Monday Morning Plan

Why is it when the work week is short, it never feels that way?

Is it because you have to do five days of work in four? When the weekend comes and it’s not a respite from the worries of the previous week and it just piles on to the upcoming work week is having a day off helpful?

It sure beats the alternative to not having a job.

I hate taking for granted getting that paycheck every two weeks. I actively attempt to think otherwise all the time. I’m lucky. I have a great employer who values what I bring to the table. I really do like what I do for a living.

There’s an old line about if you love what you do you never work a day in your life. I think that’s true, but I think it rare that people are lucky enough to work at a career they truly love. I think it’s probably far more accurate to say that there’s dread on Sunday nights when you know you have a work week ahead. There’s a weariness.

Is there a way to break that cycle? A way to get ahead of the dread?

I think the only way is to change your point of view.

There will always be challenges and tough decisions during a work week and now not just on Monday either. Embrace those challenges and attack them with confidence. Sitting around complaining about co-workers, the work load, or management is wasted time.

Make a Monday Morning Plan and set up your week to be successful instead of stressful. 

My Monday Morning Plan consists of taking the first hour of my work day and clearly outlining what are the most important new projects of the week. I then check on the status of ongoing projects and adjust accordingly. At that point I’ll review my email and address any important tasks or meetings I need to incorporate into my week. Satisfied in knowing what I’ve got coming up, I get my coffee and fire up a playlist on Spotify and get down to business.

Maybe your Monday Morning Plan starts with coffee. Maybe it starts with a staff meeting. Whatever your plan is, the most important thing is to stick with the routine.

This may read a tad bit like common sense. I get that. I’ve just found far too much sense isn’t really all that common. Plus, knowing what to do and actually implementing the plan are two distinctly different things. 

Try setting up routines that get you ready for work. It will make you happier and more productive.