Feeling motivated on a Monday morning isn't something many people manage on a weekly basis. It can be difficult and this may be for a variety of reasons. Maybe you didn't get enough sleep on Sunday night, maybe you don't enjoy your job, you could be dreading a piece of work you've been putting off or you may just feel you have too much to do and not enough time to do it.
Whatever the reason, it can be hard to find the motivation you need to start the week energised and motivated.
So, here are my top tips to start your week well.
1. Prepare your 'to do' list on Friday before you finish work for the weekend. Knowing you have a plan of what you need to get done can help you feel organised and more in control. This can help you get a better nights sleep on Sunday night. Many people lay awake on Sunday nights, going through in their mind what they need to do on the Monday. By preparing your work day tasks beforehand, it takes it out of your head, allowing you to focus on a good night's sleep.
2. Get up a little earlier than usual. I know this isn't something you like the thought of for a Monday morning but it can be really effective in starting your week off on the right foot.
The average person arrives at work around 9.20am. They then spend time catching up with colleagues and chatting about their weekend. Once they've made a drink and settled down to work, it can be around 11.00am. It isn't long before lunch plans start to be thought about.
This means that you can get halfway through your morning without achieving anything and at some point in the afternoon, you could be playing catch up and start feeling the pressure of how much you need to achieve that day.
By getting up earlier and getting to work earlier, you can make a start on your day sooner which will make you more productive, less stressed and more motivated as you will be in control and feel that you are achieving your tasks. You will still have chance to catch up with colleagues about the weekend but can do it without paying for it later in the day.
3. Another reason people struggle is because they don't feel motivated or challenged by the work they do. If you find it difficult to get up and go to work, repeatedly, it is worth taking some time to think about whether you are in the right job or whether you are ready for a change.
My previous post 'To Make The Jump Or Not' covers some useful areas to consider when
thinking about making a career change as well as some exercises to help you reflect and think about your options.
4. Another way to tackle those Monday morning blues is to bite the bullet when you get to work and focus on the tasks that you find more difficult or that you don't really want to do.
By getting these out of the way first, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and can then spend the remainder of your day working on the more enjoyable tasks.
Taking this approach doesn't sound appealing but once you've tackled those more difficult tasks, you will feel more motivated, accomplished and less stressed about them sitting there waiting to be done.
It can always be easy to find reasons not to do something or find other things to do instead. If you've ever had to put together flat pack furniture you'll know what I'm talking about! However, it does always feel great once you've done it. So, don't put off those difficult tasks, crush them instead!
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Happy Monday everyone!