Most people cringe at the sound of their alarm piercing through the air on a Monday morning. But most people are not Jon Rush. Entrepreneur and Founder of C7 Device Recycle says “I used to really dread Mondays, but now it is my best day of the week because I know if the rest of the week explodes, I’ve handled the big stuff.”
So what’s Rush’s secret to a productive Monday? Check out these seven tips for starting your week out right.
- Get a Head Start
One way of making sure that your week ahead goes smoothly is to stop allowing everything to stockpile on a Friday. Rush spends his last hour every Friday at C7 Device Recycle examining his upcoming week and making sure that his priorities are on the calendar. Give yourself a head start on Monday by preparing for it before you leave your office on a Friday afternoon.
- Get Up Earlier
You’ve probably heard the word about not hitting the snooze button on Monday mornings. Sound advice. But what’s wrong with hitting the snooze button? Well, nothing. Except that you’re subconsciously saying that you don’t want to rise to your life. Yikes. When you look at it that way, it sounds scary, right? After all, what could be so bad about that meeting with your accountant?
- Handle The Big Stuff
Ever heard the expression about not putting off until tomorrow what you can do today? You know the one. Instead of letting your tasks mount up and postponing the stuff you don’t want to do, think of it the same way Rush does, with humor. Or to echo the words of Mark Twain, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” No offence intended to your accountant but, you get the idea.
- Stop Punishing Yourself
It’s no wonder Monday has such a bad rap, when we’re constantly delaying the tough things until its arrival. Ever said “my diet starts Monday” or “I’ll quit smoking on Monday?” The start of a new week becomes associated with punishment and suffering. Of course you want to hit the snooze button on Monday when you look at it that way. So start your diet on Wednesday or Friday. Or better yet, don’t start it at all.
- Auto Respond Your Emails
Ever bounced out of bed with a ton of energy and positivity for the week ahead, only to be bogged down by an overflowing inbox? If you’ve finally decided to make Monday the most productive day of your week, then don’t let anything distract you. Take a leaf out of Rush’s book and send auto-responses to your clients. Keep Monday free for taking care of the big stuff. Like ordering inventory, planning a content strategy, or, you know, eating a frog or two.
- Make Face To Face Connections
You may work virtually or prefer to communicate with your team via chat or email. But human contact, where possible, is important. Successful people connect with their teams face to face often, with Monday morning being one of the preferred times. It’s a great way of improving productivity throughout the week, as everyone has a chance to talk about their weekends and kick off the working week.
- Reward Yourself
You know that treat you allow yourself on a Friday evening? Stop saving it for the weekend. Be kind to yourself on a Monday as well and give yourself something to look forward to. Make a lunch date with a friend or book an appointment for a massage. Ever wanted to stay in bed longer on an important day, like your birthday or a special holiday? No? While filling out Excel sheets or planning a budget may not be the most thrilling things in the world, try to reward yourself every Monday.
According to Rush, these are the keys to a successful working week. After all, when Monday goes right and you’ve handled the most important issues, “the rest is just managing the process.”