Monday is the first day of the week and many people get back to work from the weekend with a "I don't like mondays" attitude, looking for ways to get as smooth and easy as possible through to the next Friday.
But there are a few out there that think different. "Another great week is waiting for me full of challenges, surprises and fun. Let's enjoy this week as it would be my first week on earth and get the most out of it!".
Different mindset - different week! I promise you!
It's Reactive versus Proactive. Be proactive is habit number 1 of Stephen Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".
So why is Monday Proactive-Day? The truth is, to be proactive is not something you are only on Mondays, it is a habit you can actually learn. But as Monday is the first day of the week there is something special I recommend you should do first thing in the morning:
Add a one hour meeting with yourself to your agenda called "Put first things first". Add a few categories as headlines into the meeting notes so you have a little template, a guideline. I do this in Outlook as a meeting with myself and like that it pops up every Monday morning at 9:30 when I arrive. Here you can see the template I use.
The tricky thing is - and here is where you will quickly see if you are really becoming proactive - is editing the list every Monday morning AND putting all planned meetings and activities that are important for you on your agenda. You need discipline to do this every single Monday. Try to do this for one month an let us know how that changed your week and if not tell us why id did not work.
Have a great (Mon) day!
Born in Germany 1967. Living since 1999 in Spain. Married and father of three. Evangelist of Stephen R. Covey's "The 7 habits of highly effective people". Humble learner who helps others to get the best out of themselves.