12 August 2015

Struggling with the Monday blues?

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Monday morning may not be the excitement of our week; in fact it is probably the least favourite morning for majority of the workforce. We spend on average ten years of our lives at work (based on a career from 20-65 at 40 hours per week). With this decade of our life given to work, people are now realising work is one of the most important things to get right in our lives.

This week I want to help all the full time workers beat the Monday blues and provide 4 simple steps to enhancing motivation and making the most out of the time we spend at work…

Motivational quotes all over your desk…

Something I learnt from my colleagues and now always have is little quotes on my desk. Every role is faced with challenging and stressful times however it is the outlook and attitude you have often support the outcomes. So why not grab a post-it and pen and write down your favourite motivational quote. Here’s a few to get you going…

"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill

"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." --Oscar Wilde

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." --Thomas Jefferson

15 minute Monday morning prep (before the pub on Friday)…

Weekends are there for a reason… a mini mental holiday! Yet so many of us cannot switch off and let our work stresses and worries spill into our weekend and cumulate extra stress for the arrival at your desk on Monday morning.
 
This is so common yet so simple to overcome! A tactic that many workers find successful is to dedicate 10-15 minutes just before leaving the office on Friday and write all the jobs you need to do. By transferring this from your mind to paper, hopefully you can let go of these worries and have a weekend where work is the last thing on your mind!

Food glorious food…

Who isn’t motivated by food?! If you know Monday morning is going to hit you hard, let your belly take charge and plan a big, filling and delicious breakfast. Many say “the diet starts on Monday”… why? If Monday is already a day of struggle, make the diet start Tuesday, eat that bacon sandwich or maple syrup pancakes and get excited for your Monday morning big feed!

Toughen up and accept it…

Okay so you may have expected the third suggestion to be comforting and kind however, sometimes all you need to do is get to grips and face challenges. Work is part of nearly all our lives and to survive and live a happy life, you just have to accept that Monday morning may not be the best! Just remember that the week will end, the weekend will start and then Monday morning will come around just again. Face it and deal with it!  

Determining if it is lack of motivation, an overdose of stress or a period of grief for the death of the weekend, try these four simple strategies to enjoy work and beat those classic Monday blues.
 
 
 
 
 
As a tomboy child, Holly enjoyed watching wrestling and was The Rock’s biggest fan. She is from a tiny farming village in the north of England and has moved to Sydney to enjoy the city lifestyle. As a conference producer at Akolade, Holly enjoys researching with and learning from key professionals within a range of sectors to produce timely conferences. Furthermore, Holly enjoys how each day in the life of a conference producer is always different and exciting!
 

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