Monday motivation: creative ways to motivate yourself

by Lindsay on October 4, 2010

in Motivation

Oh, dear. Here we are again: another Monday morning. If you have a job outside of the home (or even if you have one in the home) it can be particularly hard to get your day (and week) started off on a cheery, merry and productive note.

Creative ways to feel motivated on a Monday

  • Take the survivor approach: challenge yourself to tackle the most difficult items on your ‘to do’ list this morning. Although it will likely be the biggest headache (or at last the most unpleasant activity), getting it done early in the day/week opens the rest of your day to be more enjoyable, or at least spend doing tasks you don’t mind doing or even enjoy doing.
  • Adopt the attitude that you are working for YOU: Sure, you might be working for a large corporation, the government or just someone else besides yourself. However, you are working to meet your OWN goals (paying bills, saving up for a vacation/retirement, to buy a new wardrobe or car, etc…) You get the idea. You’re there for a reason and it’s not to line someone else’s pockets. You are there for YOU. Remember why you’re there. Picture that car you’re saving up for, or all of the bills you can get paid off by working there. It’s your decision to stay or leave.
  • Decide to take a vacation: Even if you can’t afford a 1-2 week vacation, plan a weekend road trip. Or a day trip! Something, anything you can give yourself to look forward to. That vacation you are planning could be to the Bahamas to an indulgent all-inclusive resort or to the neighborhing town/city for apple picking. Just plan your vacation and look forward to it. Think about where you’re going, with whom and for how long.
  • Give yourself prizes: Tell yourself that for everything you accomplish at work this week, you will reward yourself. Set some work goals and create rewards to give yourself at the end of the day or over the weekend. I had a chore chart when I was a kid and it was often the reward I knew I’d get after completing a task that made me do the task in the first place. Why would I be any different as an adult?

And remember…BE POSITIVE no matter what you do. Mondays are hard enough as it is without having a negative attitude accompanying you. Look for the silver lining in the clouds – even if the only silver lining is 5 PM.

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