It is a Monday morning and most times we tend to be blue and not exactly excited that a new week has begun. Who cares? We want the weekend to last forever but we also need to make money to ensure we can have fun and not starve during these highly coveted weekends.
Monday blues are real and often result from when you do not like work or you feel underappreciated. They describe a set of negative emotions that many people get at the beginning of the workweek.
Mondays can have a negative impact on your performance and productivity—as well as the people around you. Your emotional state can affect the quality of your work. When you are sad about Mondays then you end up being less productive or creative, less engaged and your output would be on a low bar.
So here are some tips on how to stay motivated and beat the Monday blues.
- Start your day early
- You would be off to a bad day at work on Monday if you are running late to work. If you also start the day in a rush, the rest of the day may seem gloomy. Try waking up earlier on a Monday morning, this would afford you some ‘me time’. The only way to do this is by sleeping early on Sunday and getting enough rest. This way you have more time on your hands and you would arrive at work on time and with less stress.
- Prioritize and plan your week ahead
- Your week may be full of meetings and deadlines already. Plan for your week by creating a rough roadmap on what you need to get done. Write down the important things you must get done and prioritize them. Keep it visible during the week to be sure that you get them done.
- Plan your Monday on a Friday
- Before you leave on Friday take 15 minutes to jot down ideas or tasks you need to do on Monday. Usually, on Friday afternoon, your mind is more at ease and you are able to think clearly. This will give you a good place to start your day on Monday. Be sure you do not leave behind daunting tasks on your desk on Friday as this could lead to having a Monday filled with procrastination.
- Do not allow Work creep into your weekend
- When you leave the office on Friday, leave your office problems there and focus on enjoying your time off. Avoid checking your work emails over the weekend if possible especially if you won’t be able to attend to them until Monday. Identify and define the boundary between work and your personal time. If you can do so then you would not feel bad that your work crept into your holiday. You have to enjoy the weekend and unwind o the new week can be productive.
- Make an effort in your dressing
- This may make you laugh but when you and plan and dress for success, nothing else matters. Dress up and have fun while at it. It is a Monday morning not a funeral so make it the day to wear your favorite new outfit. This can help build your confidence around the office and might get you a few compliments from colleagues. When you look good, you feel good. Feeling good about yourself deflates by half being depressed about work Mondays.
Monday is the most important day of the work week. It is also the most stressful or the hardest but this in the real sense is just a perception. There are always ways to work at the same pace, we may even already be doing this. But once it’s a Monday then it feels like more work. Start the week out with an attitude of gratitude and positivity and watch the rest of the week slide by effortlessly.