The trick to making your week more productive, according to a recent article on Five Simple Things Super Productive People Do on Monday by best-selling author Kevin Daum, is to use Monday to your advantage and to see it as "an exciting beginning".
Here's his insights on what it is that productive people do differently:
1. They start with a positive attitude.Looking for more ideas on being more productive? Check out Atomic Learning's online training on Successful Time Management and Effective Meetings, just a few of the topics from the career skills training collection.
So much time and energy is used up by a bad mood. Super productive people don't like to waste any energy and they certainly don't want the week to lag from a bad start. They focus their mind on joyful productivity from the moment their feet hit the ground in the morning. They revel in the excitement of what they can accomplish. Instead of lamenting going to work, focus on where you truly want to be and what will take you forward.
2. They dedicate time for organization.
Starting Monday firefighting will put you behind schedule for the entire week. Super productive people understand that organization doesn't happen magically on its own. Time is required to think things through and create process. Otherwise, a haphazard approach will create chaos and eat the very time you thought you might save. Block out an hour first thing Monday morning and get your ducks in a row.
3. They prioritize their objectives.
If you don't have clear objectives on Monday, you will find yourself with a short week to get things done. Super productive people assess the entire week so they can manage their resources accordingly. That gives them the ability to meter out the week and adjust as necessary. Make your lists and calendar your time. It will free your mind for the week.
4. They anticipate obstacles.
Obstacles are an inevitable part of every project and work environment. Monday is a great time to focus on the obstacles of the week. Super productive people incorporate room for unknown speed bumps into their plan, so that when the inevitable happens, they don't get tripped up.
5. They line up their allies.
People are busy and you can't assume that they will use Monday to set up their own week. Super productive people take into account the human resources required and schedule appointments right away so they don't have to chase people later in the week. A colleague asked early for help is much more likely to respond and act than someone who is jarred into action by a surprise S.O.S.
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