Monday Motivation To Start The Week Off Right
By: Mason Komay
Updated August 31, 2021
Medically Reviewed By: Karen Devlin, LPC
Mondays are commonly considered to be the worst day of the week. They're the days where it can feel the most difficult to get out of bed. We all know the dread that Sunday night can bring. Luckily, Mondays don't always have to be this way. On the contrary, with the proper guidelines and motivation, they can quickly turn into one of the best days of your week. So, let's cut to the chase. Here's everything you need to know to have awesome Mondays and start your weeks off right!
Why You Need Daily Motivation
No matter what you're experiencing in life, motivation will bring benefits. Below, we'll discuss some common benefits of motivation.
Motivation Prompts Action
Motivation prompts action and allows us to exceed our own self-expectations. If you don't have sufficient motivation to enjoy being involved in your daily activities, they can seem like a pointless and tiring chore. When you don't care whether you do anything or not, you may even find yourself lying in bed all day. Then, after you find your motivation, you'll wonder how you let yourself waste so much of your time!
Motivation Increases Enjoyment
When you gain motivation, tasks that seem boring or stressful can quickly turn fun and exciting. The days will pass by quickly, and you'll find yourself enjoying them much more than you had before. Motivation allows you the opportunity to have new experiences, new inspiration for ideas, and to try new activities that you've never done before. When you begin to enjoy the things that you do, you'll never need to look for motivation again.
Also, keep in mind that there are millions of others who battle lack of motivation. For example, people with depression often feel unmotivated to do anything. However, evidence shows that approximately 70% of American adults reduced their depression symptoms (including a lack of motivation) with professional help. If you're experiencing a lack of motivation due to an underlying issue, there are effective treatment options available.
What Makes Mondays So Different?
Monday is commonly considered to be the worst day of the week. After a relaxing weekend off, you may find it difficult to feel motivated to go back to work, exercise, or do anything else that requires effort. Even if you don't work a Monday to Friday job, hearing about other people's weekend adventures can dampen your spirits. Social media, in particular, can have a direct effect on this, but that's a different topic for another day. If you don't have a job at all, Mondays can also make you feel an unnecessary amount of pressure to get out and find one. However, Mondays don't have to be different in a bad way. In fact, they can be the spark of motivation you need in order to conquer the entire week ahead of you.
How Do I Find Motivation?
You can do a lot of soul-searching and in-depth analysis to discover what motivates you most. Or you can simply access all the wonderful motivation material you find around you. Use your intuition to assess whether a motivational tool inspires you or makes you want to go back to bed. Here are some examples of what you might choose as Monday morning motivation.
Find Inspiration From Motivational Monday Quotes
It's truly remarkable what an influence a short phrase can have on your motivation. You can commonly find them online or even in your local library. You can also take note of motivational quotes from your friends and family or from those you might find on your social media feed. Monday motivational quotes may be intended for that particular day of the week, but they can also be equally applicable for any other day.
When you choose a quote of the day to live by, you'll often find that motivation comes much more easily. You can use your motivational quote of the day with friends, at home, and in your workplace. Go the extra mile and make a poster or screensaver from it to keep it with you. You can also write it on a sticky note and put it at the top of your computer screen. Say it to everyone you can, even to yourself when you feel your motivation begin to decrease.
Here are some of the most popular motivational quotes to kickstart your Monday:
- "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
- "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible!'" ~ Audrey Hepburn
- "Believe you can, and you're halfway there." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
- "I am not a product of my circumstances; I am a product of my decisions." ~ Stephen Covey
- "Do or do not. There is no try." ~ Yoda
- "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." ~ Maya Angelou
- "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." ~ Albert Einstein
- " Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." ~ George Addair
- "What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." ~ Plutarch
- "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney
- "It always seems impossible until it's done." ~ Nelson Mandela
Share Your Favorite Monday Motivational Meme
A Monday motivational meme can brighten your day as well as someone else's. When you see a motivation Monday meme on your favorite social media site, feel free to share it with your friends; they'll love it. You can even get them engaged with it by prefacing it with a personal comment or question. Sharing motivational memes can serve several purposes.
- It's a simple way to think more positively.
- It brightens your day and someone else's too.
- It allows you to express your feelings.
- It gives your purpose and motivation a social boost from those who share, like or comment on the meme.
Share Monday Motivational Images
One way to increase your drive to take care of everything you need to do is to post photos or other Monday motivational images. You can post them on your social media, use them as screensavers on your computer desktop, or even get a hard copy and hang it in your office. Here are some helpful tips for selecting the right motivational images:
- Look for bright and cheerful colors.
- Find attractive drawings, animations, or photos.
- Choose images that include an inspirational quote or a funny message.
Make Monday Motivational Funny
When you add a touch of humor to your Monday motivations, you can start the week off with more energy and joy. If you're having a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning, hilarious memes, images, and quotes can break you out of your lethargy very quickly. Here are some general tips for turning Monday into a funnier day:
- Find a joke you enjoy about motivation and tell it to your friends or coworkers.
- Learn a motivation quote with a humorous twist and surprise others with it.
- Send a hilarious motivation gif when you text your friends and loved ones, or post it on their social media page.
Finding Motivation For Each Day
Once you turn your Monday into your source of motivation, you can often easily maintain your drive and focus for the rest of the week. However, if you find it difficult to remain consistent, even after a great start to the week, it's easy to feel like you're right back to square one. This is why it's extremely helpful to keep a few simple tricks in mind in order to keep your motivation going from one day to the next. So, how exactly do you do this? It's actually not as hard as it may sound. Here are some great techniques to take on each day of the week like a champ!
Choose A Motivational Word Of The Day
A lot of the time, when it comes to finding and maintaining motivation, it's the little things that count. For instance, choosing a motivational word of the day can often have a positive impact on your ambition and your sense of purpose. Try and use it as often as possible and find time to contemplate how it relates to what you're doing on that particular day. Make a list of each day's motivational word so that you'll have plenty of options for those days when you don't have time to find one.
Here are a few great examples of motivational words for you to try.
Choose A Motivational Quote For The Day
Now that you have an understanding of motivational quotes and how they can affect your day, try to narrow your focus and choose just one quote for each day. That quote has the power to increase your daily motivation and to move you closer toward your goals. You'll have a much easier time staying focused throughout your weekly schedule if you have a variety of quotes to live each day by.
Tuesday is often considered a great day for work. Even though the week is just getting started, you've made it through Monday. You aren't necessarily too concerned about the weekend, and you're still relatively fresh from your days of relaxation and comfort. This can go a long way in helping you stay more focused and committed to the tasks ahead.
For Wednesday motivation, humor is almost always the best kind of motivation. Humpday motivation is all about making the day fun. If you succeed in that, you can enjoy your entire Wednesday from start to finish. By the time you climb into bed, you'll most likely be feeling relieved knowing that you're halfway done with your week and the weekend is well on its way.
Thursdays tend to feel longer than most days, which can make it difficult to stay driven on your tasks and responsibilities. Even though you're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, you still have some time left before you get there. In order to help de-stress and stay calm, try listening to some gentle motivational music, reading a chapter from an inspirational novel, or even putting up a calming motivation poster. It's very important to stay relaxed, so try not to overwork yourself. Remember, the weekend is right around the corner.
Friday motivation usually draws on two sources. For one, you're probably trying to get everything done with your job that needs to be finished before the week is out. At the same time, you're beginning to feel festive about the approaching time off. You can use this to your advantage by tapping into both sources of motivation to finish your Friday with a bang. Use your festive mood to make work more enjoyable. If you take on your work with a positive attitude, you'll have more energy to quickly complete your tasks and meet your goals for the week.
If Saturday is your first full day off for the weekend, you may have conflicting feelings about it. Different goals may come to mind, and you're going to have to decide which ones are a top priority. You're probably going to feel tired or stressed from your week, so relaxation is going to sound like a great idea. While it may be the more comfortable option, Saturday might also be the only day when you can do household chores, errands, or socializing.
To make the most of your Saturday, start the day with goal-setting. Decide what you're going to do with the time you have off and get started right away. Just as motivation leads to action, the action also increases motivation. If you get all your boring chores done first, you have the whole rest of your day to relax, go out, or do whatever makes you happy!
Depending on how you prefer to spend Sundays, you might end up being very busy. For many people, Sunday is a day for time away from work and/or religious activities. Suppose you get up early and attend services, church events, or community activities. If so, you may need much more motivation than you need during the rest of the week. And, yes, that includes Monday. This is because your financial survival likely doesn't depend on whether you show up or not, so it really all comes down to how it fits into your own set of priorities.
No matter how you spend your day, take some time for reflection. Consider how your plans are shaping up. Think about what you want out of your Sundays and every day for the following week. Then, let all of that pass from your consciousness and take some time to simply enjoy the day in comfort.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to keep Sunday as a day of rest, you'll need to stay motivated for relaxing. That can be hard to do, especially if you're an active person. Try listening to music you enjoy, spending time relaxing with your family, taking a swim or a walk in the park, or doing anything that makes you feel happy and light-hearted.
Getting Motivated For Exercise
Most people don't like to exercise a lot on Sundays. That's okay. Your body needs time to recuperate and rebuild your weekly routine. If you do any exercise on Sunday, make it relaxing to fit in with your Sunday frame of mind.
Keep it simple. Go for an easy hike, swim, or walk; play an outdoor game like volleyball or croquet; you can even do anything active that doesn't cause your muscles any stress or strain. Monday, you'll need to kick in the motivation more seriously, but don't overstress yourself by worrying too much about that. For now, just let enjoyment and relaxation be your primary motivation.
Monday Workout Motivation
Stimulating your mind by exercising is a great way to jumpstart your Monday motivational fuel. Monday is a great day to get started on improving your physical well-being with some Monday fitness motivation. Before you work out or do any physical activities, think about everything you want to accomplish this week. Consider how improving your health through exercise will have a positive and direct impact on your happiness.
Consult with your trainer, coach, or workout partner to plan out a specific workout routine to make sure you're on the right track. Play some upbeat music on your phone to pump your adrenaline as you run or workout. It can be hard to see your workout to the end, so promise yourself a nice rest in the jacuzzi or steam room as a reward for when you finish. Then, give your Monday all that you've got!
Wednesday Exercise Motivation
If your exercise routine includes weightlifting, Wednesdays are the perfect leg day. This is a particular form of discomfort that requires motivation to keep you going even when your legs are aching. Remember, try not to take on more than you can handle. After all, you want to make sure that you can still walk on Thursday. For Wednesdays, you need motivation for your self-control and mental effort. Keep that need in mind as you look for motivational quotes, images, and memes to remind you of the workout ahead of you.
Friday Fitness Motivation
You can use your excitement for the weekend as Friday fitness motivation. You're probably already thinking of doing the things you enjoy, so try to think of how feeling stronger and healthier will help you do them. Remind yourself of whatever fun events and activities you've planned for the evening and for the rest of your weekend. Your workout will go by fast, so keep focused on it and finish out strong.
One of the biggest challenges you'll face is feeling like you have no one to talk to about your current struggles with motivation. Online motivational counseling is available.
Studies have shown that online counseling can be a powerful tool for people experiencing a lack of motivation that may be related to mental health issues. In a study published in Internet Interventions—a peer-reviewed scientific journal—researchers examined the effects of online motivational therapy, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Researchers found that online interventions created positive changes, with participants reporting greater motivation post-treatment. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps individuals understand and replace intrusive thoughts that may lead to unwanted behavior and feelings, such as a lack of drive. These findings are in line with an already significant number of studies that point to online therapy as a valuable method of providing mental health care for a wide range of issues.
Unlike with traditional counseling, with online therapy through BetterHelp, there is no need to sit in traffic or worry about taking time out of your day to drive to an appointment; you can access BetterHelp from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to reach out to your licensed therapist outside of sessions. When you have an issue to discuss, need to ask a question, or simply want to talk, you can send a message, and they’ll respond as soon as they are able. The mental health professionals at BetterHelp can assist you in finding the motivation for whatever tasks life presents you with. Read below for some reviews of BetterHelp counselors, from people experiencing similar issues.
"Neville is a great listener and for the first time in my life I feel understood by someone. He knows my concerns and he knows how to get myself able to fix them. He's motivating me to get myself up again and try more and more, at least with babysteps. That's what I call a friend."
"Dr. Kutner understood my needs and concerns and is helping me find my motivation again."
Each of these motivational techniques can help you conquer tiredness, boredom, and stress. You may need more help if life starts seeming impossible to manage. Talking to a licensed counselor is one way to deal with thoughts and issues that are interfering with your motivation. You can also learn motivation techniques that are personalized just for you. Life always seems easier when you have strong motivation, and there's no better time to develop it than right now!
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