If you work Monday through Friday, Mondays are probably one of your busiest days at the office.
Here are a few tips for conquering Mondays:
Prepare On Sunday
In order of importance:
- Outline your week.
- Do Monday’s training.
- Food prep.
Number 1 is critical, and can be done in ten or fifteen minutes. Those few minutes of planning, which can be as simple as writing down a list of all the things on your plate, and then prioritizing it in a way that works for you (such as ‘tier 1, 2, or 3’ importance levels), will make you a productivity powerhouse.
If you are able to get a jump on #2 & #3 that’s awesome. You’ll be set for success.
Just Say ‘No’
Inevitably, what happens on Mondays is that a lot of other people are going to interrupt you, and try to derail you from your plans. They’re going to have their own agendas. They may not be sinister – they may in fact be very well meaning. But they are not your agendas.
Should you help? Perhaps. But not at the cost of getting done what you need to get done.
So, either set aside some time to help others (like, on your calendar), or, learn to positively say ‘no’. Example: “Bob, I would really love to help you with this, and I will, but I have a commitment right now. I will come back to you as soon as I can.”
Most emails can be ignored until you are ready to respond.
Block Off Chunks Of Time
For you. To get your big things done. When I say chunks, I mean hours. Like, possibly as much as four hours, but, no less than 1 or 2.
You’ll be amazed at how, if you can ignore all of the little tasks, and focus on your one big task for the day, how everything falls into place.
Invest two hours on your big project. Don’t worry how many little things are (seemingly) piling up all around you. Do not lose focus or get distracted.
When you’re done, you will have made big progress.
You’ll be able to dispatch with those little things in no time at all.
Set The Tone: Attack!
Attack the week. Conquer Monday, and you’ll keep driving forward all week long.
Were you able to get an extra training session in on Sunday? Train again on Monday. Even if it’s for 20 minutes. Do some push-ups, pull-ups, and dips.
Get up early. Preferably at 4:30 AM. Before your kids are up. Even if it’s just to read that book you’ve been meaning to, get started before anyone else can stop you.
Attack your rest as well. That means, go to bed early. A long Monday doesn’t mean stay up late watching TV as a reward. It means reward your body and mind with rest, so that you’re fresh for Tuesday.