Treating a case of the "Monday Blues"
Ahh, Monday's.... the start of yet another fresh week. As if Mondays weren't already hard enough, most people are now working remotely by themselves all week until further notice.
On today's 9:00 AM video chat, it was clear by the looks on their faces that the Diversified Team was experiencing a severe case of the 'Monday Blues.' A cloudy, gloomy day in New Jersey, it's easy to get sucked into a negative thought loop.
Rather than letting the blues win, Diversified's employees suggested their favorite way to get motivated to start the week:
Create an up-beat, "feel good" playlist full of your favorite songs that you can sing along to that you know will lift your mood. Diversified's Social Media Director Gabby D. has a playlist titled "Pick Yourself Up" that she created as a mood booster to avoid getting into a slump. (Check out Mike Rose Jr.'s "pick me up" song here.)
Watch an inspirational video on YouTube. Agent Nichole recommends watching something like "The Grind" at the very beginning of your day to get into the zone and set goals that you want to crush this week.
Do some kind of physical activity, whether it's going for a walk around the block, doing push-ups, sit-ups, etc. Senior Specialist Andrew recommends any kind of movement to step away from the computer for a few minutes and then refocus.
Fuel your brain with coffee breaks, a snack, and fresh air. Taking some time out of your workday to enjoy some coffee or tea outside can help clear one's head. Jeannette enjoys taking coffee breaks while sitting outside with her kids for a couple minutes each day. Getting some fresh air is a great way to relax and clear your head.
Create a solid "To-Do List," and get yourself organized. It feels good to accomplish things, and having an agenda will make sure that you finish everything that you planned. Diversified employee Tracy says when she constantly organizes herself, it reminds her to get right into what she has to do.
Remember your "why." Sometimes, we just need to remind ourselves why we do what we have to do. Amidst the current crisis, we can think about things like our family to get us in the right mindset to work hard throughout the week so we can connect again after all of this is over.
It's undeniable that there will always be some challenges when working from home. "Overthinking is the enemy," says Diversified's Senior Specialist Michael. "I need to do anything that allows me to get outside of myself."
If you find yourself feeling sluggish come Monday morning. take some time to figure out the best way to drive concentration and have a positive outlook on what you want the week to look like.
Struggling to beat the Monday blues? Try a few of these out for yourself and let us know which one of Diversified's suggestions worked the best for you.