Career | Increase your motivation to work on Mondays

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Regardless of your position or working environment, embracing Monday morning can be troublesome. But there are a few things you can do to ease the pain.

There is a reason why mondaymotivation has become a popular Twitter hashtag; everyone loathes Monday mornings. We dread the impending meetings and deadlines, or the office tension and politics.

We never think of the positive possibilities. A new week should bring a renewed sense of motivation and determination, not negative thoughts. So how can you change that mindset?

One of the first things that will get you ready for a new week is by having sufficient rest during the weekends. Aim to get at least nine hours sleep on a Sunday to give you the boost of energy you need to get through Monday.

One of the reasons why you do not recover from a stressful work week is because you don’t switch off from work. If possible, avoid checking your work emails and other things. You need to relax and recharge for the week ahead. By switching off from work, you will feel more motivated to work on a Monday.

It is hard to kickstart your week when you have no idea of where to start, or what to do. Spend the last 15 minutes of your Friday work putting together a plan for the next week with three to five small but necessary tasks for a Monday morning. This action will encourage you to get in and tackle your tasks while easing you into the working week.

When we dress well, we feel confident and powerful. Pick out your favourite clothes to wear on Sunday evening, having them ready for the day ahead. This will give you the added boost required for Monday morning.

If these blue feeling continue from Monday, try to identify what is impacting your motivation at work. Do you still like your job? Do you get on with your colleagues?

Once you identify the problem, find a solution for it. Your Mondays will become a lot easier once you do.