Are you a Monday or a Wednesday person?
Do you suffer severe Mondayitis or is it Hump Day Wednesday that hurts the most? Perhaps you’re even one of the rare few who don’t like Fridays?
It might seem trivial, but the day you dread most indicates what kind of person you are, and this effects how you should motivate yourself, both at work and in other areas of your life.
Cure: Get Going Strategies
People with Mondayitis tend to be more motivated by results. They get excited by completing projects. If you hate Monday’s, it’s probably because you feel the beginning is the biggest hurdle. After all, it’s the furthest point from the finish line! Once you get going, and once momentum kicks in and you start to see progress, the whole thing gets easier and easier.
If that sounds like the way you work, then your motivation efforts should be focussed on getting the process started. The most helpful motivation hacks for you are:
Create a Detailed Plan
You cannot afford to wait to start until you feel motivated – you’re never going to feel motivated in the beginning. Your best bet is to schedule specific things to do in your diary, particularly at the start of the week. Take motivation out of the equation, and create obligations to fulfil that mean you have to get going quickly on the Monday. Schedule meetings for Mondays. Book and pay for an exercise classes in advance so you’re committed. And if dates with others fail, at least set yourself a full schedule that doesn’t allow for time to procrastinate.
Two Minute Rule
Related to the above idea is the two minute rule. Basically, you commit to only doing your scheduled activity for a certain, short amount of time (two minutes!). Then, at the end of that time, you decide whether or not to keep going. If you suffer Mondayitis, you just need a push to get started, and once you can see progress, you’ll feel more motivated. Once your two minutes are up, you’re likely to keep going anyway.
Focus on the Habit, Not the Results
If you have trouble getting started, then make getting started as easy as possible. Make it count as a win just by spending time on a project, even if you can’t see much progress yet. Reward yourself for taking little actions (like spending two minutes researching something, or getting to the gym, even if it is a bit late) that build the habits that produce bigger results over time.
Diagnosis: Hump Day Blues
Cure: Keep Going Strategies
If you hate Wednesdays the most, then momentum isn’t enough to keep you going. You start off motivated, but lose steam by the middle of the week, when all that effort has been put in and…wait, it’s only Wednesday?! You don’t need get-going strategies, you need keep-going strategies. Some of the best are:
Measure Your Progress – Backwards
When your goal seems really far away, the best thing to do is to stop looking at your goal! Instead, look at what you’ve already achieved. By measuring success based on what you’ve already achieved, you’ll motivate yourself in two ways. First, once you can see that you’ve started a good pattern in motion, you’ll feel like an achievement has already occurred. Plus you’ll feel like you’re further along, because now your focus is on where you started from, rather than where you’re headed. Think ‘I’ve already done two and a half days’ instead of ‘there’s still two and half days to go!’ and crossing off your daily achievements on a wall calendar to help you get through the mid-way slump.
Connect With Something Bigger
When your goal is far away, then it’s helpful to find something else to motivate you, something that will make you feel like you’re achieving right now. This is where focussing on what you value really comes into play. So if you can’t wait for the weekend because it’s your best chance to get out and socialise, how can you bring socialising into your workdays? Do you need to schedule mid-week lunch dates? If the weekend is all about relaxation and letting go, do you need to change take-out night to Wednesday instead of Friday? Find a way to connect with what you really like about the week-ends, and then bring that into your working week.
Nothing like a bit of healthy competition or social pressure to keep us on track! If you get stuck mid-way through projects, then other people can be your best ally. Seeing what others are doing can provide some real-time motivation to stick with it – because you look at what they’re doing, and you want to beat them, dammit! - Or because you get uncomfortable when people ask you about your progress and you know you’ve stalled. Their comments (and the associated need to not be seen as giving up) can keep you going through the challenging mid-point and onto the end game – where the finish line in sight gives you the added motivation to follow through.
Diagnosis: Friday Fear
Cure: Get a Hobby!
If you hate Friday the most, because it’s the end of the working week and you have nothing much to do on weekends, well, you’re motivated enough! What you need is to find out some of your other values apart from achievement so the weekend doesn’t feel so empty. Start that process here.
Do you need more of this kind of information and inspiration on a regular basis? Then you need to subscribe to my blog here!
Already subscribed? Like Lana Hall Psychology on
and get helpful information and inspiration straight into your newsfeed.
Lana Hall, Psychologist. Helping you to live your best life, using the power of psychology.