Over the past months of working a corporate job, I am always so excited on Fridays and discouraged by Sunday evenings. This is not because I hated my job No, I just dreaded Monday mornings actually.
I don’t like the extreme seriousness that everyone carried about on Monday mornings. Including the fact that there is always one form of performance appraisals on Monday mornings or the other. It’s quite hard not to sense the haste and pressure in the atmosphere which often tends to be distracting as well. It was not until I started making the conscious effort to combat this that I began looking forward to Monday mornings.
I have shared with you the exact things that helped me to stop dreading Monday mornings. Including how my productivity got doubled by these same principles in this article.
The first thing I did was to decide what I wanted which was to stop dreading Monday mornings. This decision opened me up to access my situation, find out how I got to where I am and begin to make conscious efforts to change my situation.
These tips have been life-saving for me and I am certain that they will help you too.
Move Appraisals to Friday/weekends:
I made up my mind to have my own personal appraisal or assessment done by Friday.
This helped me to understand what my situation is and have a ready-made list of strategies for the new week. Especially, I get a very concise and clear direction on the things needed to be completed on every Monday mornings.
Not only that, I tend to be better prepared to face my supervisor with suggestions to move the department forward. I will take out time to cross out what worked the past week and what did not work. Take note of mistakes I made and strategies to help me abate them in the new week.
As complicated as this may sound, it doesn’t take me as much as 30 minutes to handle and this, in turn, doubled my productivity making me a golden egg in the department.
Get enough rest on Sunday:
Be sure to rest very well on Sunday so as to have enough energy for the next morning. As much as possible, avoid sleeping late as this could make you to wake-up late the next morning.
And trust me, you don’t want to start the day wrong.
Plan the entire week over the weekend:
This is one thing that will keep you sane. Have a goal for the week in every aspect of your life. Keep a daily To-Do List that you will have to work on every single night in preparation for the next day. Doing this alone can improve your overall productivity by almost 100%
Keep a daily To-Do List that you will have to work on every single night in preparation for the next day. Doing this alone can improve your overall productivity by almost 100%.
And to crown it all, once you start incorporating personal appraisals in your schedule as said earlier, planning will become very easy as well.
Start with The most difficult task:
So Monday is finally here. Don’t start with the simple tasks on your to-do list. Start with the most tasking or difficult task. You will observe that as soon as this is accomplished, you will be more motivated to carry on with the rest of the tasks.
If you ever get stuck on this task, move on to another one and work at the speed of light to accomplish as many tiny tasks as possible. Take a break at mid-day and return to the difficult task.
Seek help if you need to. This will save you from overwhelm.
Work while you work:
One of the things I do every Monday mornings is to avoid idle talks. And generally, anything that is not on my to-do list.
There are colleagues who will want to gist about the weekend and generally carry over some gossip from the previous week. These are time killers, so avoid them.
Even while you are checking your email, start with work-related emails. And make a habit of not subscribing to mailing lists with your work email. This will reduce your overwhelm.
So, I would love to hear the tips you have implemented in your routine that have helped you to stop dreading Monday mornings in the comments below. Keep shinning.
Love, Sekinat Sanni.