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Six tips to help you find your Monday motivation

A hint of the weekend still on your mind? Feeling slightly sluggish? We’ve been there. That’s why in this week's article, we wanted to focus our discussions on finding your Monday motivation. 

At Pareto, we’re big believers of positive mental attitude. Positive mental attitude, PMA, is a philosophy which teaches that having an optimistic disposition in every situation, attracts positive changes and most importantly, increases achievement.

Without a doubt, positive thinking is contagious. People around you detect your mental moods and are affected accordingly - it is a great skill to acquire for those looking to progress into leadership roles.

Backed By Research:

According to researchers at Michigan State University, regular positive thinking can help you develop inner peace and success, whilst improving relationships, health, happiness and personal satisfaction. 

As well as maintaining a positive mental attitude, it’s important to get into the right mindset and adopt habits that you can draw upon in your next role. Here are just a few tips to help you get your week off to the best start, with optimal productivity:

1. One Thing At A Time
Focus your attention on one thing at a time. Allowing your mind to focus on one task often boosts creativity, helps maintain concentration and each time you complete a task gives you a motivational boost.

2. Write A List
It doesn’t need to be an essay, just jot a few notes down to remind you of the tasks you have and when they are due. Keeping these to hand will allow you to mentally prepare yourself to accomplish this list and allocate time for each item.

3. Stick To A Plan
If you have a plan in place try your best to stick to it, nobody likes the feeling of too much work creeping up on them. The more you plan your workload the more likely you are to achieve the goals you have set.

4. Make Sure Your Goals Are Within Reach
If you think that a task will take you too long or you are not adequately resourced/prepared to complete the task, then make sure you only add it to your ‘To Do’ list when it is achievable within your timeframe. This way, you are more likely to reach your goals and feel a sense of accomplishment.

5. Make The Most Of Your Time
Effective time management is the key to success. Start early, ensure you have adequate time for breaks, prepare a lunch that you enjoy and take the time to speak to those around you. Having time away from your desk and your work is essential to remain productive. If you wear yourself out during the morning, become hungry, tired and irritated then this will strongly affect the way your afternoon plays out.

6. Review Your Performance
Give yourself a pat on the back, you’ve earned it! However, it is always beneficial to identify areas for improvement. Make sure to note down these examples and what you would do differently next time you work on that task. If a pattern starts to emerge, you may want to invest in a training programme to improve your knowledge and increase your overall development opportunities.

“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”.

With these tips in mind, you can get your week off to the best possible start! By setting small, scalable goals every week, you are more likely to progress in your graduate career. 

Have you been struggling to find your Monday motivation? Our experts are always happy to talk through your future aspirations and how we can help you on your journey. Speak to a member of our team now.

 

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