Some of us associate the beginning of the week with being tied down and trapped in chore of work and routine, but we should start looking at Mondays as powerful and compelling, that give us passion and enthusiasm to get moving and get things done. We are in control of our lives and have the power to influence where it goes. So here are three ways to be more productive and beat that slump at the beginning of the week:
- Set goals, break them down into achievable actions and create a to-do list with three main tasks for each day. This helps us focus on the bigger picture and to start the day with intention. Begin with the biggest, hardest and most time-consuming task to give it your full attention and energy, and focus on each task at a time. As the week progresses, spend 15 minutes each morning looking over that to-do list, altering it accordingly, and revisiting your main goals to refresh your passion and motivation for them.
- Get enough sleep, wake up at least an hour earlier than your normal wake-up time, and establish a routine. By waking up earlier, we begin the day by already feeling productive, because we’ve firstly accomplished the task of actually getting up earlier but also managed to get other things done before we would have even woken up on a normal day. Then, by giving ourselves distinct working hours with regular breaks, we can tune our brains to expect certain tasks at certain times of the day, which allows us to focus and succeed.
- Clear away the clutter, in your external environment, your mental environment and your virtual environment. Keep your working space clear, write down all your anxieties or sudden thoughts in a notebook to revisit later, and turn off all unnecessary electronic devices and websites, including emails and your phone. Learn to say no to menial business and eliminate your distractions by working in a calm place. If you are particularly susceptible to procrastination, use your breakfast time as time worthy of all your bad habits, to get all that internet browsing and idling over with from the outset.
I hope you all begin your week with purpose, perseverance and discipline! Remember, we are the only ones in control of our life, so take it and use it.