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9/30/2018 4:50:21 PM

9 tips to chase away Monday Blue

It can be difficult to come into work after a nice weekend of relaxation. That’s how we have the term “Monday Blue”, the worst day of the week.

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Many people face a set of negative emotions at the beginning of the workweek. Although it’s easy to remain in the post-weekend slump, it’s important to pull yourself out of it so that you can be motivated to get work done. Being stuck isn’t beneficial and only allows negative thoughts to fester.

Here are some tips on how to chase away the Monday blue:

Organize your desk. When your desk is full of clutter, it is difficult to get any work done. Papers and post-it notes that are strewn all over your desk can be distracting. This can cause you to be unable to focus on your job. Consider clearing your desk so that all of your attention is directed toward the task at hand.

Ignore social media. After the weekend is over and you’ve returned to work, you’ll probably have the desire to see what everyone else is doing. Refrain from checking your phone for the latest updates. It will just make you long for the weekend and regret going to work. Instead, concentrate on your work and then check your phone when you get home.

Wear your favorite outfit. Wearing your favorite work clothes can put you in a positive mood. When you look your best, you usually feel your best. This confidence can result in a can-do attitude that permeates the workplace. Use this new outlook to tackle some tough tasks and stay at the top of your game.

Make a list of the things you’re excited about. “We often look at the week ahead of us and think of all the tough stuff we have to do and the difficult tasks ahead of us,” Kjerulf says. “Turn that around. Sunday evening, make a list of three things you look forward to at work that week. This might put you in a more positive mood. If you can't think of three things you look forward to, that might be an indication that you need to make some changes.” 

Plan your next getaway. Monday don’t seem so bad if you have a break to look forward to. Try to plan a fun event for the weekend or start to think about your next vacation. It doesn’t have to be a big trip, but it should be something fun. That way, each week won’t be an endless cycle of going to work and then going home.

Keep track of accomplishments. Just because you are an adult doesn’t mean you can’t reward yourself for a job well done. Keep a list of your achievements at work or some of your own personal victories within eyesight. When you begin to zone out or become unfocused, your eye will catch the list and you’ll be reminded of all your accomplishments. That little reminder can give you a boost of motivation so that you’ll complete your work. Stay determined!

Get a good night sleep will ensure a brighter start of the week.

Take time for yourself. Not everyone is a lean, mean, working machine. Working nonstop will only result in a decline in work quality. Try to take some time for yourself and institute breaks throughout the day. Get some air and a change of scenery for a short amount of time. You’ll feel refreshed and then be able to take on your tasks with fresh eyes.

Get enough sleep and wake up early. Go to bed a little early on Sunday night and be sure to get enough sleep so that you wake up feeling well-rested. Although it might seem counter-intuitive, waking up an extra 15 to 30 minutes early on Monday morning can actually make going back to the office easier. Having a little more ‘me time’ instead of feeling like you're trapped in a time crunch can make that transition a little easier.

Taking the time to enjoy a healthy breakfast, do some exercises, or take the dog for a walk can help you feel more centered for the rest of the day, and can help you remember that you're not a robot who just sleeps and works.

Be positive. You can choose your attitude to start the week, like “attitude of gratitude". Take time to recognize and appreciate the things that you enjoy about work.”

This starts before you even get to work. To pump yourself up on your way in to work, try listening to your favorite songs. Think about the type of playlist you would create for a workout, and incorporate that same upbeat, high-energy music into your morning preparation or commute.”/.

  ( VNF (compiled) )
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