5 Things You Can Do on Friday to Make Monday Awesome
Instead of just waiting for the work week to end, use those few hours and these tips to make next week start out fantastic.
1. Set up some exciting contacts. Spend the afternoon emailing new prospects or perhaps mentors. Set up a lunch for next week that makes you anticipate good things to come. People may be slow to reply since its Friday afternoon, but in the worst case you’ll come back Monday to some positive responses.
2. Organize the week. Go through next week’s calendar and plan out the entire week. Set reminder alarms on your computer or smartphone calendar. Include all meetings, deadlines, and “to-do” items. Lay out a specific task list with apportioned hours. You’ll clear your mind of that nagging feeling that you forgot something and have a truly relaxing weekend, leaving you happier on Monday.
3. Get one thing off your desk. Fridays are the time when it’s most tempting to look at projects and tasks and say, “Oh, I’ll just pick it back up Monday.” So choose one of your ongoing projects and commit to getting it done before you leave. The satisfaction of accomplishment may even motivate you to do more today. And next Monday, you’ll have the relief of knowing that task won’t be on your desk to taunt you.
4. Shake up your routine. Reflect for a few moments on your usual weekly routine. Make a list of your typical distractions, the habits and stressors that keep you from starting the workweek with a bang. This can be anything from “chatting about the weekend over coffee with officemates” to “reading the accumulated junk e-mail on my laptop” or “hiding from my annoying boss or colleague.” Make a list, and then write down what you will do instead. Create a new routine that’s uplifting and energizing. Put it where you will see it first thing Monday morning.
5. End the week on a high. Show your appreciation. Pick someone in your office that has been extra helpful this week, done a fantastic job on a project, gone above and beyond, or been everyone’s ray of sunshine. Make sure you let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.