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Post Labor Day Weekend: Staying Motivated At Work

Staying Motivated At Work

“Happy Wednesday!”
–Said no one after a three day weekend.

As we enter the mid-week slump, you might be finding it difficult to get back to work and stay motivated at your job. This is a pretty familiar feeling for all of us—especially after a long break.

While the summer months are over, the season of change is upon us. This is a great time to start anew and reinvigorate your routine. We know it’s difficult to get your work done and do it well when you’re going through a weekend hangover. But, it’s still possible to be productive and make work feel like it’s not work. 

No time to read? This infographic should do the trick.

Seize the Day

Fear not! We’re here to help light that spark and get you mentally prepared for what’s left of the week. (You only have two days left. Hang in there!)

1. Decide

Getting started is the hardest part of anything. You can’t move forward if you don’t take that first step. Decide to do. Concentrate on only one thing: the present. Your past weekend or upcoming future may be creeping into your thoughts and distracting you from your to-do list. But there just isn’t room in your head for this.

Practice mental minimalism, and develop a clear and ambitious focus.

2. Prioritize

Time management is the key to structuring your day.

If you’re feeling apathetic or tired, get motivated by writing a list of to-dos down and start with the most unpleasant tasks first. Doing so will help you get it out of the way and make it more likely to leave work feeling accomplished. 

Consider when you’re the most productive, and organize your day around that.

If the sheer size of a task is intimidating, divide and conquer. As you work through your day, focus on what you’ve done instead of what’s left to do.

3. Accomplish

The adrenaline rush of checking something off your list can getting addicting. But after a while, maybe the excitement wears off. If this happens, be sure you know the why for your work. Being passionate about the meaning of your job gives you and your goals a purpose. Knowing this, can take you far and help you keep up the effort.

Persevere and keep that intensity going strong. Think of how you want to end your day and allow your motivation to take you there.

It’s As Easy As 1, 2, 3!

Decide to get in the zone. Prioritize your day. Accomplish it all. With these three simple steps, you have no excuse but to move forward and tackle your work.

Feeling stressed out? Listen to your body and calm your head. Meditating or getting a full night’s sleep will make it easier to think and manage anxiety. Taking this time for yourself will help you out in the long run and even save you time.

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