A lot of us wake up feeling like a zombie on Monday mornings… no determination, no inspiration, no MOTIVATION, yets we have a week’s work ahead of us.
What if I told you there was a way to make you feel motivated and even like Mondays? Let’s get you into working human condition, shall we?
Below are four ways you can fight your tendency of hating Mondays so you can start your work week off right.
1. Identify the problem
Monday mornings are a struggle for most people. In fact, one of my favourite quotes alludes to the idea that even those who adore their jobs hate Mondays. It is this: “Even art gets up at 8:00 am on Monday.” Regardless of if you are a rockstar or a corporate accountant, we can all relate to the struggle of getting out of bed and putting ourselves to work.
However, we all have different reasons for WHY this is a struggle. For some of us, it may be leaving our spouse and children behind for the day. For others, it may be that we find no enjoyment in our jobs. Still, others may simply hate leaving the cozy comfort of their beds.
If you want to conquer Monday mornings, you need to identify what it is that you hate so much about getting up and going to work. Then, you need to make a change or come to terms with this problem.
2. Early to Bed Early to Rise
If you are having trouble getting motivated, the issue may not be with your job; it may be that you don’t sleep enough or that you sleep too much. As recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, most working-age adults (adults 18-64 years old) should get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Any more or any less and you may find yourself groggy and slow to start in the morning.
If you want to start your week off right, get to bed early Sunday night, get 7-9 hours of sleep, and wake up early enough to give your brain a little start up time.
3. It is the weekend, relax
One reason you may not be feeling motivated at the beginning of your workweek is that you haven’t actually given yourself a break – you are run down from the last work week which somehow extended into your weekend.
Sometimes working over the weekend is inevitable, but giving yourself time to recharge is absolutely essential to maintaining your motivation and quality of work.
4. Plan Ahead
What does your Monday morning look like? If your first hour of work involves repeatedly “checking” your email, logging onto your social media accounts, or staring at a random list of tasks—you’re doing Monday wrong.
Instead of coming into the office with no game plan, and really no direction, give Zombie-Monday you a break! Before you leave the office on Friday, make a list of what you want to accomplish on Monday.
Revisit your list Sunday night before bed, so it will be fresh when you wake up in the morning. If you do this, you’ll be able to walk into the office confident about what you need to get done.