The best way to set yourself up for an amazingly productive Monday morning, is to have your TO DO LIST ready and waiting on your desk. We often spend half the morning trying to decide what jobs we need to do first, and this not only takes time, but a surprising amount of energy and brain power.
You need to eliminate this opportunity to procrastinate and set yourself up, ready to go. I try to do this on a Friday afternoon but if I don’t get a chance to do that, I make sure it happens before I go to bed on a Sunday.
The key to a useful and successful list, is to keep it short!
Trying to spend the last 10 min of each day writing a list for the following work day. Make sure you keep it to only 5 or 6 items long. Prioritise and only write down the six most important things, the stuff that MUST get done. Doing it daily helps create a regular habit and will impact the way you think about your never ending list of tasks.
It is even more important to do this ready for a new week, as it gets you set up in the right mind frame at the start off on a considered and productive foot forward into your new week.
Monday mornings have the power to set the tone for the week ahead.
The more efficient, organised and relaxed you can be on a Monday the better the week is on a whole. Spending the time to prioritise what you really need to achieve the following week also allows you to mentally prepare for the tasks at hand.
Limit yourself to outlining the top 5 or 6 things that need doing the following week. My internal to-do lists were miles long – which makes writing this list harder, and it is simply unrealistic and unachievable. Having a constant, never ending list of tasks ahead of you makes you feel deflated and exhausted just thinking about it. You will feel guilty for having not worked harder (no matter how hard you did try).
Take your crazy, unrealistic mental TO DOS and work out the six most important things to get done.
Completing tasks and crossing items off instead leaves you feeling inspired and energised!
And there is no better energy boost in business than getting to the end of a list of important tasks.