The start of a fresh workweek is stressful—deadlines, demands, and expectations can quickly pile up and make us feel defeated. Instead of jumping out of bed on Monday morning, ready to conquer the week, you may have to fight the urge to fall back asleep. But you’ve got stuff to do, and ignoring all responsibility is simply not an option. So, what to do? Motivation is something many of us struggle with, but fortunately, there are some actions we can take to help give ourselves a boost on those Mondays when we just aren’t feeling up to it. Here’s our best advice for how to set yourself up for success this week.
When you have a billion things to do, feeling overwhelmed is pretty much inevitable. That feeling can kill motivation, but creating lists in order of priority can help you craft a course of action to crushing your goals. On Mondays (or even Sunday evenings), write down a list of tasks and goals you need to accomplish that week and stick to it. That way, when you’re not sure what you should be working on at any given moment, you can refer to your list and see what needs to get done. You’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment as you check things off your list, which can provide a mini-motivation boost.
We can’t stress the importance of quality sleep enough. If you’re on a tight deadline, you may feel pressured to stay up all night to complete it, but that can actually be counterintuitive—An estimated one in three adults is sleep deprived, which leads to range of issues from difficulty concentrating to irritability. A lack of sleep can place a huge obstacle in front of your goals. Avoid the inconveniences of sleep deprivation by committing to getting a full night’s sleep as often as you can (ideally, every night).
Give Yourself A Break (Or Three)
A full night’s sleep is crucial to a productive week. However, you may still feel burnt out even after getting rest. If this happens to you, don’t be afraid to take some breaks while you’re working. Building breaks into your schedule is an excellent way to set yourself up for success. Even a brisk walk outside can clear your head and help you get back on track.
Another idea we recommend would be to do a few yoga moves to increase circulation and give you a small energy boost. A short meditation can also work wonders for your motivation levels. Find something that feels good to you, and work it into your schedule so that you’re taking regular, refreshing breaks.