Here are 3 ways to have a great week. . .
Set yourself up to create a positive change and move forward . . .
- Create a To-Do List. If you get an overview of all the tasks that are due, you can divide the big tasks into smaller to-do's. The key is to be specific. A task listed as "Reply to emails" is too general and may feel overwhelming. However, if you break it down further to say "respond to flagged emails" or "respond to emails from Friday" you can check them off more frequently, and feel more accomplished and in turn more motivated to keep going. Creating, and working through, To-Do lists have been found to:
Increase productivity while allowing for more personal time
Reduce stress and anxiety and improve mental well-being
Provide a sense of accomplishment
- Set Deadlines. Once you set a deadline, stick to it. You need to know when things need to be done and when to call it quits for the day. Checking things off of your to-do list ensures that you will meet your deadline and therefore, allowing for the occasional urgent matter, you need to know when to turn things off. Do what you need to do, but eventually, your family, your soul, or your body will let you know when you have gone too far. Being able to set and stick to deadlines consistently has been found to:
Help you prioritize what you need to do
Help you to clearly define your goals
Motivate you to achieve your goals
Enhance your creativity
Help you keep your promises to yourself and to others
Boost your confidence without being overly perfectionistic
Just be sure to:
Set a realistic timeframes
Try to make sure you are not overwhelmed with deadlines
Don't let yourself be affected by the fear of missing a deadline
- Give yourself breaks. You and your mind deserve deliberate breaks so you should look forward to them. Even if you are extremely busy, it's important that you find the time to even just take a 5-minute break. Stretch your legs, go for a walk, or go make a cup of coffee. Whatever you need or want to do that will help to recharge your battery, even with a small spark is worth the time you take away from your task at hand. Even short breaks have been found to:
Improve and restore focus and attention, especially for long-term tasks/goals
Improve emotional, mental, and physical health and overall well-being
Consolidate memories, increase creativity, improve learning, and prevent decision fatigue
Increase job satisfaction and boost employee engagement
Whatever you do, just put some magic in your Monday . . . and in you!
REMEMBER . . . YOU GOT THIS!