Most people would wish for a prolonged weekend but guess what? Mondays would always come knocking.
How you start your week is very crucial and a determining factor to how the rest of the week will be. This is why it is important to start on a good note.
Here are five tips to help you start your week right to yield the best results in your business.
1. Be Thankful for What You Have
Everyday, take out little time to be thankful for what you have.
Be thankful for the opportunities you have and for the people around you.
Being thankful allows you to take stock of what you have and how lucky you are, it helps you keep a positive mindset and keeps you working hard towards your goals.
2. Positive Affirmations
Start the week with positive affirmations. Remind yourself of the things you look forward to.
Spend some time doing something that inspires you and brings your mood up. If you are not a morning person, maybe a solution for you is going to bed earlier on a Sunday, so that you can wake up rested. In other words, find something that actually makes you feel like you are starting your week productively, with a positive attitude.
3. Stay On Track
You can do this by asking yourself the following questions:
- What are your goals? What are the key things you are looking to accomplish this week, this month, this year? Write them down and keep them in front of you – this will remind you what you are working towards. If you need extra motivation, also write down why those goals are important to you.
- What are your key tasks? Break down your key goals into smaller, measurable activities. This will help you understand how the bigger picture breaks down into the daily, weekly and monthly tasks. After you identify those, figure out how long they will take and fit them into your schedule. Give yourself grace with the timeframe if you feel that it is getting overwhelming, but remember to prioritize the tasks that are urgent and cannot be postponed.
- How did you do the previous week? Have you accomplished the tasks and/or the goals you’ve set last time? If you haven’t, don’t beat yourself up; but do remember to look at them and see which ones you need to carry over into the week(s) to come.
- Are you ready for the week? Prepare your documents or organize your work. We all have certain routines that work for us, making us feel prepared for the next days’ scheduled (and unscheduled) activities. You might have to spend some time identifying what works best for you, but once you do – don’t neglect those little things. They will get you through your Mondays and the rest of the week much easier and faster!
These questions are as applicable to your work or business activities as they are to your everyday life. If you ask them regularly, you will have a more clear vision of your immediate and long-term future, which will make you feel more determined and organized in the beginning of the week.
4. Keep Yourself Accountable
After you’ve set your goals and tasks for the week keep track of your progress. Write your tasks down, or use online apps to check off what has been completed. Seeing your progress will help you stay motivated, as well as make adjustments to what you can realistically accomplish in a given timeframe.
If you need extra push, share your goals and tasks with the people who are close to you and are supportive of your goals: your teammates, business partner(s), or your significant other. When you share your goals and plans, you are more likely to follow through with them: now you know that there is someone else who can help keep you accountable.
5. Take Care Of Yourself
If you are one of the people who forgets about yourself during a busy week, then put self-care into your agenda! You need to have some days or activities that replenish your energy so that you can continue to stay motivated and follow through with your goals. Both your physical and your mental health are important, so don’t neglect yourself.