It’s one of those days. I don’t feel like going to work. Alright, the nature of my job gives me the flexibility to work from home. But today, I have a training session, which is, again, not compulsory. So what do you do when you don’t feel like going to work?

1) Tell Someone
I picked up my cellphone and text a colleague. Find one who would encourage you to go to work, not one who would tell you to go back to bed. She gave me some words of encouragement and told me she’d see me later. She was nice enough to invest some time to motivate me to get off my butt and get going. How can I not feel bad not to come for work now?

2) Jump into the Shower!
A cold shower does wonders to perk you up. Lather yourself with a shower gel that has been proven to wake you up. Try something citrus in nature. I’m currently using a shower gel with apple and honeysuckle scent. Very refreshing!

3) Get Dressed for Work!
One of my colleagues ever said that he would force himself to put on his best shirt and tie, carry his briefcase and head out. If he did not do that, he’d be lazing around at home. That’s true. This morning I chose my clothing carefully. After selecting a ruffled front silky top and a shiny brown bottom, I told myself that I shall not wear the flat shoes I have been sporting for the past couple of weeks. They are just not suitable and do not make me feel like a professional. I rummaged through my boxes of shoes and discovered a new pair of suitable matching brown heels I had been saving for days when all my shoes are worn out. Well, I guess, it’s time. I felt good wearing my new shoes, as I headed down to my workplace.

4) Enjoy the Journey!
Don’t think about work on your way to work. Deal with it when it’s time. I managed to get a seat in the train and was able to enjoy my journey to work this morning. It’s a bright sunny morning and it would have been a shame if I had stayed at home, I thought to myself.

5) Journal it!
I love to journal my thoughts in my spare time. Since I managed to get a seat in the train, it was the best time to pen down my thoughts about my morning. It helps to release some of the negativity in me, after pouring out my sentiments. I’m almost at my destination and my writing is almost complete. I’m amazed.

When you feel unmotivated and reluctant to go to work, try out these things. Before long, your morning has turned out to be more productive than you thought it would be and you feel more motivated to work. I’m glad I made the decision to go to work this morning or I would still be loafing at home in my pyjamas, with nothing much to do.

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