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Kick-Start Your Work Week by Setting New Goals

Don't let a case of the Mondays get you down — think of Monday morning as a chance for a fresh start with a clean slate to set new goals. Viewing the new week like you might view the New Year is a great way to make the most of your work week. Even better than a New Year's resolution, a new week resolution — with a very real time restriction — will help you to keep the goals realistic.

The point here is to tackle short-term projects. Use the week to set a goal from anything like befriending a co-worker, by asking her to lunch, to promising to find and focus your strengths to make the most of your time at the office. For instance, promise to find out a little more about your personality type to zero in on your skill-set and work more efficiently — just vow to find the time during the week to take a personality test online. The insight you gain from taking a quiz like this may help you to work more efficiently or find tasks you might be more interested in volunteering for at the office.

In any case, the goal you set each Monday will help you to begin the week with a sense of purpose. Rather than looking at the work week as a time when you must accomplish a, b, and c, for your boss, team, or company — small personal goals that are tied to what you do at the office, will help you to feel more connected to your nine to five routine, give you a sense of self, and combat monotony throughout the week.

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