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  The beginning of the week often brings with it a mix of emotions—some look forward to new opportunities, while others feel a bit overwhelmed. Regardless of how you feel about Mondays, having a motivated start to the week can set a positive tone for the entire week. Here, I share some simple strategies for a motivated start to the week.
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  1. Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Begin your week by ensuring you get a good night’s sleep on Sunday. Wake up early on Monday morning to allow yourself extra time to ease into the day without rushing.
  1. Plan on Sunday Evening

Take a few minutes on Sunday evening to plan your Monday. Make a to-do list, prioritize tasks, and set achievable goals. Having a plan in place can make your Monday feel more manageable.
  1. Morning Rituals

Establish a positive morning routine. Whether it’s enjoying a cup of tea, stretching, or taking a short walk, incorporating activities you enjoy can help set a calm and focused tone for the day.
  1. Healthy Breakfast

Fuel your body with a nutritious breakfast. A good breakfast provides the energy needed to tackle the day ahead. Include a mix of protein, whole grains, and fruits for a balanced start.
  1. Mindful Moments

Incorporate mindfulness into your morning routine. Take a few minutes to practice deep breathing or meditation. This can help centre your mind and promote a positive mindset.
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  1. Dress for Success

Dressing in a way that makes you feel confident can significantly impact your mood and motivation. Choose an outfit that makes you feel ready to take on the challenges of the day.
  1. Positive Affirmations

Start your day with positive affirmations. Remind yourself of your strengths and capabilities. Positive self-talk can boost your confidence and motivation.
  1. Break Tasks into Smaller Steps

When faced with a daunting task, break it into smaller, more manageable steps. This makes the workload seem less overwhelming and allows you to focus on one step at a time.
  1. Connect with Others

Whether it’s a quick chat with a colleague or a friendly greeting to a neighbour, social interactions can lift your spirits. Connecting with others creates a sense of community and support.
  1. Reflect and Adjust

At the end of the day, take a moment to reflect on what went well and what could be improved. Adjust your strategies as needed, and carry forward the positive aspects into the rest of the week.
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Final Thoughts

By incorporating these simple strategies, you can set the stage for a motivated start to the week. Remember, small changes can make a big difference in how you approach and navigate Mondays.
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This article was first published on 8th January 2024 and updated on January 12th, 2024 at 9:04 pm


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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