Happy Monday, folks! How was your weekend? Mine was surprisingly relaxing. I feel recharged for the week!
Except I want to use my energy to play outside, decorate my dining room, or go for run. As is typical for a case of the Mondays, I’m feeling a little uninspired to work (you, too?).
So, how can we kick-start our week and get our minds all work-ified?
A list. (Of course.) But not just any list. This is a list of questions to get our minds churning and ready for desk action. But first, some credit where credit is due:
My boss reads a lot. And, he likes to send my coworkers and I helpful articles he finds on the interwebs. Last week, he sent out 10 Questions To Start Your Week to our sales team and cc’d me (it’s from the Sales Blog). Although I am not in sales (persuasion is not my thing), I found it to be incredibly helpful.
However, some of the questions don’t really apply to my job. So, I reformatted it and took a different look at the questions to be a bit more generic.
To get motivated, write down an answer to the questions below and you’ll have everything you need to start your week on the right foot. After you’ve answered each of the eight questions, just try not to be productive. I dare you.
1. Who do you need to thank this week? Who helped with a project at work last week, who helped with a personal situation? Who referred a client, forwarded a helpful article or made a good recommendation? Tell them thanks.
2. What commitments have you made that you need to keep this week? You signed up to volunteer for something, didn’t you? Did you promise an email/call/follow up to someone? Don’t stand them up. Keep your word.
3. What is one task you need to accomplish to work towards a bigger goal/project? Sure, your priority at work this week might be logistics for a tradeshow, but there is likely a long-term project or a big goal that there is just never enough time for. There is, isn’t there? What is one thing you can do to take a step towards it this week?
4. What have you been avoiding? Is there a task (or several) that you’ve been purposefully putting off? Get it done. At least, get it started. Crossing it off your list will feel ah-mazing.
5. Who can you help? How can you reach out and give value to someone other than yourself this week?
6. What will you do to improve yourself? It’s not always about the job or other people. How can you cultivate your own interests, expand your knowledge on an important topic, or be sure you have enough energy to tackle the day-to-day this week?
7. What lessons have you not put into action yet? Maybe you read an article with great organization ideas recently or picked up some tips to be more productive. Or perhaps you had a really awesome idea that you just haven’t put into motion yet. Think about the last couple of weeks or months and take a lesson you’ve recently learned or an idea you want to explore and apply it to your work this week.
8. Who do you have to be? What kind of person do you need to be to achieve everything you want this week? (Besides a busy one. Pssh.)
All right, look at your answers. Still feeling a case of the Mondays? Didn’t think so… go get ’em!
(Uh, if you still feel uninspired, then grab another cup of coffee and hope for a better outlook tomorrow, I guess.)