Today is a bad Monday. I’m tired, I spilt coffee EVERYWHERE (including on my shirt), my brain doesn’t feel switched on and all I want to do is go back to bed. I need a serious Monday motivation plan of action to turn things around!
So, here are the 5 things I’m doing to beat the bad start to my day and bring back Monday motivation.
1. Accept that you have a choice – then make one!
On days like this you have to make a choice – wallow in self pity which will only make your feel worse…
Accept that you don’t feel great and commit to finding a way to make things better.
It’s not about pretending that everything is OK. It’s about working to put yourself in a positive mindset where you look for the good things instead of focusing on the bad.
This leads to my next point…
2. Ditch the pity party and write a list
I’ve noticed that a lot of the people I follow on YouTube, Instagram and via blog practise daily gratitude. Usually in the form of writing short lists for the things they’re grateful for each day.
It’s so easy to let yourself get consumed by whatever is bothering you (even when in the wider context of your life – it’s not a big deal!). So, in 2018, I’ve started writing gratitude lists.
Despite my less than ideal start to the day – things are pretty good.
- Even though I ate enough to feed a small country over the weekend, my skinny jeans still fit!
- My shirt doesn’t really show the coffee stains from the earlier accident
- Mary (Our CEO) brought a unicorn cake to the office today – I have an AMAZING job!
- After a cloudy morning, the sun has come out.
- My friend called to ask if I want to go for dinner later. (can you tell that food plays a big role in my happiness?)
Once I start, I keep thinking of more things to add to the list – some big things, some small things. Suddenly, I’m not fixated on whatever was getting my down.
3. Go outside
Super simple. Even if it’s only for 5 minutes, get outside for some daylight and fresh air. Being indoors all day can have a negative affect without you even realising. Getting away from your desk can also help you snap out of a bad mood and help you reset your state of mind.
Once you’re outside…
Go for a walk! It’ll help get the tension out of your body. If you can fit in a quick workout – even better! Exercise is great for releasing feel good endorphins. I notice a huge difference in my mental health on the days when I am active so I try to get at least a 30 minute walk in every day.
Worst case scenario, I make myself do 50 jumping jacks. It might sound silly and not like much but it works! Plus, it’s an easy win which leads me onto tip number 5.
5. Find easy wins
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to do list or specific tasks, find small things you can achieve easily.
This will put you in a positive mindset, build momentum and, give you the motivation you need to get bigger tasks done. For example:
- Clear the clutter on your desk.
- Answer 3 easy emails.
- Do 10 minutes of mindfulness.
- Post some thank you cards.
We’re big fans of using little wins to help you achieve bigger things and mention it a lot in the Super Mentor Academy program for event professionals.
Instead of beating yourself up, find something small that will boost your mood. Get your nails done, call a friend, look at photos of cute puppies on Instagram. I recommend googling “Quokka”. You can thank me later…
Whatever works for you – do it!
Personally, I’m boosting my Monday motivation by heading outside for a walk and I’m going to pick up some really nice, fancy chocolate. Dark chocolate has been proven to make people happier – and if science is telling me to eat chocolate, who am I to disagree?
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