Looking for a Slam Dunk way to kick off the week? Curious how to build a motivational Monday with just eight tips? These eight things are by no means an end-all-be-all for guaranteed inspiration and a free win Monday, but they’re on the right path. Imagine these as additions that can make your day better. Let’s begin, shall we?
8 Boosts to Your Motivational Monday (And Your Week)
1. Meditation Isn’t Only for the Monks
What better way to prep for the week ahead than to prepare your mind? Making the perfect motivational Monday starts with five minutes of mindfulness in the morning. There are countless, and I mean countless, blogs and websites about meditation, and there’s a reason for that! Meditation has numerous health benefits, both physically and psychologically. Don’t take my word for it, go search on your own and see for yourself why even five minutes of mindfulness can improve your life. After doing that, add it to your routine! It really
F.Y.I.- I’m currently in the process of publishing a book about the benefits of meditation. I’m a little bias about how helpful this practice is, but for good reason!
2. Jot Down Your Thoughts
Different than the daily planner or To-Do lists, when I say “jot down your thoughts” I mean to throw your thoughts onto paper. Spewing your words through the pen and onto paper is a fantastic way to get ready for anything. It allows you to enter any situation with the mental clarity of an empty parking lot and none of those nagging cars (i.e., thoughts).
3. Incorporate Work-Outs
Start the day and the week right with a dopamine rush. Of course, how you do this is entirely up to you, everyone varies, but it is worth the effort. However you do it, give it your best shot and notice the immediate mood boost that being active can bring you.
4. Visualize What’s to Come
Alongside meditation and jotting, you’ll see that visualization has incredible potential. Usually, I try to stray away from anecdotes as support, but priming yourself is far too valuable to pass up in this list. The idea is easy enough, create your motivational Monday first in your head and then follow it with your actions. Set up a ‘how you want to view yourself and your day’ approach to your morning and reap all the inspirational benefits.
For more on priming your day, see Tony Robbins’ How to Prime.
5. Plan Ahead (Be Realistic)
Use your Bullet Journal! If you don’t have one, make one! (they do not sponsor me, I’m just a fan). A bullet journal as I explained in much more depth here, is a fantastic way to sculpt your day full of intent. Intent, to me, is one of the key ways to manage your time effectively and to approach tasks with an improved oomph. So, take those extra five minutes and jot down your thoughts (2), visualize what’s to come (4), and choose the best first task!
6. Use Friends and/or Family to Boost Your Mood
Need a great excuse to hang out with friends? Think it’s time to call your mother? Communicating with others can often be one of the quickest ways to raise you to a motivational Monday! Moods are often cyclical or responsive, so, build off someone else’s good mood! It’s more than a free resource; it’s a hidden gem that you can tap whenever you need it.
This option isn’t for everyone. If talking to family or friends actually brings you down, then maybe stick to the books and a strong tea will work for you!
7. Don’t Find Inspiration, Create It
I’ve heard it from friends, colleagues, classmates, teachers, and many more, that inspiration and motivation is something found not created. How true is that? Are some destined to be more task-orientated than others, or is there something else going on here? I’ll keep my answer short. (As I will certainly explain more in a later post) Motivation isn’t something found, but instead, something earned. You earn motivation when you tackle a problem that interests you. You earn motivation when you want to make a change and action can cause. You earn motivation more often than you find it, and it’s all about how you view it.
Find an Interest in the Mundane
Be overly-optimistic. It’s an easy way to appreciate the things around you, and more often than not, it leaves you feeling better than you started. Think that being optimistic isn’t as easy as flipping a switch? I couldn’t agree more, but if you take enough small steps (each with intent), you’ll soon find yourself being that overly positive person smiling in the corner.
8. Read More Posts! (Or Any Content for That Matter)
I’ll keep it pithy, make sure to read more! Even if it’s not my content (which would be shameful!), reading encourages so much growth and gives you the tools you need to succeed throughout!
On the Road to 1000 Followers!
That’s a crazy number to reach. Already, Domincusation is at over 700 followers and still climbing! It’s incredible to see people interested in these ideas and commenting as often as they do! I hope that I can continue to make content that is inventive and useful! Enjoy your motivational Monday!
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