We always complain that we do not have enough time to finish our day to day chores. How about using Mondays more efficiently to get things done more quickly? Sounds good? Well then here is my take on how I could make my Mondays more productive.
1. Accept that the weekend is over! It’s history
I assure you that I hear this line over and over again every week “Man, I am so not ready for another work week” or “I am still in the weekend mode”. I know we all wish life was a long weekend but accepting the fact that the weekend is over and it’s time to start a bright new day full of opportunities will help you be more productive.
2. What starts well ends well
It is imperative to carefully plan the start of your day. Just like how we warm our bodies before a run or workout, it is necessary to warm up your body and brain for a productive and fun day. I start off my day with a cup of coffee, going through my emails, reviewing what I was working on last week and making an agenda for the day. Spending about 30 minutes going through this exercise refreshes your memory and gives you a clear idea of what needs to be achieved by the end of the day. Just because it is easier to remember visuals for our brain, this exercise could ensure a smoother day ahead.
3. One step at a time
We are usually overwhelmed by the massive “to-do” list which we compile early on in the week. Setting several smaller goals for yourself throughout the day would make it easier to stay focused and on track.
4. Hard work deserves to be rewarded
Every time you reach one of your set goals for the day, reward yourself! It can be as small as a walk to the kitchen to get some coffee (that’s how I reward myself) or going on a shopping splurge. Using incentives throughout the day can be a strong defense against a case of the Mondays.
5. Be Thankful it’s Monday
It is a new week, a new day and another opportunity to start fresh. You’ve had a great, well deserved weekend and now it is time to finish off what was left incomplete last week. The start always sets the tone for the remainder of the journey and gives a better sense of how to deal with ‘the unexpected’. Be positive and tell yourself that this is the best day of the week. Your body language has a considerable influence on your thoughts and your decision making. Be confident, dress well and keep smiling. Trust me it always helps. Plus, another awesome weekend is just right around the corner!
The realization of creating the difference between a good day and a bad one is the fact that nothing is truly good or bad, or right or wrong. It is simply the difference in our perspective. If we can learn to control our minds we can be much more satisfied and content with ourselves and with others around us. If you still haven’t discovered a reason to be thankful for a new beginning, a new week, then maybe we can at least be thankful to have lived one more day. Let’s make our favorite day of the week… every day.
This blog post has been written by Sharique Khan. Click here to learn more about Sharique.