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How to Make Monday the Most Useful Day of the Week

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Mondays Aren’t As Blue As We Think.” That’s the headline of a New York Times article reporting a surprising finding from a large yearlong survey by the Gallup Organization:

“The data unequivocally showed that Mondays are as pleasant to Americans as the three days that follow, and only a trifle less joyful than Fridays. Perhaps no surprise, people generally felt good on the weekend — though, for retirees, the distinction between weekend and weekdays was only modest.

So maybe Mondays aren’t as bad as we think. Further, by approaching them with purpose, Mondays can become the most useful day of the week.

Many successful people schedule an hour on Monday morning before they do anything else (including email) to review to-dos and schedule their most important tasks of the week.

It’s a bit similar to the Medium post “How You Spend the Last 20 Minutes of Your Work Day Today Can Set Your Mood for Tomorrow.”

For a more detailed framework for using Monday to plan your week – and even your career – read the Harvard Business Magazine article “An 18minute Plan for Managing Your Day.” From that article:

“We start every day knowing we’re not going to get it all done. So how we spend our time is a key strategic decision. That’s why it’s a good idea to create a to do list and an ignore list. The hardest attention to focus is our own.But even with those lists, the challenge, as always, is execution. How can you stick to a plan when so many things threaten to derail it? How can you focus on a few important things when so many things require your attention?”

One of the best ways to have a productive and happy Monday is to use a bit of time at the end of the day Friday to write down what you would like to accomplish the following week. That makes Monday’s planning session easier and even a bit more fun.

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