Sundays aren’t just for rest and recuperation. When used wisely, they’re actually the perfect way to start your week with a bang.
Mondays often feel like a catch-up day from the weekend. There’s usually a full inbox and things that need your immediate attention as soon as you walk into the office. To avoid this productivity-killing situation, I schedule some time for work every Sunday to get my week started with a clean slate.
It’s up to you how long you choose to work on Sunday. But If you’re looking to get more done on Monday and use that momentum to power your week, here are a few thing to accomplish:
Tackle Your Inbox
If you’re like me, you know that managing your post-weekend inbox can take up your entire morning. Save your Monday mornings for more meaningful projects and dive into your inbox on Sunday evenings. Set aside time to sort, read, and answer the emails you’ve received since Friday. You can also draft and send anything that needs taken care of first thing Monday.
Plan For The Week Ahead
wait until you roll out of bed on Monday to take a look at your
calendar. Spend time on Sunday planning for what’s to come the next day
and even in the week ahead. This could mean organizing things for a
project, doing some research, or even preparing your to-do list for the
Knockout Monday’s Smaller Tasks
Rather than pushing your “busy work” or less important tasks to Monday afternoon, why not take care of them on Sunday evening? This might mean doing some required reading or completing a few smaller steps in a project. If you’ve got a huge project starting on Monday, taking care of some of the initial steps or legwork can lead to much less stressful morning.
Prepare For Meetings
Nothing puts a damper on a day quite like a lengthy unproductive meeting. If you have some big meetings coming up in the week ahead, use your Sundays to prepare agendas, presentations, talking points, or brief yourself on potential topics. This will not only make the meeting run more smoothly for you, but also for anyone else attending.
Clear Out Your Back Burner
Face it, sometimes less important tasks tend to fall to the wayside in the face of a busy week. If there’s anything on your back burner from the week before, use your Sunday work session to finish it. But remember, Sundays shouldn’t be your go-to “catch all” for tasks you’ve previously avoided.
Touch Base With Contacts You’ve Neglected
Networking is a crucial element of a successful career. Sunday is the perfect day to reach out to the contact you may not have had time to speak with all week. Most people go through their email on Mondays, so they’ll be more likely to get back to you before they get busy for the rest of the week.
Let Sundays be your secret ingredient to a more productive Monday -- and maybe even the entire week.
Do you work on Sundays? Share some things you like to accomplish!
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