Z. E., Kessler, S. R., Krajcevska, A., & Spector, P. E. (2021). Workdays are not created equal: Job satisfaction and job stressors across the workweek. Human Relations, 74(9), 1447–1472. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726720924444
Kenneth E. Barron, Chris S. Hulleman, Expectancy-Value-Cost Model of Motivation, Editor(s): James D. Wright, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), Elsevier,