Well technically it’s Tuesday and most of us had Monday off for the May long weekend. Hope you all had an enjoyable much deserved holiday.
But for most people, Monday means back to work, back to reality, and that dreaded five more full work days until the weekend. Not for me here. For me, Monday means the beginning of a brand new week and a fresh set of exciting opportunities. Check out these five surefire ways to guarantee a successful week:
Wake up early – “Smell the coffee”. Give yourself the time to mentally prepare for the day and get organized for the week. A good rule of thumb is to wake up three hours before your day is supposed to start.
Get moving – Workout. The morning is the best time of the day to get a sweat on. It gives your body and mind a chance to wake up. It also knocks that workout off your to-do list first thing in the morning…so you don’t have a chance to blow it off later for happy hour (admit it, we’re all guilty of this).
Breakfast of champions – Eggs and toast with a cup of coffee with lotsa cream please! Eat a big breakfast in the morning before you start your work day. I love coming home after a hard workout and cooking scrambled eggs with a side of toast. I usually watch the news, check a few of my favourite blogs, and start writing out my to-do list for the day.
Make a To-Do List – This is so incredibly important. Whether you are a visual person or not, writing out a to-do list for the day (and week) forces you to think of all your weekly tasks and prioritize them. For me, Mondays mean sales meeting and I have to be prepared. I prioritize my to-do list by account (customer) and task level of importance. Most customers have several tasks listed out below them for the week.
Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude – Be thankful for the day. Remember what you’re working for and be thankful for the opportunities you have (including the breaths you take). Take a few minutes each morning to reflect and write down what you’re thankful for.
I have this adorable gratitude jar on my desk that I try to write in every morning. It actually makes me feel better and gives me that little push that I need to get focused.
Get up, get moving, get organized, give Thanks, have a great week!