Why I Love Mondays: How to Set Up Your Week for Success
It's always sad when the weekend wraps up but when you love your job, like I do, Mondays don't make me depressed. In fact, most weeks I am pumped to get the work week started. I don't fear the workday because I have set up a system to make sure I stay on track, cross things off of my to-do list and crush my goals.
I believe that one of the most difficult parts of being an entrepreneur is showing up consistently - which is why my work week is designed to build in consistent behaviors to ensure I am always taking steps towards my ultimate goals.
Now, everyone is going to have different goals so to give you a complete checklist of "must-do" tasks each day isn't really going to be helpful. Instead, I am going to give you some tips to help you create a workweek plan and stick with it. This plan focuses on consistency and using your time effectively.
Before setting your work week plan you have to be very clear about one thing - WHAT ARE YOUR LONG + SHORT TERM GOALS? If you are unclear as to what you are working towards, it's impossible to work towards. Clarity is so important so the first step is to get clear on your goals.
STEP 1 - Write down one daily, weekly and monthly goal (If you have a quarterly goal write that down too). Have these goals written down and easy to refer back to. For every task you take on you need to ask yourself - "will completing this task help me work towards the attainment of my goals?". If the answer is no, then it doesn't get to take up any of your work time.
STEP 2- Clearly define what hours of the day you are going to set aside for working on your business. Everyone has different schedule and different times during the day that they are most productive so there is no specific time of day you have to work. Choose the time that is best for you.
Once you have those hours defined make sure to define the tasks you need to get done for that time period and make a schedule. I know this may seem like overkill but I find that when I create a schedule and keep myself accountable to it I am the most productive. Here's am example of my Monday work schedule -
1000am - Schedule weekly Pinterest Content + Create 5 original Pins that link back to my own content + freebies
1130am - Brainstorm weekly blog post topics - choose 3 and start research
1215-200pm - Write Monday's blog post
200-300pm - Create Instagram/Facebook Posts for the week (7) Schedule in Buffer
300-315pm - BREAK
315-500pm - Work on Course Content
Try to create your weekly schedule on Sunday evening or first thing on Monday morning. You may find that your schedule stays pretty much the same depending on what goals you are focusing on at the moment. Remember, part of the purpose is to establish consistency in your business. Don't over think your daily schedule and guess what? You're the boss. So, if something comes up you can always modify your day to make it work.
As you work through your day be sure to minimize distractions. I know that I lose so much time when I have my phone in front of me and I see notifications from social media or e-mails come in. If you have turn off your phone or just turn it over on your desk that will help you resist the temptation of picking it up when you get stuck on a task or feel the urge to check social media.
STEP 3 - Track your progress. Goals should always be specific enough that they are measurable. If you can attach a number to your goals that is always a great way to establish if you are making progress or falling short.
An example of a measurable goal would be: Increase my website traffic to achieve 10,000 page views each month or Earn $2500 in online course revenue each month.
Make sure your goal is measurable and has a timeframe in which you are hoping to achieve each goal. This is why it is important to have weekly and monthly goals as well as those big quarterly or annual goals.
Create a place to log your progress. It could be as simple as writing those goals and the progress in your day planner or you could get fancy and create a spreadsheet to track your progress towards your goals.
Step 4 - Reward Yourself! Maintaining motivation is sometimes difficult so I try to create small rewards for myself if I meet specific goals. It may be a Starbucks Mocha if I stay on track and achieve my daily goal. When you achieve those big quarterly goals maybe give yourself a bigger reward like a spa day or even a vacation.
The key with the rewards is that you hold yourself accountable! If you achieve your goals you deserve that reward so make sure you take care of yourself. It's easy to experience burnout when you are an entrepreneur so don't be too hard on yourself and make time for self care.
I hope these tips help you create a stress free workweek while making sure you are making steady progress toward those big goals!! You can do it!!
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