Monday has to be the worst day ever.
Sunday is just as bad, knowing that when you go to bed that night, you’ll have to face Monday tomorrow morning.
To top it off, it’s raining here in Toronto, and it’s making me want to crawl back into my warm, comfy bed, pull the duvet over my head and sleep all day.
But I can’t do that, because I have to get back into a routine and get out of this “Monday” slump.
These days, all of my days feel like Mondays.
I’ve been in a slump where I don’t feel motivated enough to do anything. I’m getting a lot of housework and cooking done, and honestly the apartment’s never been tidier, but that’s only because I’m procrastinating doing all of the stuff I should be doing.
Let’s see… a) reading articles for class tonight, b) working on assignments due in two weeks, c) writing blog posts (at least I can check this one off!), and d) just doing anything productive that isn’t watching TV or movies or playing freecell on my phone..
I’ve been pounding back cup after cup of coffee, but the only effect it’s having is on my bladder.
I have a few tips for getting out of a monday slump.
Create a Schedule
Schedule your day out the night before, and actually stick to it.
So, in my case.. I’m blogging until 3:30pm, and then reading a few articles for class tonight until 4:30, getting my things together, and heading to class for 6pm.
Regardless of anything else I want to do, I can’t.
I have to stick to this schedule.
Write it Down
Make a list of everything you have to do, and cross it off as it’s done. It’s so satisfying when you can cross things off. Trust me.
AND – it’s actually a proven fact (you can read it right here) that writing down your goals makes them more achievable because you can focus on what you’re seeing. Awarding yourself when these “goals” (or tasks) have been completed is that old-school “you can have your ice cream if you eat your veggies” mentality, but it works.
In this case, write your blog post and read those articles for class, and you can have a beer when you get home!
If you’re keen on lists and organization, check out the bullet journal.
Distractions are Bad
Find a room in your house/apartment that’s your “work” space; something with few distractions that will keep you focused on what you have to do. Sometimes I enjoy going to a coffee shop and writing, but even that can be super distracting.
I have an office in my apartment, but I choose to write in the living room.
Would I get more work done in the office? Absolutely.
Should I probably start doing more work in there? You betcha.
I should probably start doing that.
So, there are only a few tips for getting out of a monday slump, but it’s best to start small in this case.
Slow and steady wins the race, right?
I’m going to get more coffee.