I know it’s an unpopular opinion.. But Monday is my favorite day of the work week. I am very results driven and Monday brings with it the opportunity to get sh*t done. Simply put, I love each Monday’s promise of accomplishing a new set of weekly goals at work and at home.
So, what do I do to make sure my Mondays are successful and happy, you ask?
A happy Monday starts on Sunday! Sunday evening, I plan my week ahead using my paper planner. I love a tangible paper and pen planning session. I plan all commitments and list my personal and work goals for the week.
Also, on Sunday evening, I pack my lunch and lay out my gym clothes and work outfit. I've said it before, but I can't emphasize enough how important it is to reduce decision fatigue in order for me to be as successful as possible. The fewer decisions I have to make before leaving my house, the better off I am, all week.
When Monday morning arrives, I take it on with coffee and (usually) a workout. By the time I get to my office, I’ve been awake for four hours, have already accomplished a work out, and I know my goals for the day and week ahead. The momentum of having already knocked out one goal (my workout) propels me forward with confidence.
Mondays are generally one of my most productive days at work and it’s by design that I get things done. I have several important meetings every Monday and it’s those meetings that set a clear direction for the week. In order to get the most out of these meetings, I take a few minutes to prepare before each appointment. This small preparedness helps me be as helpful as possible to both myself and my team!
And because I live by “eating the frog,”* I take care of any dreaded tasks as soon as I can on Monday morning. Not having my “frog” hanging over my head makes for a much happier Monday (and every day)!
By the time Monday afternoon rolls around, I know that I’ll be checking off my list all week and that feeling of future accomplishments within my grasp makes me the most happy!
What motivates you to take on Monday?
*From the book: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy