Busy Monday mornings are never an easy reality to face, but it’s important to understand that Monday defines the rest of your week. You can start off strong every week, setting the tempo for the days ahead. Here are four quick tips to improve your Monday productivity:
1. Plan ahead: Use the end of this week to set up the next. Stay on top of your game by scheduling new appointments for the week ahead. This will give you some peace of mind as you enter the weekend. Plus, it’ll decrease your levels of stress and anxiety.
2. Get organized: Monday will arrive sooner than you think. Make sure you’re fully prepared for Monday before enjoying time with your friends and family over the weekend. Have your calendar and list of prospects ready to roll, and be sure to organize your office space. Monday will be much less intimidating when you know exactly what needs to be done – and where everything is.
3. Sleep: Never underestimate the importance of a great night’s rest! Expect your productivity to increase as you prioritize your sleep higher on Sunday nights.
4. Create time: There are only 24 hours in a day, but everyone can improve at using this time more efficiently. Set aside time specifically to clear your inbox and return your voicemails. Limit your lunch break to a designated 30 or 45 minutes. Stick to your schedule and set time limits to help yourself stay on task.
Work can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. With the right mindset, you can change the way you think about the beginning of the workweek. A few simple tweaks can dramatically improve the start of each new week. Trust us, it’ll be worth it in the end!