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, the week before. A couple of days ago I talked about taking a few minutes to ready your space for the next day at work, I would also encourage you, to spend just a few extra moments writing out your to do list.
The key to a useful and successful list, is to keep it short!
This months I have been trying to spend the last 10 min of each day writing a list for the following work day. Making sure I keep it to only 5 or 6 items long.
But I have found it is even more important to do this at the week’s end, so you are set up in the right mind frame at the start of your new week.
Monday mornings tend to have the power to set the tone for the week ahead.
The more efficient, organised and relaxed I am 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. This leads to you to feel deflated and guilty for having not worked harder (no matter how hard you did try).
In comparison, crossing items off, or even get to the end of the list, leaves you feeling inspired and energised!
What is going to be on your “Next Week’s List” today?
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