Monday motivation: 7 ways to get your groove back

by Lindsay on August 30, 2010

in Motivation

Since it’s summer time, I find I have a hard time motivating myself to do much work in the office. Sure, I do it – I get my job done and I do it well. But I do it begrudgingly, longingly looking out the window and willing the day to pass so I can get out. I look for breaks during the day to escape to the sunshine and walk around and enjoy the lovely weather. After all, we only get it a few months out of the year here in Toronto. It is hard for me to stay focused, especially on a Monday. I’ve lost my groove.

Have you lost yours? I don’t mean the groove you get when you’re on the dance floor (anyone who’s seen me dance doesn’t want me to get that groove back!)

Our groove is when we are in sync with ourselves and the world around us.  It is can be described as:

  • being in “the zone”
  • being at our absolute best
  • doing a task with complete focus and concentration
  • feeling accomplished and productive
  • doing a good job and knowing it

Reasons for losing our groove are aplenty. Job dissastisfaction, not being challenge, personal problems/issues, health concerns, feeling overwhelmed or just wishing you were outside and not trapped in a cubicle during the sunniest houres of the day. When we lose our groove, we lose enthusiasm for work and life.

So how do we get it back?

  1. Realize you’ve lost it! If you don’t know you’ve lost your groove, how do you get it back? Taking a good look at yourself and your level of happiness and taking a realistic ‘groove check’ is advisable.
  2. Make a ‘to do’ list. Then, prioritize it. It feels so good to scratch things off! That’ll motivate you to do more!
  3. Do something you love every day. Doesn’t have to be at work. Doesn’t have to be all that time consuming, either. Just something you love.
  4. Change one thing about your appearance to make yourself feel good. Always wearing your hair in a pony tail? Wear it down today! Sounds silly, but I’ve started ironing every day and spending more time on my hair. It makes me feel good and look better!
  5. Be creative at work – ask for a project or task that challenges you if you haven’t been given any.
  6. Listen to music while performing mundane tasks at your desk.
  7. Get out of your comfort zone and learn something new every week.

    Got some good advice for how to get your groove back?

    Share it here. And Happy Monday!

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    Suhail August 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I like your blog because it always gives me something to think about and lots of practical advice. A lot of blogs I read are very self-absorbed, almost like a personal diary which are not in the least bit interesting. Yours offers something unique and I look forward to reading it every day. Thank you!

    Lindsay August 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Thank you Suhail! I'm so glad you find it valuable and your encouragement will help me keep plugging away!

    Ian @ Personal Devel September 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Change one thing about your appearance to make yourself feel good.

    I think a lot of people don't realize the power of this. Especially if you feel like some major changes need to take place. If that's the case why not create a new character? A new you? Tie it back into your goals and the person you want to become and you'll get amazing results.

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