Do you dread the start of a brand new week?
Do you have goals that excite you but struggle when it comes to getting into the headspace needed to pursue them?
If you keep dreading Monday and often start the week unmotivated, the sluggish feeling and lack of motivation can follow you throughout the rest of the week.
Whatever your plans may be—start a creative project, commit to a fitness program, be extra productive at work—starting can become incredibly hard if you lack the motivation.
While you cannot stop Monday from coming, it is reassuring to know there is no shortage of ways you can deal with Mondays better.
Banish Monday blues for good by keeping the following tips in mind:
Be easy with your to-do list
It’s understandable to want to be very productive on Mondays and start the week on the right note.
However, overloading yourself with to-dos can be counterproductive.
Ideally, you should start slow but steady and keep your Monday to-do list as manageable as possible.
Keep in mind that pushing your limits unnecessarily would do more harm than good.
Make time for your workout routine
When you have a lot on your plate, skipping your workout can be very tempting.
However, skipping your workout can only leave you feeling more sluggish and lazy.
Starting your Monday (and week) with a great workout session can help release the happy hormones that can help improve your mind, body, and overall mood.
Write your worries down
Taking inventory of the good things can help put you in a good mood and help you start the week motivated.
Writing down all your worries can be just as beneficial as listing down the things you have going for you.
Moreover, writing your worries down can also help you release any pent-up stress and help you become more productive and calm.
Avoid being too hard on yourself even when the personal and work pressure seems overwhelming.
Each day, make it a point to have some much needed “me” time and pamper yourself.
It does not have to be grand all the time.
Even a skincare session before going to sleep or a quick coffee date with a friend can already go a long way.
Find something to be thankful about each Monday and celebrate it.
With a similar attitude, you will find Monday is not that hard to deal with.
Make someone else’s day
If Monday has you feeling down, try doing something for someone else.
Often, a gesture of kindness will not only make you forget about your worries, it can also help you feel better about yourself.
When you feel good about yourself, motivating yourself shouldn’t be as hard.
Have plans after work
While difficult, you need to strike the right balance if you want to motivate yourself regularly.
Don’t make work the center of your life.
Make sure you have a life outside and after work.
This can be as simple as finding time to catch up with friends, watch a movie, or read a book.
Having a life outside of work will not only make you feel motivated, it will also give you something to look forward to.
Take quality and restful sleep
While it can be tempting to binge-watch your favorite series and party with your friends until the wee hours of the morning, you need to prioritize getting enough rest and quality sleep.
Waking up well-rested can help you stay motivated and rejuvenated so you can effectively take on any challenges that are thrown your way.
Do not work during weekends
Ensure you are plugging off from work completely during the weekends.
Don’t check work emails, answer any work-related calls, or do any work over the weekend.
This is important so you can establish work and life boundaries and won’t feel overwhelmed.
Get yourself a gratitude journal and start off each day (and Monday) by listing down at least 5 things you are grateful for.
It would also be great to list down at least 5 things you will tackle during the week.
Your lists will not only make you feel motivated, it can also help you set a positive mood for the week.
Get Yourself Some Head Start
The attitude you have at the start of every week can play a massive part in how your week goes so make sure you start your Mondays on a good note.
As much as possible, aim to start each week with focus and determination.
If you feel like you are stuck or in a rut, do everything in your power to get yourself out.
The techniques and tips we have laid out above should help you master Monday and the rest of the week with utmost ease.
Also, it would help a lot if you prepare in advance for whatever it is that you want to tackle for the week.
This is important so you won’t feel rushed, stressed, and pressured as you usher in the start of another week.