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Motivation Monday: Unplugging Results

Monday Motivation here we come! This 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 Motivation Monday quick tips.

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 Motivation Monday!

The Horror Before

Of course, going on vacation is a wonderful experience. And a luxury at that. However, the horror before you go needs to be acknowledged as it’s definitely a thing. Call it the price of admission, a necessary evil or whatever you like, getting ready to go on vacation takes a toll.

Case in point, there is so much prep! You have to pull the work scheduled for your vacation week forward, notify everyone, pack, get the family packed and organized, queue up doggie daycare, roast all the doggie chickens and veggies so meals are ready-to-go and a plethora of other To-Do’s. Some of us even have to plan the next Motivation Monday column!

The week before I left was more than a 50h work week. And I have no idea how much time was devoted to prep. Let’s just say that I didn’t sleep much and got progressively more run down as the week went on. Why? Because I was ironically stressed out about getting everything done so that I could go on vacation. Sound familiar?!

And the Aftermath

On the flip side, there is the aftermath of the return. Yup. I understand why some people elect to spend 30-60 min each day of a vacation dedicated to “staying caught up” but I think that doing so derails the benefits of taking a vacay. Studies show that our “no vacay” culture is harmful to our individual and collective health.

Completely ignoring everything for 8 days takes enormous willpower. And hutzpah! I returned to a mere XX voicemails, XX emails and XX texts, including one from a client who apparently never received all the deliverables I sent over to him before I left. Ugh!

The Benefits of Unplugging

Over the past five months, we’ve gotten into a weekly cadence and standard format with our motivation Monday column. Here, in this section, we typically provide tips corresponding to the theme of the week. Well, we’re going to change things up a bit!

Given that we’ve been experimenting with unplugging, it makes sense to try something new this week. That said, we’re going to list the Top 3 benefits of unplugging. If you want three tips on how to unplug, you can find them here.

#1 – xx


#2 – xx


#3 – xx



Results of the motivation Monday unplugging experiment

Disclaimer: no, this is not real science. This is motivation Monday pseudo-science and it’s just fun. Try it with me!

HYPOTHESIS: my score will be higher (ie/ I will feel better) AFTER my unplugging break.

OBJECTIVE: to subjectively assess how I feel today (BEFORE) and how I feel after I’ve had a week at the cottage with my family and friends (AFTER).

SCORING: based on a score of 1-10 where 10 is highest, assess how you feel right now:

SCORE = x  … I am in good physical health. Xx Before I unplugged, the Score = 4.

SCORE = xI am in good mental health. Xx Before I unplugged, the Score = 8.

SCORE = xI laugh at everything. Xx Before I unplugged, the Score = 6.

SCORE = xI feel burnt out. Xx Before I unplugged, the Score = 5.

SCORE = xI feel stressed. Xx Before I unplugged, the Score = 6.

RESULTS: scientists unanimously agree that data should speak for itself. Sure, you can add some visual color to make the results easier to understand but, in this case, the numbers tell a simple and compelling story. Take a break when you need to!



Featured image by enriquelopezgarre from Pixabay.