Mornings are rough. Mornings at the beginning of the week, yes Monday, we’re looking at you, are especially rough. We’ve all been there; the alarm goes off at 7:00, we’ve planned a run before work but instead, we snooze until 8:15, grab an apple from the fridge and run to catch the tube. We know it’s good for our mind and body to wake up early, exercise and have a good breakfast before work, but sometimes it’s easier to stay in bed.
We’re here to help you break away from that old routine with 10 easy steps to follow throughout the day!
Getting motivated before work
Always try and plan out your days the night before. You want to wake up a bit earlier to work out? Decide on it before going to bed; if you’ve set the mentality, you’re more likely to wake up when you said you would.
Before pouring your morning tea or coffee, have a glass of water. While you sleep, your body becomes dehydrated; fuelling it with caffeine is not a good idea. Studies have shown that a glass of water first thing in the morning not only gives you the hydration your body needs but it may fire up your metabolism! A glass of water also gets your brain cells moving, causing you to feel less tired and moody throughout the day.
You’ve heard it before, and we’re about to tell you again. Exercising or stretching in the morning will help you be awesome all day. You’ll be happier, thanks endorphins, your mind will be more alert and you’ll have more energy. It’s a win-win!
Throw away those sugary cereals, they’ll only make you tired and possibly more hungry later in the morning. Opt for high fibre cereals like bran flakes or oatmeal. It doesn’t have to be a bland bowl: add nuts and berries and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. Avocados are a power food! Spread half an avocado on whole wheat toast, add a poached egg to the top and you’ve got yourself a protein powered breakfast!
Staying motivated at work
Before opening up your inbox, write down your goals for the day. What would you like to accomplish by the end of the day? By the end of the week? Prioritise your tasks, making sure you allow the appropriate time for each. As you go along through the day, check of the tasks you’ve completed and the ones still pending.
Turn up the volume. You’re set for the day and now crank up the music! Music helps motivate us, and if you’re looking for some good tunes, check out the JobisJob Spotify playlist!
Breaks are important and if you’re sitting at a desk for 8 or 9 or 10 hours every day, get up and move around. Even if it’s for 5-10 minutes every hour or two, get up, have a coffee with a colleague, go sit outside or read the newspaper. You’ll come back from your break with a fresh set of eyes and a revived attitude.
Motivation until the end
On your commute home, take 5 minutes to review the day: what did you do well, what would you like to improve and what are your goals for tomorrow?
Reward yourself! At the end of the week, reward yourself for a small goal you accomplished. By setting little goals and acknowledging their achievements, we set ourselves up to achieve bigger goals.
Enjoy your time off! Find something you love to do after work and on weekends. Meet up with friends or explore your city. It’s important to not get into a routine of eat-sleep-work. Life is more than paying the bills; we’ve got to live every moment of it!