Mondays are tough. Not only are you mourning the freedom that the weekend provides, but your schedule is full, baby! There’s so much to think about at the beginning of the week that it’s no wonder Monday dread spreads through the office like a winter cold.
What if I told you there was an easier way to start the week than the way you’ve been operating?
The best Mondays are the ones when you leave the office feeling like you accomplished something important. That sense of accomplishment will boost your mood and catapult your motivation for the rest of the week.
Here’s how you’ll do that:
Don’t schedule meetings
Make Monday your get-shit-done day. If you have regularly scheduled meetings on Mondays, see if you can reschedule them. When you’re asked for your availability for a call, don’t offer up Monday if you have other options.
The fewer interruptions you have, the more opportunity you’ll have to work your way through your to-do list.
Face up to what you’ve been avoiding
We all have those things that we get comfortable putting off and adding to the next week’s to-do list. It’s easy to convince yourself, “If I waited this long, why does it matter if I do it now?”
It matters because these are the things that weigh on our mind. They fill us with dread and keep us procrastinating, feeling like we can never get it all done.
Take a good hard look at your to-do list (that hopefully you created before zipping out last Friday) and pinpoint what’s been making the list week after week - it will be obvious! That’s what you need to do first.
Turn off the distractions
Maybe it’s me, but I give into distractions wayyyyy too easily. Shut off your email and silence your phone for an hour.
When you give your full attention to the task at hand, it will be easier to get in the groove, make progress, and complete it all in one sitting.
Oh and a little caffeine never hurt anyone!
It’s tough to get started but once these to-do stragglers are done I can promise a huge weight will be lifted and you’ll be even more excited to start the things you want to be doing.
Tell me: what’s on your list that you’re ready to cross off?