Today is Going To Be the Best Day Ever
Saturday night at my computer…
Writing this post tonight so that I can get it up on Monday… I had planned to work on it on Wednesday and set aside two hours to get it started. But suffice it to say, I’m just getting around to it now. The truth is I’m writing these motivating posts to get back on track and make time for the things that I love. But as the saying goes “the best-laid plans often go awry”.
How can I share “motivation” with my readers when I haven’t even stuck with my own plan?
Cue the negative self talk:
Five of the ten things on my calendar didn’t get done this week.
I wrote things down, I assigned a time to them, and I didn’t follow through.
I’m a failure. I’m a faker.
What am I going to write about to motivate my readers this week?
I’ll just forget it. I won’t post anything.
Wait, hold up. STOP! You went to the gym today, you planned for your upcoming trip, you spent time with friends, and you taught a kick-ass yoga class this week. What is wrong with you?
Okay, yea. It was a pretty motivated and successful week. But why is it never enough? Why do we (I) continually beat ourselves up for not having an A+ in productivity? Why do we equate productivity with success?
Truth is, it’s been harder than I thought it would be to adjust to a leisurely lifestyle, where I’m not constantly on my grind. I created this life. I wanted a slower-paced lifestyle where I could enjoy every moment without rushing to the next thing on the calendar. That was my lifestyle for way too long and I guess it just became part of my nature. But now whenever I have some downtime I feel lazy or I spend it in ways that I later deem a waste of time and proceed to punish myself for it in a myriad of ways.
I think I need to redefine my definition of productivity. Sometimes rest is productive. Not sticking to a rigid schedule can be productive.
Where am I going with this? Motivation Monday is intended to start your week off on the right foot and set the tone for the rest of the week. It’s not another day to be negative with yourself or others. Despite how tired you may be to get up and face Monday head on, here are a few tips to help you start your week off right:
- Sunday night: Take the time to acknowledge the highs and lows of the prior week. Reflect on what worked. Take note of that. Check things off on your calendar, write it down in a journal and maybe even reward yourself for it! Plan the week ahead by scheduling a few priorities. Note: Don’t overschedule. This will just set you up for failure. You can always add things as the week progresses depending on how you feel. Other responsibilities are bound to pop up.
- Monday morning: Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than usual. This will give you the extra time to get your butt in gear so you’re not rushing.
- Use a morning mantra: This is going to be the best day ever. This is a powerful way to start the day. At least it was for me. I had one of the most positive and productive Monday’s of the year yet because I woke up with a positive mantra and I believed it was going to be a great day. The more you say it the more you’ll believe it. Try it!
- Don’t check social media until the afternoon. This may be a hard habit to crack, but sometimes starting the day with instagram can do more harm than good.
So how do you start your Monday motivated to take on the week? Take this fresh start to manifest your dreams one day at a time!