It’s Monday and sometimes Mondays are a drag. Even if you love what you do, the transition from a fun and free weekend to emails and phone calls can be tough. Here are some ways you can get over the Monday blues and start off a fun and productive day.
Our lives are filled with experiences of music changing our moods (for better or worse!). Use this to your advantage by making a morning playlist. Include songs that lift you up and put you in a positive frame of mind. You’ll be humming along in no time!
A little bit of exercise can go a long way! Exercise stimulates chemicals in the brain that make us feel better and more relaxed. A walk around the block, a trip to the gym, whatever your thing is – do it and feel better!
- “Eat that Frog”
It sounds strange (and a little gross), but this saying comes from a book of the same name by Brian Tracy. Essentially, do the thing you dread first thereby making the rest easier and free from procrastination. Try it — once you’ve “eaten the frog” the rest of your day should be more productive and just a bit brighter.
- Work on What Excites You
Now this may seem to contradict the point above, but remember everyone works differently and the goal is to find what works for you. Sometimes when I’m stuck on a project, putting it aside and working on a project that I have been looking forward to is just what I need to help me “un-stick” the other project.
- Step Outside
There are so many reasons why taking a break and going outside can help your mood. It can help clear your head to improve your focus, you’ll get a little sun that helps produce Vitamin D (which we all can use more of), and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with your community — something that many of us who work on the computer all day can easily miss out on.
- Do Something Else
This last items piggybacks on the previous two. Sometimes it just isn’t going to happen. Instead of beating yourself up about it (and thereby making your mood worse) go do something else. If you work for someone and you can’t physically leave, switch to a different task. If you work for yourself, go to a museum, go to the beach, work on a home improvement project that has been on your mind. When you return to your desk, you will find that you are ready to get started!
A couple of points to keep in mind. Not everyone likes to lift their mood in the same way so find what works for you. Try a technique and if it doesn’t work try something else. Keep a list of those that do work, so when you are feeling blah, you can scan the list and do what feels best at that moment. Also, don’t try too hard to lift someone else’s mood. Energy is contagious so focus on yourself and see the shift take place across the office.
Have a great Monday!
I’m sure you have noticed that there have been many articles lately about the increase in second home purchases. While reading several of these articles, I came across an article describing a product of this trend called “House Swapping”. House swapping is exactly like it sounds. You and another person or family live in each other’s homes for a period of time. The benefit to both parties is a vacation without the lodging expenses and an experience different from that of the normal tourist. Now of course there are down sides to strangers living in your house, but you can see how it allows a kind of flexibility that is hard to find when booking traditional vacations. There are even website that help connect swappers:
- Digsville Home Exchange Club
So if my last post got you thinking about a long overdue vacation, give home swapping a thought and read the article referenced below. House swapping may give you the opportunity to explore a new place or experience an old one from a different point of view.
Read the entire article from MarketWatch: All the comforts of home by Rachel Koning Beals
Happy Independence Day! As we were planning our 4th of July festivities, I came across two separate articles about the importance of taking vacations. Personally, I have never had a problem using up my vacation days but apparently Americans are taking fewer and fewer vacation days every year.
Here are some positive benefits of vacations:
- Cures burnout (the last stage of chronic stress)
- Prevents health risks of stress
- Increases positive mood, initiative and optimism
- Increases job performance
- Improves family time and relationships
- Improves communities and community involvement
The catch is that you have to take your vacations. Leave your laptop and your Blackberry at home and give yourself a chance to recharge. When you get back to work you may find yourself producing your best work yet!
Read these articles to learn more:
Vacation Campaign – Work to Live
Take Back Your Time – an initiative to guarantee paid and unpaid time off for employees
Vacation Advocacy - a fun site from Universal