If you get a lot of satisfaction from having a productive week then there are heaps of things you can do to help make each day run more effectively. However having a successful Monday where you really get on top of your workload can have a huge impact on the rest of your week and how much you achieve. Importantly there are 3 things you must avoid doing if you want to start your week off in the best possible way…
We all have different ways of approaching Monday morning, but whether you’re dreading it or excited about what lies ahead, there are 3 keys things I recommend avoiding to get the most out of your day and week ahead: –
1. Avoid: Planning
Planning is imperative. I’m a BIG advocate, and never start a working day without a plan – it’s an ingrained habit of mine now and one that works exceptionally well. BUT, spending your morning planning what to do with your time is not the most effective way to start your day, and the same goes for kicking off your week. Monday mornings, when used smartly, are a great way to motivate yourself to have a really stellar week but it’s key to get stuck in to important tasks that aid satisfaction ASAP so that you spend as much time as possible focusing on the things that help you reach your goals and objectives.
Planning the night before gets a big tick from me, and is proven to aid a more restful nights sleep, as well as enhance your productivity the following working day. So if you want to set your week off well, schedule time in your diary on a Friday afternoon to plan what you’re going to focus on on Monday and then book blocks of time out in your diary to make sure those tasks happen. That way you can start being productive from the moment you get into the office, instead of suddenly finding that it’s already 10.30am and all you’ve done so far is make brekkie, huddle around the water cooler catching up on gossip, and updating Facebook!
2. Avoid: Sorting Out Your Emails
You might feel like you’re being productive, but spending most of Monday morning trawling through a backlog of emails and filing them in complex, colour-coded folders probably isn’t contributing to the overall objectives of your job. It’s easy to get caught up in ‘time fillers’ on Monday mornings – you know, those tasks that make you feel productive and busy, but really aren’t important or urgent. Limit the time you spend you spend on these kind of tasks, and never start your Monday morning’s off doing them – it’s a wasted opportunity and won’t help you get in the right head-space to have an outstanding week.
Now before you panic and say that you ‘Must’ check your emails first thing, that’s OK but make sure you give yourself a very specific block of time – say, 15 minutes – to get on top of anything urgent that’s come in over the weekend and then move on to more important tasks. Significantly, avoid playing tidy-up – that’s time wasted.
3. Avoid: Putting Off The Tough Stuff
It’s all well and good easing yourself into the week, but taking it slowly and doing the simple stuff first won’t help you get ahead as quickly, or feel as satisfied, as if you just got stuck in and did the hard stuff first that you’ve been procrastinating over.
Success breeds success, so if you can kick yourself into gear quickly and get some of the tough jobs done at the very start of your day you will enjoy a boost in motivation and importantly, set your week up for success.
Focus on the tasks that are important, possibly urgent because you’ve been procrastinating, and significantly contribute to your key goals at work – even if you spend the first hour giving your focus and attention to these jobs you’ll improve your level of productivity significantly.
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting
Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email email@example.com
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