Remember that 80’s song “I Don’t Like Mondays?” by the Boomtown Rats? Yep. That became one of my anthems in high school – and years later, as a young professional, I could still identify with those lyrics. But not anymore. I look forward to Monday mornings. They are my day to make things happen. Make connections. Schedule tweets. Research. Write. Get started. Not that I don’t do these things in some way all week long, but Mondays offers up a brand new week. Maybe it’s a week to start over. To do things differently. Maybe it’s a week to continue the momentum from last week. I never know what’s going to happen. What new projects will come my way. Who I’ll connect with through social channels. How I’ll help someone. What ideas for my blog will surface. What acceptance letters I might get for my writing submissions.
How do I remain so upbeat? Well, for one thing I absolutely love what I do. That helps. But looking forward to Mondays is really based on what I did on the previous Friday afternoon to prepare for it.
Here are 4 things you can do every Friday to help you look forward to Monday mornings, too. And make your Mondays more creative and successful!
- Create a to-do list for Monday morning. You might not know everything that’s going to happen next week, but based on this week, you’ll have a good idea of where you need to pick up, who you need to follow up with, and what the hot priorities are for the week ahead.
- Review next week’s calendar. Remind yourself what calls and meetings you’ve scheduled. Then make a list of how you’ll prepare for each one. No meetings? Or not enough scheduled? Choose a handful of people to contact right now. It’s Friday afternoon – while most people are in a hurry to get out, they’re also in a good mood – catch them now and set up a call or a meeting for next week.
- Get caught up on “housekeeping” items. Things like entering client hours, mileage and expenses for the week will make you feel that much better about signing off for the weekend. Don’t put these things off for Monday morning – starting your week off with these mundane tasks is no way to look forward to the week. And for us creative types, it can suck the wind right out of our sails – and that’s no way to start a new week.
- Review your week. Getting caught up on accounting items will also give you a good idea of how your week went financially. Did you meet your goals? Knowing this will give you a great idea of how you want next week to go.
If you dread Monday mornings, try changing your Friday afternoons. And join me in getting psyched about each new week. I can’t wait for Monday morning! How about you?
Your Turn: What do you do to prepare for a new work week?What helps you get up bright and early Monday morning ready to take the week by storm?