Pardon me, but do you have the time? As a matter of fact, I do not. Or do you?

"When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work." ~George Bernard Shaw

Thank goodness for the weekend, right? We leave work at the office (hopefully), get some household chores done, catch up with friends, get out to see a movie, or just sleep in and watch DVDs. We take the weekend to recuperate and then hit the office Monday morning, bright and early, with the intent of moving mountains by lunch time. Too often, however, after just a couple hours and/or a few disappointments, we lose some momentum.

How can you keep the momentum going? How can you keep that new attitude upbeat and fresh as a daisy? It isn't easy to conquer disappointments or stay positive in the wake left by a disturbance in your own force. We try to self-medicate by hitting the coffee pot six or seven times or snacking. Maybe a cruise through facebook will take your mind off your troubles or spending the rest of the morning dropping a tweet or two while scanning through your followers.

Getting back on task is really the way to cure what's ailing a Monday mid-day crash. Review the previous week's activity, make necessary follow-up calls, do a little business development, take advantage of the fact that everyone else just had a weekend, too. New attitudes have popped up everywhere presenting new opportunities. Ward off blue Mondays the week before; schedule appointments or meetings for Monday, hold project reviews, update your website and job board postings, or plan Monday luncheon appointments.

If you fly solo, staying motivated becomes a bit more difficult, but not impossible. Many of the same suggestions above will work, just tweak them a bit to fit into your lone practice. Having a well planned-out Monday before you even sit down to your desk will help you fight off the urge to loaf. Gird your loins, look yourself in the eye, and answer your plan.

Three Tips to Avoid a Monday Morning Loiter:

1. Plan your Monday the Friday before.
2. Stick to an allotted amount of time for internet surfing and social media habitation.
3. Tell yourself "No!" when temptation to loaf rears its ugly head. Squelch any non-business urges.

But, "All the so-called 'secrets of success' will not work unless you do." ~Author Unknown

When you know yourself, you can direct yourself.

by rayannethorn

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