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Makeover your Mondays for a more successful work week

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After back-to-back weeks with holidays smack in the middle, workers across the country are probably feeling a little dazed this morning, no matter their field. Most of us are conditioned to kick the week off on Monday morning and wrap it up late Friday afternoon.

The start-stop-start-again nature of the past few weeks? Pretty jarring to say the least.

If you find yourself strangely desperate for a return to normalcy, let’s talk about next Monday. In this season of resolution making and establishing new habits, Mark LePage of EntreArchitect.com has some great tips for kicking off the work week as successfully as possible.

“Monday is the most important day of the week,” LePage writes. “What we choose to do on this day each week will set up our remaining days for success or doom us to a week of frustration.”

No Monday meetings
Monday meetings do not make for a more productive start to the week. Quite to the contrary, LePage argues. Let Monday be about production — diving into that to-do list right away instead of talking about it. “This keeps my day open and my time free to properly manage the remaining days of the work week,” LePage writes.

Take 10 minutes of quiet
Make the transition into the work week a conscious one. “Before I start my day, I close the door to my studio and sit quietly for ten minutes. I don’t surf the net, check email or respond to Twitter mentions. I just sit… quietly,” LePage writes. “I use this time as a transition between my morning as Dad, when I make breakfast for my kids and get them all to the bus on time, and my week ahead.”

Don’t waste the morning reading email
Even if you cleaned out your inbox on Friday, it’s probably filled up again come Monday morning. But rather than read through every last message, scan them and come back later. “Rather than a complete review first thing in the morning, I will scan the subjects for any potential crises,” LePage writes. If nothing calls for my immediate attention, I move on to my weekly review leaving the email for later.”

List your priorities
“I review each project and identify what needs to be completed, review deadlines and understand priorities for each,” LePage writes. From there, it’s a matter of tackling each task and crossing items off the list.

(For more tips to kick off a successful work week, check out LePage’s advice here.)

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