Ever so often we get a bout of Monday-itis, also known as Monday morning blues. After a long relaxed weekend getting back to work and a fixed routine can feel a little depressing. You feel like your energy supplies are low and that you are lacking in motivation. You just can’t be bothered to do what you need to do and nothing seems to hold your interest, motivate or stimulate you. Your productivity is at an all-time low as you sit at your desk feeling absolutely deflated and uninterested in work.
Here are some tips and tricks that can help you overcome those energy slumps and bounce right back into work mode.
The primary cause of your lack of energy is most likely to be dehydration, especially if you have had a weekend that involved a lot of alcohol or was super busy. Research shows that being dehydrated can impact your concentration and energy. So make sure that you have a nice healthy drink of water to rehydrate and observe if it is making a difference in how you feel.
#2: Healthy Snacks
Low blood sugar can also lead to a drop in energy levels. Keep a supply of healthy snacks close by to nibble on when you feel low. Fruit and nuts like pistachio or almonds are recommended as an ideal snack which will increase your energy levels and boost your productivity without being too high in sugars or carbohydrates. Healthy snacks will stabilize your blood sugar level without sharply spiking it.
#3: Citrus Scents
Scents can stimulate our senses and our concentration. Citrus scents are especially effective. So bring out the lemon and orange to stimulate your concentration and kickstart your workday. Depending on your office environment you can use scented candles or atomizers. Hand creams with citrus scents can also get rid of sluggishness and boost your concentration.
#4: Plan and focus energy
If you find yourself feeling low on energy at any point in time, take a breather to stop and plan. Feeling overwhelmed can cause you to be distracted and demotivated. Reevaluate your daily tasks and goals, prioritize them and pick the top three things to focus on. Do the same for your weekly schedules.
#5: Switch to low mental energy tasks
If you are really low on energy and unable to concentrate, then use your time to do low mental energy tasks instead. Put aside tasks that require a high level of accuracy, skill or competency for later. Filing, sorting out emails, decluttering your desk or even dusting it are all low-level housekeeping tasks that can keep you busy when you’re not on your top game. It is also best to get them out of the way because when you do have high energy levels, you will be able to focus on your priorities and not get distracted with these low priority tasks.
#6: Identify your genius zone.
There are some things that you will find more pleasurable, rewarding and satisfying to perform. These are usually jobs that motivate you and are closely linked to your skillset. They are things that you are good at and passionate about. This is your genius zone. The only problem with the genius zone is that because you like it so much, it can distract you from things that you actually have to do. It is best to be hyper-aware of your tendencies to procrastinate in the genius zone and consciously move towards the tasks that need your attention.
Tackling those times when you have sluggish moments, low energy levels or low motivation is important to remain productive and accomplish your daily tasks. Don’t let Monday-itis get to you now that you know how to address it.
- Keep healthy snacks close by
- Use stimulating citrus scents
- Spend time planning your day or week
- Complete low energy ‘housekeeping’ style tasks.
- Get dehydrated
- Try to do high mental energy tasks
- Get distracted with things that you like to or have fun doing
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