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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 October 16, 2018

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives.

Learn from these highly successful people’s personal development skills, turn these skills into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Increase Brain Power, Boost Memory and Become 10X Smarter

2. Keep certain days clear

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

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7. Don’t try to do too much

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew.

Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else.

This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then.

Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

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Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

If you find yourself easily distracted and can’t focus, this method will help you overcome distractions.

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14. Never stop

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it.

Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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