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Read This to Conquer Your Monday Morning Blues Right Now

Read This to Conquer Your Monday Morning Blues Right Now

It’s Monday morning and you have zero interest in getting out of bed to start your day. The thought of facing your responsibilities feels like someone is asking you to build a skyscraper before lunchtime. You close your eyes and pull the covers over your head, wishing that you could rewind back to the start of your weekend.

We ALL know what this feels like. The Monday morning (and sometimes afternoon) blues suck.

If you’re already in the midst of a depressive episode, then the emotional upheaval of Monday morning is amplified exponentially.

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The Monday Morning Blues Will Be Conquered Here

Here’s a quick set of hacks to jump-start your Monday. Get ready to remove any psychic glue that keeps you stuck to your bed. Follow these five simple steps, each of which takes anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute, except for Step Four which takes a whopping three minutes or so. Just know that it all starts with investing briefly in the right mindset to get moving. That will be Step One.

Go, go, go.

5 Super Simple Steps to Overcoming Monday Morning Depression

Step 1: Picture yourself conquering your day and ATTACK!

See yourself for 10 seconds in your mind’s eye moving quickly through your Monday morning tasks. Now envision yourself getting angry with all that psychologically holds you back, all those negative thoughts that weigh you down. They have no right to linger in your mind. Show them who’s boss by jumping out of bed with conviction. Flex your muscles and yell, “ATTACK!” Let’s punt your Monday morning blues out the proverbial window. That’s it. Be angry and let it propel you forward. Know that you will feel better in a matter of a few minutes!

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Step 2: Create the illusion of control by doing something PERFECTLY!

That’s right. Don’t underestimate the value of treating your mind to the experience of setting a tiny intention and completing it to perfection. Choose anything that takes less than a minute to do perfectly and kill it! Make your bed perfectly. Clean your kitchen countertop. Move your papers on your desk so that they all face the same direction. Wipe your sink so it shines. Anything! Then, once you finish, celebrate how well you set an intention and conquered it by proclaiming out loud, “I did it perfectly.” Give yourself some credit— you created a goal and dominated it.

Step 3: Throw out three items you don’t need.

It’s time to get rid of three things to create a small clearing in the closet in your head. Go ahead. Trash your t-shirt with the brown armpits. Throw away your old shoes with a hole through the sole. Dump a pen that no longer writes well. Get rid of that mug with a chip in it. Let go of the jeans with the huge rip in them that makes them unwearable. Only three things. That’s it! Let it go! In fact, it’s very important to tell yourself, “I’m letting go!” as you toss each item. Celebrate that you just contributed to lightening your mind and your life. Stay angry and carry the momentum to the next step!

Step 4: Play a fight song as you break a tiny sweat doing ANYTHING that doesn’t involve sitting.

Now, if you know a song that serves as a “fight song” for you, put it on now! Don’t waste time choosing a song. If you know one, great. If not, forget the music. Here are four recommendations for kick-ass songs that get me moving: Power by Justin Bieber featuring will.i.am., Out of My Way by Seether, and Stronger or Love Lockdown both by Kanye West. Channel the powerful energy offered by the song, as well as the success you’ve achieved in the past three steps.

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Nothing major here. Just do something to get you a bit sweaty! You’ll love it. Get down on the floor and do a 25-second plank. Lie on your back and lift your legs off the ground for three repetitions of 15 seconds. Run in place for a minute. Do a minute of jumping jacks.

You know what makes you sweat. Just do it! Now!

Feel free to let out a primal scream during the song.

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Step 5: Spread The Love and Give A Compliment

As you continue to sweat after your mini-exercise, create some positive karma by telling your significant other how much you love him or her, or text someone who has been there for you during a tough time in the past. Just share something loving. Offer a compliment. Be grateful. Let him or her know how thankful you are for what they’ve done or what they stand for. Spread an ounce of love. Open your heart. This will feel good. I promise.

If you follow my lead and go through these 5 super easy steps, you’ll feel better. Try to carry the positive mindset and momentum with you to the next stop along your day. Before you know it, it will be Friday again.

Let me know how it goes.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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