How many times have you seen or heard people complain about Monday? It seems like the society nowadays is not excited to start the week, always looking for extra motivation and an extra cup of coffee on a Monday morning. It is always a little challenging starting a new work week.
Even though you’ve heard that success comes with consistency, perseverance and positive attitude, many individual still drag Mondays, hoping that they can pick up activity and motivation up closer to the end of the week. Monday is going to come whether you look forward to it or not. Since you can’t choose your circumstances, why don’t you change your attitude to make sure you can tackle each Monday successfully? Here are a few tips that will help you stay more organized and get the most of your work week.
CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” You may have heard this phrase, often attributed to Anais Nin. This quote reminds you that often you see reality through a lens of your perception; your beliefs and outlooks on the world can influence how you see the world. The same idea can be applied to attitude towards the start of the week. Starting the day in a bad mood means you are less likely to have a positive outlook on challenging or stressful situations and those will definitely come up sooner or later. So why not reverse the formula, right? Start the day with positive affirmations, remind yourself of the things you look forward to; or even better schedule something that you enjoy doing on a Monday instead of leaving it for a Friday. Spend some time doing something that inspires you and brings your mood up. It could be something as simple as putting a nice outfits, treating you to a great meal or signing up for a yoga class on a Monday. If you are not a morning person, maybe a solution for you is going to bed earlier on a Sunday, so that you can wake up rested. In other words, find something that actually makes you feel like you are starting your day productively, with a positive attitude.
PLAN AHEAD AND ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
Whether you are a student or a new worker just starting your career, a long-term dedicated employee, a manager or a business owner, one thing is true about you: you are a busy individual. In your dynamic culture where everyone pursues multiple activities, communicates with multiple individuals and has several things to deal with at the same time, it is crucial to remember to stay organized – at least in the key areas of your life. Take some time out of your weekend to look at your schedule and plan ahead for the upcoming week as yourself: What are my goals? What are my key tasks? How was I since my last planning session? Am I ready for Monday? These questions are as applicable to your work or business activities as they are your everyday life. If you ask them regularly, you will have a clearer version of your immediate and long-term future, which will make you feel more determined and organized in the beginning of the week.
KEEP AN EYE ON YOURSELF
There are two things you need to do for yourself to make sure that you keep yourself in check. Keep yourself accountable – after you’ve set your goals and tasks for the week/month, keep track of your progress. Write your tasks down, or use online apps to check off what has been completed. Seeing your progress will help you stay motivated, as well as make adjustments to what you can realistically accomplish in a given time frame. Take care of yourself – if you are one of the people who forget about yourself during a busy week then put self-care into your agenda! You need to have some days or activities that replenish your energy so that you can continue to stay motivated and follow through with your goals. Both your physical and your mental health are important.