Everybody hates Mondays. That’s pretty much the general consensus, isn’t it? You’re tired. You’re cranky. You’re often disoriented and disheveled, never quite feeling like yourself. The weekend seems to have ended prematurely and you’re never ready to return to the rat race of the working world.

Maybe you didn’t get enough rest over the weekend even though you vowed to sleep in for a change. Perhaps you were so busy running errands and doing household chores that it hardly felt like you got a break from labor. Or, you might have had such a good time at a family party or a trip to the amusement park or exploring the city that it is difficult to let go of the good times.

Whatever the case may be, the last thing you want to do on a Monday morning is have your nervous system be jolted by the piercing sound of an alarm clock, drag yourself out of your warm, comfy bed to the cold bathroom to get ready, and climb in the car to commute to work among the masses of other 9-to-5’ers trudging to their day jobs.

Yes, Monday mornings are often a difficult burden. But maybe we’re looking at them the wrong way. Maybe instead of looking at Mondays as the worst day of the week and Fridays as the best, we should flip the perspective.

Think of the work week as a cup of coffee. Which sip of coffee is better? That first savoring sip from a hot cup that perks you right up? Or the reluctant last gulp of lukewarm — often cool — liquid that is more a chore to finish than a pick-me-up?

Talk about a no-brainer!

Why not treat Mondays as the first sip from the delectable cup of coffee you yearn to get your hands on? Start the week off craving a tasty mouthful of energy and refreshment. Use that energy to be productive and start the week on the right foot. By the time you get to the end of the week, you’ll have made great progress on whatever you happen to be working on for the week. It’ll make Fridays all the more pleasant knowing you’ve accomplished a great deal, and you’ll feel like you’ve earned the weekend break that awaits you.