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Sixteen things to do on Monday mornings

Successful people do the following 16 things on Monday mornings.

  1. They wake up early. Successful people go to sleep at a decent hour on Sunday night, get a good night’s sleep, and wake up early Monday morning.

  2. They exercise. Working out gets your circulation going and helps you stay alert, putting you at an advantage for a productive week ahead.

  3. They eat a healthy breakfast. On Monday morning, you want to handle everything you have control over. Eating breakfast is one of those things.

  4. They arrive early. Do not succumb to the snooze button.

  5. They clear their desk and desktop.

  6. They carve out time for unexpected projects and tasks.

  7. They greet their team and boss.

  8. They update their to-do list and goals. Get yourself current on priorities and tasks, then set five to eight goals for the week.

  9. They visualize the week’s successes. By envisioning the positive outcomes of various projects at hand, you can work backward and determine the necessary steps to get your desired results.

  10. They screen emails for urgent requests. You can sink into email oblivion if you don’t scan your inbox for urgency,

  11. They tackle the tough challenges first. The least desirable but critical projects are easy to put off, but your energy is stronger in the morning, so that’s the ideal time to confront the most difficult assignments.

  12. They make an extra effort to smile. You may well stand out in the crowd, but your smile will likely be contagious, helping both you and team members relax.

  13. They add a “blanket of humanity” to their emails. It’s tempting to power through all your emails in the most efficient way on Monday mornings. But before you hit send, read them over to ensure that they’re friendly and clear.

  14. They’re able to say no. Successful people can diplomatically and politely say no to colleagues by offering to engage at a later time.

  15. They stay focused. Successful people don’t dwell on any challenging events that occurred over the weekend, or other frivolous thoughts.

  16. They remember that there is Tuesday. Sometimes you obtain more information over time that enhances your decision-making. Or you may find that certain problems you are pondering will resolve themselves.

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