Do you hate Monday mornings? Or any working day morning for that matter? Do you hit the snooze, eventually roll out of bed and then drag yourself to work feeling less than impressed?
Many of us have been there, myself included. Here are 8 tips to help you feel more motivated and to enjoy your working days.
Get prepared the night before
Like with anything you need to get the foundations prepared first. And with this I really do believe that getting prepared the night before is key to helping your Monday morning, or any morning run smoother, be more enjoyable and less stressful.
Whether it is making your lunch the night before, making a list of tasks that need to be completed or choosing your clothes ready for the morning getting yourself organised will save you time and effort the next morning.
Wake up earlier
This one tip has really helped me and now I love waking up earlier and I feel more positive and energized about the day ahead. Ideally we should all be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, so this may mean you’ll need to shift your bedtime to accommodate the earlier start. Making sure you have something planned for that additional time you will have in the morning will also make getting up that little bit easier. It might be exercise or working on your own project or even taking that time to focus on yourself. I found that if I didn’t have something specific to do in the morning then it was all too easy to hit the snooze and go back to bed.
Eat a healthy breakfast you know you’ll look forward to
This specific tip also helped me with getting up earlier. I was never a fan of breakfasts, mainly because I was always in a rush and so would either skip breakfast or I’d grab toast and personally I think toast is quite dull.
By getting up earlier I was giving myself more time to make a decent breakfast that's healthy, that I enjoyed and that I’d have the time to sit and eat it without rushing. Getting in a good healthy breakfast will give you energy for your morning and you’ll feel less sluggish.
Exercise is well known for releasing endorphins and boosting your mood. So getting in a session of being active in the morning can help set the tone for the day. It doesn’t have to be anything excessive, take the dog for a walk, go for a jog or do some light yoga. Not only is this a healthy habit to get into but it also gives you a chance to clear your mind and focus on yourself.
Dress for success
Many of us feel better and more positive when we look good. I personally always feel more put together and professional when I’ve got matching underwear on, smart clothing and I’ve made an effort with my appearance. When working in an environment which was super casual and quite male dominated I didn’t make any effort with what I wore and I often felt demotivated throughout the day. This was the same when working from home, I’d stick on my comfy clothes and then just wouldn’t feel that bothered about getting much work done. It’s psychological.
So now, starting with the foundations again, I make sure I’ve got on undies that make me feel great (even if no one else will see them) I pick out my outfit the night before and make sure it’s something I am looking forward to wearing and I’ll wear a shade of lipstick that gives my mood a boost. Even if you are working from home or in a really casual environment, dressing well really might boost your mood and motivation.
There are two lists I’d recommend making. The first is a to-do list of goals and tasks for the day or the week ahead. This will give you a clear view of what you need to accomplish and you can break it down easily.
The second list is a list of things you are excited for and looking forward to doing that day or week. Whether it is a social engagement, a nice dinner that evening, a new class you are taking or that your favorite show is back on that evening. Right it down so you have a list of positives to look at when you feel your motivation or mood slip.
Read or listen to positivity
Take some time to either read or listen to something that makes you feel inspired and motivated. This could be done during the extra time you have from getting up earlier, whilst you are doing some exercise or when on your daily commute. It could be anything from a positive blog post, a podcast on goal setting and motivation or spending some time on Pinterest to gather inspiration for your future. Spend some time doing something you know will make you feel motivated each morning.
Give one or all of these tips a go and see if they increase your Monday morning motivation.