You might have the brightest and most inspired ideas, but they all require time and proper planning. But, the question is – where to get started? How to reach stress-free Mondays?
Getting started can be the hardest challenge for a personal or professional task/project/idea. Also, some of us tend to build it all up in a pile and setting unrealistic goals of completing the said tasks, all of this leading to an incredible time pressure, which follows into frustration.
Shortly, I am hoping that this mini-blog can bring a structure to your Mondays, or any other days.
This small system helped me declutter my mind, prioritize my mental health at work, and getting stuff DONE. As well as effortlessly reach stress-free Mondays.
1. Organize your working desk
Do not jump straight into work from the moment you enter the office, because this might create the opposite effect on you trying to reach stress-free Mondays. Decluttering your desk will allow you to step into the working process slowly. Additionally, this action will give you a more in-control, organized, and a fresh start. A coffee cup can keep you a great company.
2. Start with your emails
As a fact, checking onto your emails on Monday not only helps you plan your tasks better but also can make you feel in control of your assignments.
How is that?
Browsing and sorting emails from colleagues, your boss, or partners will give you a real understanding of what has to be prioritized through the day, week, or even month.
Diminish the element of surprise. If you are already working on some projects, checking your emails through the day (for the first time) can be stressful, as new, emerging tasks may arise.
3. Make a checklist
Now that you have gone through your emails, you will have a great understanding of what has to go on your priority checklist of the day. Also, you will be able to postpone the tasks that can wait and do not present an emergency.
Build your checklist realistically, consider the time and resources you need to conclude it.
Start with small and easy to complete tasks, besides do not dive in the ocean without trying to swim in the sea.
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4. Ensure a pleasant ambient – music
Music is a stress-relieving tool that is used by innovative and open-minded organizations to create a pleasant, stress-relieving ambient for their employees.
In case this doesn’t happen in your company, create the ambient yourself 🙂
Do not make a party out of the office, but no one canceled headphones.
Whatever music inspires you, from jazz to metal rock, let it flow in the background; this will serve as a safe space for your mind to rest at indirectly.
5. Roll with your tasks
One by one, dissect your tasks and use those small tips to get inspired and confident.
Have a good Monday and a productive start of the week.