Monday Motivation: Why Milestones Matter

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on December 2, 2019

Monday Motivation here we come! We see you – coffee cup in hand, trudging through the dark cursing your commute. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! If you’re more of a podcast person versus someone who reads, listen at our Monday Matters content on Spotify. Check out our Grit Daily podcast channel.

This column is for those of you who slog through your Monday mornings. If you lament the end of the weekend and dread returning to the office, you may need our Monday Motivation quick tips. Studies show that your morning mood affects your productivity all day. And nobody wants to go through their day like an unmotivated, unproductive sourpuss, right?

Grit Daily offers an avenue to connect with others like you. We’re here to help get your work week off to a good start. Pump your fists – it’s time for Monday Motivation!

100 articles ago …

As I’m sitting here, typing away, chai latte in hand, part of me is thinking that 100 articles are a lot of work. And a ton of words. Okay, maybe not a veritable ton but that equates to at least 100,000 words and more likely closer to 125,000 or so.

Another part of me is thinking that it can’t be 100 articles already; how did the year fly by? That latter statement speaks to how much I enjoy meeting new people, sharing their stories and writing about things that interest me. And, more importantly, interest those who read my columns.

Looking back, I think about the first couple of run-ins with WordPress, our content management system. Yes, they were “run-ins” as I felt bruised and battered after wrestling with the platform. I recall that feeling of desperation and exasperation as I uploaded my first few columns (FYI, that feeling came back with the newest version of WordPress but I worked through it).

A “readability score,” what is that for? Then there was the requirement for AP-style with that pesky Oxford comma. Not to mention the feedback that our founder and editor, Jordan French, had for me. Let’s just say that he offered more than a few comments about how to improve my writing and boost SEO.

Haha! Cheers, Jordan and thank you for every single comment!

But, here I am. This is the 100th article that I’ve written for Grit Daily. If you believe in fate and not coincidence, it’s rather meaningful that it occurred on a Monday Motivation column. That said, I haven’t added up how many articles, blogs, white papers, newsletters and other content that I’ve ghost-written for my clients this year. Combined, the word count alone would be staggering. It’s a good thing that I’m rarely at a loss for words …

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Dr. Loralyn Mears is a Columnist at Grit Daily and a podcast host (The Grit Files, which aims to shine the spotlight on female founders). She is a content marketer, founder of the WORKtech startup, STEERus, specializing in personal and professional development to address gaps in soft skills - communication in particular. In her consultancy practice, she helps clients with content and strategy. Loralyn spent over a decade playing with mosquito DNA, got her PhD, decided she would rather market science than be at the bench and has never looked back. Along the way, she’s wined and dined her way around the globe. She's authored two books, including the 2018 Gold Medal Indie Book award-winning, One Sip At a Time: a Memoir and the hard science thriller, "The Battle for Humanity: How Science Saved Us." 

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