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5 Ways to Increase Your Motivation to Work on Mondays

5 Ways to Increase Your Motivation to Work on Mondays

Regardless if you are a student, an employee or running your own business, it is a problem to keep motivations up during Mondays. Most of us look forward on seeing the weekend. Though weekends can be relaxing, it is the work we accomplish during weekdays that pay our bills and take us closer to our goals.

What we also don’t realize is the fact that Mondays can kick start a beautiful week. It can keep the entire week’s productivity up as it offers momentum for the rest of the workweek. So how do we increase our motivation to work on Mondays? Here are five things that you need to remember.

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1. Sleep early on Sunday.

One of the things that can get you excited to work on a Monday is by having sufficient rest during the weekends. A long slumber is a must especially on a weekend. To give you that jolt of energy on Monday, it is a must to complete at least 9 hours of sleep on a Sunday. This makes a huge difference especially waking up. You will be well rested excited to get moving on a Monday.

2. Prepare your schedule ahead.

A lot of us have no idea what to do on a Monday. In fact, a lot of individuals simply figure out what to do for the entire week once the nine-to-five work starts on that day. One sure way to increase our motivation to work on Mondays is by planning the schedule for the entire workweek during the weekends.

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How does it motivate you to work on a Monday? It simply reminds you that there’s work to be done and you already need to get up.

3. Identify reasons why you are unmotivated to work.

Have you experienced feeling unmotivated to perform at work, not only on a Monday, but also on other days of the week? If so, you might as well identify the reason why. Is it a negative work environment that stops you from being productive during Mondays? Or perhaps, you are already experiencing burnout at work?

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Once you have identified the problem, try finding a solution for it. For instance, if you are already experiencing burnout from work, why not ask for a vacation? Or, you can also try a new hobby after work to keep stress to a minimum.

4. Detox from work during the weekend.

It is frustrating when you don’t get enough rest from your weekend. This is why you see people too tired to work on a Monday.

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One of the reasons why you don’t recover from a stressful work week is because you don’t necessarily switch off from work. Instead, you still read emails and other things that are basically work related. Having personal time makes perfect sense especially for someone who is always busy at work. By switching off from work, you will feel more motivated to work on a Monday.

5. Find the right attire for work.

Ever wondered why corporate jobs require employees to dress formally? It has been proven that people change their attitudes depending on what they dress. This is why you notice people to talk and walk differently when they wear something formal.

One simple and effective way to increase our motivation to work on Mondays is simply by choosing the right clothes that make us feel good. On a Monday, why not choose your favorite outfit that gives you a sharp look?

Conclusion

Mondays always seem like the hardest day at work. What we don’t realize is that it is only a perception. You can always find reasons to work hard at any given time of the day. With these simple tips, hopefully, your Mondays will also be better.

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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