Ways to make your Monday productive and focused

Probably the least productive day of the week, Monday finds you trapped between the need of having more free time and that of regaining strength to begin a new week. Let’s admit that most of the times we are feeling tired after a busy weekend that left us in need of another two days off. You will find it challenging to focus on your tasks, but you need to find ways to improve your productivity.

Ways to make your Monday productive and focused

You shouldn’t expect to achieve too much during the first part of the day, but it will be harder to focus if you allow yourself unscheduled Internet breaks that will interfere with your plans. Close your email and social networks and begin scheduling the week. Make realistic plans and prioritize a lot. You won’t achieve too much if you decide to work on things that are less important, but appear to be easier, instead of delegating more time to important things.

You should work in an environment that pleases you. Make sure that everything is in order, have a cup of coffee and turn on some music. If you feel distracted, consider choosing some music without lyrics. While it can be more relaxing, it won’t distract you and you will not be tempted to listen to lyrics instead of working.
Breaks are very important; as they help you relax a little and make your work seem less stressful. It is recommended to have a break of 10 or 15 minutes every 2 hours. However, avoid continuing the same sort of activity during the break. For example, don’t think of it as an opportunity to read more about a subject that is related to your work and don’t stay in front of the computer. You should get out in the fresh air or have a nice talk with your colleagues.
You should adopt a positive and realistic approach. Avoid having unrealistic expectations that will make you feel guilty at the end of the day. Focus on the positive aspects of your work, plan everything thoroughly and follow this plan. Have a list of the things you have achieved, as this will give you the necessary strength to continue. Your productivity will increase considerably if you are satisfied with your work and if you are motivated. Your tasks should be solved one at a time and you should try not to postpone solving them.
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  1. Awesome stuff. I definitely keep the social networks off during times I devote to work, and will allow myself to check in if I keep the energy going. As for email, I answer every three hours, and have the pop-up notification for Outlook mail turned off.

    Distractions are so ... distracting.