A productive, happy, and effective day is usually achieved by starting out fast and peppy in the morning. Unfortunately, the day is often lost to many of us even before we get out of bed: we self-destruct as soon as we wake up, dreading the thought of having to go to work. For most people, Monday mornings in particular can be the most difficult time of all. If you have trouble getting started each week, here is some timely advice on beating those Monday morning blues…
1. Finish as many jobs as possible on Friday.
If you finish as many tasks as you can before the weekend, you will feel much better knowing that these matters are not hanging over for Monday morning.
2. Tidy up your office before leaving on Friday evening
Never arrive on Monday morning to find the cluttered remnants of the previous week’s work.
3. Get Monday off to a flying start on Friday.
Try not to start a project from scratch on Monday. Begin a task on Friday so that you can pick it up when you arrive on Monday morning, thus giving yourself momentum and an immediate sense of accomplishment.
4. Set a new goal for Monday.
On Friday afternoon, write down a simple goal to be tackled first thing Monday morning. It won’t hurt to think about Monday’s goal while pruning the roses on Sunday.
5. Leave weekend matters to the weekend.
Never carry non-business issues and tasks from your weekend over to Monday morning. Get them out of the way before Monday morning or postpone them until later in the week.
6. Take it easy on Sunday night.
Schedule your weekend activities for Saturday and for Sunday morning and afternoon. Reserve Sunday night for relaxation, winding down weekend activities in preparation for a new working week.