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5 March 2017

Monday to-do: Get organised and productive.

Get organised and be productive

Since starting my new job three months ago I have had a lot of learning to do in regards to managing my workload and I have extended that to my personal life too. Getting organised is paramount to having a productive working week and making sure you get all your tasks ticked off the list. There is nothing worse than getting to the end of the week and realising you have to stay late or you can't relax over the weekend because you know Monday is about to be so manic. It is even more important if you work client side and have to please the impossible. 


Monday's are where getting organised begins in regards to the working week. Here's how to get organised and get productive! 


Get organised and be productive

Get your head in the game 


First things first, get your head in the game. Get work focused, if you know you need to get shit done, get it done. Don't procrastinate. Go in, remove distractions and jump right in. Don't sit on your phone until lunchtime and then have to stay late. Get all your tasks out of the way first and then you can take it easy.

Cycle back through emails 


The first thing you want to do is cycle back through your emails from the week before. Make sure there are no tasks or actions you have missed out. If there is anything you have missed make a note of it. Then get up-to-date on any emails you have outstanding in your inbox. There is nothing better than having a clear inbox.


Read:Taking a break and regaining perspective

Got a diary? Good. Use it. 


If you have a diary great, pair it with a notebook and your good to go. If you don't this is a perfect one to get you started on your journey to productivity. I also use this beautiful journal from Gazelle London to take extensive notes or brainstorm. 

On Mondays, I tend to write a full to-do list for a whole week. I list every single thing I need to get done over the week on Mondays page. I would usually try and get through as much of my to-do list as I can on Monday but if the list is extensive then I will split my list up and add it into my diary for the rest of the week. 

At the end of each day, cross out what you have achieved and anything outstanding, prioritise it for another day according to your deadlines.

Prioritise your workload + Create deadlines


You are the only person who knows your deadlines and how to prioritise your work. Make sure you are keeping note of any imminent deadlines, if you have too much to do and work in a team, delegate to colleagues to make your load easier. Don't try to be a people pleaser, if you know you have a lot on, be honest about it. Push back on deadlines. Don't stress yourself out trying to do too much in little time.

Get to work 


Write it all out, use an app, a diary, a notebook. Keep your deadlines in your head and get to work. Monday means you are bound to get new tasks throughout the day/week fit them in where you see fit. Again, prioritise the tasks that have the closest deadlines or are likely to take up a lot more time. Minimise distractions, delegate where needed, push back if needed, give co-workers and clients alike a realistic expectation of your time and when they can expect work.

Nobody wants to leave the office every day feeling burnt out and urging for a large glass of any available alcoholic beverage, you will get days like that but don't make every day like that. Get organised and get productive, it will make your working life and working relationships more successful.  

How do you make Mondays productive?