Mondays bring a fresh start to the week. They allow you to set a path for the four days that proceed. According to Hubspot, Mondays are the second most productive day of the work week. Here are some ways to set yourself up for a productive week.
On Monday morning, schedule meetings for the rest of the week. As the day progresses, you’ll find it tougher to meet with others as schedules fill up. Send out any emails requesting meetings first-thing when you get in.
If you don’t check your emails during the weekend, it’s a good idea to go to the office a little earlier than normal to get your inbox in shape for the week ahead. While it’s tough to roll out of bed after the weekend, you’ll be able to focus more time on the most important tasks.
Your Toughest Task
Mondays are the day to hit the ground running. If you start with your toughest task, there’s a less likely chance that you will procrastinate. Spend at least two hours on a “pain project” if possible before moving on to a simpler task.
Towards the last two hours of the workday, take some time to think about your future work. How will you accomplish it? If you do creative work, think about the theme you want on that particular project, or what colors you want to use. Creative thinking can be done after you’ve done your most strenuous tasks of the day, right before you leave the office. If you’re working with others, hold brainstorming sessions during the afternoon.
Show Your Appreciation
Mondays can be tough for any employee, but showing someone a little extra appreciation each week can help him or her get a great start to their week. Even just a mention of a standout job that an employee does on something can go a long way.