Get a Jump On Your Mondays

Own Your Mondays: Three Tips to Avoid the Monday Blues

Do you feel a tremendous lack of motivation on Monday mornings? Do you find it difficult to transition from weekend mode to work mode each week? Well, if so, you’re not alone. This feeling of sluggishness and lethargy that many of us face each week has a name:

The Monday Blues.

If you’re suffering from these Monday Blues week in and week out, I want to offer some suggestions to help turn Monday into a day you actually look forward to and benefit from rather than a day you dread.

After all, let’s face it, Mondays are here to stay, so we might as well learn to OWN them!

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How To Love What You Do Even If You Do Not Love Your Job

Entrepreneur Tim Ferris wrote a book called 4 Hour Work Week. This book inspired millions to see their careers differently, search for ways to start their own businesses, and escape the monotony of doing work that they did not love. In this book, Tim describes how at dinner parties he has a hard time answering the popular question “What do you do?”. This is because he has found ways to separate “What he does” from how he creates income. He creates income by running his businesses, but on any given day he could be DOING a number of activities that have nothing to do with creating income. Now, you may not be a multi-millionaire business owner yet, but you too can separate “What you do” from the means you use to create an income. We aren’t all going to land our dream job right out of college, and everyday is not going to be a walk in the park. But it is imperative that we learn to find happiness each day regardless of how we feel about our jobs. Here’s how:

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Becoming a More Valuable Employee

New to the job? Are you looking for ways to be a more valuable team member? Do you want to “get noticed” for the right reasons? Below are a few ideas to get you started. As New Grads, we often lack the many years of experience that our coworkers have. While you may be relatively inexperienced, with a little drive and determination, you can still be an instrumental member of your team. Take a look at these quick tips:

Be a Self Starter

From Day 1, build a reputation as a self-starter. Definitely be attentive to direction and open to advice, but also keep your eyes open for other things you can do to add value to your team. Finish your projects ahead of schedule and immediately begin working on the next without being told. Independently do research on common office problems (efficiency, expenses, productivity, time-savers) and come up with solutions that you can pitch to your boss. Instead of waiting for performance evaluations, go to your boss and elicit constructive feedback from time to time. By actively seeking constructive criticism, you will show that you are taking interest in your professional development and that you are eager to be a better team member. A self-starter is very valuable to any team. Self starters are independent, and they require little supervision. Your employer will be happy to have you around.

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