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Six inspiring literary quotes to help get you through another busy work week!

We’re already in the last quarter of the year and you’ve probably had just about enough of the everyday struggle of slogging through Manila’s terrible traffic condition every time you go to work, among other things. Mondays always seem like a dark cloud looming over your head every Sunday evening – a foreshadowing of another busy work week.

What better way to push through another week full of reports, meetings, and deadlines than with a dose of inspiration from these literary classics?

1. I know that Mondays make you wish it’s still the weekend. But since no one can go back to the past (nor stay there), just aim to be a better person today than yesterday.

Lewis Caroll, Alice's Adventures in Wornderland

2. It’is easy to fall into the routine of doing more, more, and more. But life is not always about the amount of work you have done or completed in a day. As long as you can honestly say that you have lived every day as if it’s your last, then you’re golden.

The Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King

3. Sometimes, our eyes tend to focus on the lengthy to-do list posted on our desks, which can feel overwhelming. Why not take your list of tasks and deadlines as an opportunity to test yourself: How do you work under pressure?

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

4. One of the best ways to get through a hectic work week is to stop playing the Blame Game. Every time you are tempted to blame the traffic, your boss, or your cat for the seemingly unfortunate events that are happening to you, take a breather and chill. Only you can decide what kind of person you want to be and what kind of life you want to live. So (wo)man up, and own your life.

Oh the places you'll go! Dr. Seuss

5. Whenever the blues get the best of you, take the time to look at work from a different perspective. Work is not just about doing. Your work is a part of you and your life. Just like when you were still in school, you can discover a lot about yourself by how you approach your job. So what have you discovered about yourself lately?

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

6. Dare I say more? If you have the habit of putting off tasks for tomorrow, then you will never accomplish anything. I am not saying you do EVERYTHING today, just focus on the most pressing stuff you need to do for the day. You’ll be fine.

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

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