How to Stay Motivated During a Long Work Week

It’s early Monday morning, but you already feel like it should be Wednesday afternoon. It’s going to be one of those weeks. Where you feel the miles are chipping away, but when you look down, you’re on a treadmill. So, how can you remain motivated and focused when Friday seems further away than eternity? We are going to look at five tips that will help you keep your wits even during the longest workweeks.

Schedule your week in advance

Whether you perform this important task on Friday during the workday or Sunday’s free time, scheduling your week in advance can make it seem shorter, and your goals seem more achievable. Be as detailed as possible and focus first on appointments and meetings. Seeing your entire workweek in front of you will provide you with a much-needed confidence boost. And who couldn’t use a little confidence boost going into Monday morning?

Eat a solid breakfast each day

Coffee seems to be the breakfast of champions for many workers but downing your favorite caffeinated beverage with no other sustenance, isn’t a recipe for success. Not a fan of breakfast? Well, it can be something as simple as avocado toast, a bowl of oats or a convenient breakfast bar. Providing your body with nutrition will help stabilize your mood and keep your energy level up.

Arrive to work early

It’s 7 AM Monday morning and you are running through your house hurriedly trying to find a lost sock and the stack of important papers you need for a meeting. You’re exhausted and stressed, and you haven’t even left for work yet. This is no way to start your day. Wake up at a time that allows you to prepare for the day at a comfortable pace. Furthermore, set your alarm so you can arrive early to your office. This will provide you with plenty of leeway to do something enjoyable before you begin your work. Enjoy a cup of coffee, catch up with a friend or read a book. Starting your workday with a pleasant activity will make the office not seem so daunting.

Use your lunch break

Don’t skip your lunch break. In fact, utilize your lunch break to its fullest by leaving your office. Find a restaurant or café that provides a relaxing atmosphere and good food. Or if you want to save money, pack a lunch and locate a nice park where you can kick back and destress. Leaving your office and getting out in the world can do wonders for your focus and motivation. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Plan a fun after-work activity

You work hard so make sure you reward yourself with a little after office fun. Make plans to meet friends for a beer or glass of wine, take your significant other on a dinner date or if physical activity is more your speed, join a league. Have an activity to look forward to after the workday. It will reduce your stress and make even the longest workdays a bit more tolerable.

Unfortunately, long, stressful workweeks are going to occur. But if you follow these five simple tips, you’ll make it to Friday focused and motivated.

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