Monday Afternoon Motivation: Kickstart Your Week

Monday Afternoon Motivation: Kickstart Your Week


Well, turns out it's Monday afternoon yet again, and we all know what that means — even though you’ve made it through the morning with one eye peeled open and a non-stop IV drip of caffeine, there’s still a long way to go to get through the rest of the week. That’s why we’re here with a few ideas to help kickstart your Monday afternoon motivation so you can carry that energy and get through the week with a smile on your face.

Whether you're a busy mom, a working professional, a college student cramming for exam week or just simply someone in need of a little pick-me-up, we've got you covered. Let's dive in and get that motivation flowing!

Get in the (Positivity) Zone 🔋

Starting the week on the right foot sets the tone for the rest of the week — with a little bit of planning ahead, you’ll feel more organized, focused, and motivated to tackle our tasks and goals all week long. That’s why starting the week with a positive attitude (even if you have to fake it until you make it!) will increase your chances of having a successful and fulfilling week.

It may seem counterintuitive, but “pretending” to have a positive attitude can actually turn into a genuine one over time. This is because our thoughts and emotions are interconnected — when we think positively, we're more likely to feel positive. By consciously choosing to approach situations with a positive mindset, we can start to rewire our thought patterns and retrain our brains to focus on the good rather than the bad. Additionally, by projecting positivity to others, we're more likely to receive positive responses and feedback, which will reinforce optimistic outlook. So, even if you're not feeling particularly upbeat, try putting on a smile and a can-do attitude. You just might be surprised at how it transforms into your default mode of thinking!

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Give Your Body the Fuel It’s Craving ⛽️

If you fell off the healthy eating bandwagon over the weekend (who could turn down that invite to bottomless brunch?!), don’t sweat it, because Monday is like the Great Reset for jumpstarting a healthy diet and bringing back those good habits. In fact, when we make the conscious choice to eat healthy (but still yummy!) foods on a Monday, we're more likely to carry that habit throughout the rest of the week.

Aim to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your meals, as they're packed with essential vitamins and minerals that support overall health and wellbeing. In addition to providing vital nutrients, fruits and veggies can also help you feel full and satisfied, making it easier to avoid overeating or indulging in less healthy options.

And don't forget to rehydrate — chances are, you swapped out water for a few cocktails over the weekend, so in addition to choosing nutritious foods, it’s especially important to drink a lot of water on a Monday. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, and sluggishness, which is sure to impact your productivity and motivation. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses per day (more if you live in a hot climate or are extra physically active). Think plain water is boring? Try infusing it with fresh fruit, cucumber, or mint for a little twist.

Grab that Pen & Paper and Get Writing 📝

Once you've gotten any time sensitive things off your plate, Monday afternoon is a great time to grab your favorite notebook and jot down your to-do list and goals for the rest of the week. There's something magical about physically writing down your plans and goals that make’s a real difference. It's like an extra layer of commitment by making them more tangible and concrete. Plus, studies have shown that writing things down actually helps with memory retention — and let's be honest, who doesn't love the feeling of crossing off an item on a to-do list with a big, satisfying tick?

If you’re not sure where to begin, start by breaking down those big goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. Throw in a timeframe or deadline, and reprioritize your list whenever you need to. You can also combine this with a few time management techniques, like the Pomodoro Technique or time blocking, to help you make the most of your day. And don’t forget to check out Tidy Plan’s collection of printable planners and to-do lists — they are sure to get you motivated!

Throw On Some Tunes 🎵

Yep, you heard that right: Jamming out to your favorite playlist is a great way to kickstart your Monday afternoon motivation. Your favorite songs are sure to put you in a happy mood, boost your energy levels, and get you grooving. Create a playlist of your favorite upbeat tunes and blast it through your speakers — throw in a tasty smoothie or green juice, and you'll be surprised at how much more energy you'll feel right off the bat.

In fact, one of the most significant benefits of music is its direct impact on our mood (it's literally science!). When we listen to music, our brain releases dopamine, which puts us in a positive state of mind (which is crucial for staying motivated and productive throughout the day). Listening to music can also help reduce stress and anxiety, which is particularly important on those afternoons when you're feeling overwhelmed by a busy schedule. The right music can calm your nerves, regulate your breathing, and help you feel more centered and focused.

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Declutter Your Workspace 🗂️

Okay, so let's talk about getting organized real quick. We know, we know — that sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry. But getting your workspace organized can be a total game-changer when it comes to staying motivated on a Monday afternoon (or any afternoon, for that matter).

Cluttered workspaces are super distracting and make it hard to focus on anything at all. Start by clearing off your desk or workspace (and no, that doesn't mean just shoving everything into a drawer and calling it a day), take the time to put away any random papers, old coffee cups, or any other random clutter that's accumulated from the week prior. Trust us, your brain will thank you.

Bonus points: Next time you’re at the grocery store, treat yourself to a small bouquet of flowers that you can enjoy on your desk all week long (especially if you work from home). Making your office cute and cozy will only make it more enticing to want to sit and actually crank out some work — in fact, by arranging a cute workspace, your to-do list might not seem so terrible after all!

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It’s no secret that Mondays can be a little rough sometimes, but with the right mindset and a few simple strategies, you'll be set up for a successful week no matter what curveballs life throws your way. So, the next time you're feeling sluggish on a Monday afternoon, try incorporating some of these tips into your routine and see what works best for you. With a little bit of effort and a positive attitude, you can tackle any challenge that comes your way and kickstart the rest of your week with energy and enthusiasm.