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Article By: Charlotte (Silhouette Creatives)
Mondays, some love them and others hate them but as a starting point for the week, every successful woman makes the most of them. It can be intimidating staring down the barrel of a week of work and goals that you have lined up with no idea how to accomplish them, but you should use Mondays for preparation first and foremost. Trust me, it will set you up for the whole week! Here are the 5 key things successful women do to make the most of a Monday.
1. Set Clear Intentions
Have you ever been so overwhelmed by what you have to do you procrastinate and stagnate, therefore killing your productivity? Been there. For me, I know what I want long term but I struggle to find the steps short-term that will get me towards my goal. So, every Monday I create an extensive to-do list.
You should set out what definitely has to be done, e.g. any deadlines or essential dates that can’t be missed and immediate work relating to this. Then you have the work that you would really like to finish this week which is what you will pick up after a high-priority task. Lastly, add in two or three items that help you long term, whether it’s that article you’ve been meaning to read or starting the course that will help set up your business. Spend your Mondays short and long-term planning so that you have clear intentions of how you can kill it this week.
I know many will roll their eyes at this one, however, as someone who gets up early and spends most of the working day at a desk, you need it. Not just physically, but mentally. Exercise refreshes the brain and in many cases, can give you the mental break you need to come back to a problem refreshed and better able to deal with it. If you can fit exercise in on a Monday, when you are normally the most overwhelmed and feeling like you have too much work, you’ll have no excuses making time for it later in the week.
The best thing to do is choose a club, social activity or an accountability partner for the gym who you cannot let down, even when life is getting in the way.
3. Define What You Need
It’s all good and well deciding on tasks to achieve but do you have the resources to get there? Not just when it comes to the physical but the mental skillset as well. For many entrepreneurs, it is important to wear multiple hats and learn new skills as you go but this means you could be forgetting something during the planning phases. If one of your goals is to start your own business, you’ll need basic accounting software, an understanding of legal documents from contracts and agreements to terms and conditions, web design ideas or skills if you are working with a budget.
Break down your goals for the week and make sure that when you jump onto each task, the resources and skills are there to help you get it done. If you are missing some, add this to your core list of long-term elements to work on. Just keep asking yourself; what do I need to get this done and get to where I want to be?
4. Seek Motivation
The Monday motivation hashtag is there for a reason because coming off of a weekend can be an awful shock to the system, particularly if you have managed to fit in some relaxation time. Often, our work and successes can be motivation enough but let’s be honest, sometimes it just doesn’t cut it! With this in mind, find like-minded individuals who are striving for success and have your back; whether this is Facebook or LinkedIn groups, hashtags in Instagram or Twitter or someone in your life who will keep pushing you forward! Successful women didn’t get to where they are by having great days all the time. So it is important to motivate yourself through the difficult days and you will already be ahead of those who fail at this hurdle.
5. Take Action
Now, after all the Monday theory, it’s time to put everything on your calendar and shape your week so that you can put it into action it. It’s all good and well making a to-do list and thinking about long-term plans but if you aren’t going to actually do it, you’ve made it redundant. Examine your calendar and see if you can find time to fit everything on your to-do list, this means breaking it down hourly if you have to but find a way to allocate time. If something takes longer, that’s why you have prioritized your list and I am not going to pretend that things sometimes don’t get in the way, but if you can fit it (realistically) on the calendar, then you can push yourself to get it all done. We all love ending the week on a high when the tasks are done!
It may feel like spending all this time planning detracts from productivity but in fact, it keeps you focused and avoids mid-week (or day) procrastination so you’re really just using the time you’ve saved. You will find you will become more efficient at outlining, managing your calendar and knowing what you want (all traits of successful women) but at the very least, doing this will make sure Mondays don’t feel quite so overwhelming.
Charlotte is a young entrepreneur and small business owner at Silhouette Creatives who, having started her own content writing business, is loving the success and challenges that come with it. When she’s not tackling Mondays, she is hanging out with her husband, two kids, and four (yes four) cats.
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