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4 Ways to Shut Down the Sunday Scaries

Got a case of the Sunday Scaries? If so, we’ve got your back. Here are some suggestions for banishing the dread and making not only your Sunday better but your week days better too.

Plan Ahead on Friday
Instead of creating your to-do list on Sunday for the week (especially if it’s related to work) write your checklist on Friday instead with the tasks you will need to do on Monday morning. Taking a few minutes Friday afternoon to plan ahead for the following week will allow you to go into the weekend feeling more organized and (hopefully) relaxed.

Make Your Monday Better
Bookmark your Monday with activities you enjoy. Start your morning slower if possible and spend a few minutes enjoying your morning coffee while reading a good book, maybe go to a workout class you enjoy, or create a playlist to listen to on your commute that will pump you up for your workday. Even spending a few minutes doing something that brings you joy will set the tone for the day. Similarly at the end of the day listen to a playlist to wind down from work and help you shift into a mellow state, enjoy a more decadent dinner then you normally would during the weeknight, or save your favorite show for Monday evening. The important thing is to have activities you enjoy peppered throughout the workdays and not just saved for the weekends.

Be in the Moment
Remind yourself that Sunday is still your day off. Enjoy the weekend fully and try your best not to waste time anxiously awaiting Monday morning. Keep bringing yourself back to the present moment and enjoy the time with your friends and family.

Get a New Job
If you’ve tried several measures to make your Mondays more enjoyable and still meet the day with dread it, may be time to think about getting a new job. While all jobs have their pros and cons, it’s important that overall you enjoy your job and your coworkers.

We hope these suggestions work for you so you can take back your Sunday. All it takes is a little planning and presence.

4 Ways to Shut Down the Sunday Scaries

Gamification in the Workplace

It’s no secret that happy, engaged employees are more productive employees. As we embark upon the new decade, you may be wondering how to increase the productivity of your team and improve company culture. Enter gamification. So first, what exactly is gamification? It’s implementing game elements into the workplace with the goal of increasing employee engagement and productivity. Psychology shows that creating opportunities for friendly competition can motivate employees to be more productive. If it sounds complicated, it isn’t. It’s basically turning work activities into a more game-like experience.  So now that you know a little more about what gamification is, we are going to examine what the benefits of implementing gamification in the workplace are and some ideas to get started.

Benefits and Top Gamification Trends
According to a 2019 survey, these are some of the key findings about gamification at work:

  • 89% of employees felt more productive
  • 88% felt happier at work
  • 83% felt motivated with gamification training, while 61% of those who didn’t get gamification training felt bored and/or unproductive

The most common and popular gamification elements are:

  • Rewards
  • Badges
  • Points
  • Leaderboards
  • Levels

If you find the above statistics convincing and want to implement gamification in your workplace here are some tips:

  • Determine and clearly establish the goals and processes to your team
  • Offer relevant and desirable rewards
  • Recognize everyone’s contributions
  • Adopt gamification in your trainings
  • Measure the successes and failures of implementing gamification in your workplace and adjust accordingly

Gamification can positively impact employees but isn’t a magic bullet. It’s important to design and tailor it to your team’s needs. When done right, it can help employees stay motivated and productive.

Gamification in the Workplace

How to Motivate Yourself When You Don't Have a Deadline

Have a project but not a set deadline for when it needs to be completed? Finding the motivation to work on an assignment can be hard and if you don’t have a deadline you may find yourself procrastinating for days, weeks or months. While projects with a deadline may feel more pressing, if you continually delay the tasks without a deadline they will hang over your head and possibly create anxiety.  Here we give some tips on motivating yourself for such projects.

Give Yourself a Deadline
Even if your boss hasn’t given you a deadline, set one for yourself. Put the deadline on your calendar and create benchmarks for your goal to make sure you stay on track.

Be Around Hard-Working People
Sometimes something as simple as being around high-energy and driven people will give you the boost you need to complete a task.

Minimize Distractions
When you are working on your project for the allocated time you set for yourself keep distractions to a minimum. Put away your phone and do not browse the internet or check messages. Stay focused on the task at hand.

Incentivize Yourself
Motivate yourself with rewards. They don’t need to be anything big. Perhaps once you complete an hour on the project you treat yourself to an iced coffee, or you work for a few hours and then take a short walk outside. The goals will all be individualistic so find something that sounds like a reward for you and stick to it!

Tidy Up
Similar to the point above about distractions, keep your workspace clean and organized. Cluttered workspaces can be distracting so do a quick tidying up before you start your project.

We hope these suggestions are helpful for those with a project but no set deadline. Just remind yourself how good it feels to complete tasks off your to-do list and don’t let the project get pushed aside.

How to Motivate Yourself When You Don't Have a Deadline