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Mondays are hard on everyone. However, if you’re working through the weekends as well, Mondays can be even harder on you. After a few weeks, it may seem automatic. However, in order for your brain to be functioning at 100%, you need to give it a break over the weekend. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated on Mondays (or any other day for that matter).
4 Easy Ways to Stay Motivated on Mondays
#1) Prioritize Your To-Do List
Plan for Monday on Friday. Truth be told, I do this habitually every workday, but this is especially important on Fridays (or whatever day your workweek ends).
On the last day of your workweek, write down a to-do list for Monday. If you can, prioritize it. I spend the last half hour of work doing this and getting papers, books, document files ready for the next workday.
It is comforting to know that when I get back to work, I don’t have to worry about all of that housekeeping. In addition to that, writing all of that down will help your mind disengage as well. It’s like you’re purging your work-related thoughts at the end of the day so that when you leave your office, you’re leaving your work life behind.
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#2) Disengage Over the Weekend
Seriously, you need your downtime. Not only does your body need the downtime, but your brain also needs it. It’s one of the biggest organs you have, but you should think of it more like a muscle. Yes, you need to exercise it but you need to rest it as well.
Sometimes, asking someone to disengage from work for the whole weekend is too much. That’s okay. Start with a day first. Focus on not thinking about work for a full 24 hours.
Don’t think about anything professional or anything that has to do with your job. Don’t even mention work. Don’t check your e-mail. Leave your phone at home if you have to.
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#3) Workaholic Mantra
If you’re anything like me, you’re a workaholic. My fiance has to tell me to stop thinking about work when I am away from my office. When we are spending time together, I should be spending time with him instead of dividing my attention between him and my thoughts about work. Random things that we will encounter outside of my job will make me think of my job.
So I’ve come up with a mantra that works for me. When I start thinking about work, I just say this to myself and try to flip to the switch in my brain from work to play. Find a mantra that works best for you.
#4) Productive Mondays Do Exist…Somewhere
Mondays are known for not being productive. No one wants to be at work. We’re not ready to flip that switch from play to work yet. Let me tell you though, if you get to work on Monday and it gets to be so bad that you can’t get anything done, you’re probably not giving your brain enough downtime over the weekend.
That being said, that excuse isn’t going to fly well with your boss. So here are some tips for being as productive as you can be on Mondays:
- Avoid energy suckers. Try not to associate with people who seem to suck all that energy out of you at work. If you must, keep the contact to a minimum.
- No snoozing your alarm. Get up early. Believe it or not, if you actually get out of bed when your alarm goes off, it’s like you’ve won the battle over the “snooze monster” that lurks deep within your sheets. Actually waking up earlier helps a lot of people be more productive in the morning. It’s a scientifically proven fact.
- Have a not-to-do list. Sometimes a “do-not-do” list is just as important as a to-do list. So after you write down that important task list of yours, write down a list of things that you shouldn’t do that day. That may differ from day to day. One day the main focus could be “no social networking” and the next day it could be “stop texting your man when you get bored.”
Now it’s your turn. How do you deal with Mondays? Do you have a relaxation technique that helps you hit the restart button over the weekend? How about an organizational tool that helps you keep track of the tasks that you have waiting for you at the office when you get back? How do you show “Mondays” who is the boss? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Share your ideas and questions in the comment section below.