Monday Motivation – April 20th, 2015

If you’re like me, you woke up this morning excited about the week ahead: the projects at work, the opportunity to learn something new, the possibility of making a few nice meals at home…But if you’re like me, then you’re also overwhelmed by the possibility of doing all these things which ultimately kills your highest level of productivity.

So in an effort to get the most out of your week, here are 6 tips for staying focused and motivated!


Set Attainable Goals

This one may seem simple, but it’s worthwhile to add to your Monday routine. Set a few goals you know you can accomplish each day, as well as a few ambitious goals for longer stretches of time, and you’ll be happily surprised by what you can accomplish.


Make Lists

I realize not everyone is as Type-A as I am, but making lists always helps me get more done. Whether it’s hourly (thank you, Google Calendar and iCal), daily, weekly, or monthly, find a process that works for you and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing off the completed tasks.


Take Breaks

Taking breaks may seem counterintuitive if you want to get a lot done throughout the day, but taking short breaks during your work day helps you refocus on the work you have to do. Bonus points for drinking a cup of coffee or having a snack during your break, as caffeine in an appropriate dose for your body can boost productivity, and leveling your blood sugar can keep you from crashing.


Reward Yourself

Pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Whether it’s buying a new lipstick or sleeve of golf balls, finally getting tickets to that show/game/festival you’ve been meaning to attend, or setting aside time to just be, rewarding yourself for hard work throughout the week helps motivate you for the tasks you still have to work on and refreshes your work ethic.


Keep Your Workspace Tidy

Many folks see a messy desk as a sign of exceptional productivity: how could a person who’s accomplishing so much at work possibly have time to keep a clean desk? Some folks work better with controlled chaos, and I certainly understand that. But keeping your desk tidy is a great way to keep you from losing valuable time hunting for that paperwork you need or a file you can’t seem to find. I love taking some time each morning at work to straighten things up so I know exactly where everything is when my week gets busy.


Time Yourself

I love the hourglass on my desk. It’s an hour-long hourglass and I love using it when I write or work on more challenging tasks, because it gives me a tight deadline to work with and motivates me because I know I can take a short break when the time is up. I love this inexpensive hourglass as well as the timer on my phone in a pinch.


Motivational Quote of the Week

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” {Julie Andrews}

What are your hints and hacks for productivity?

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