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Apr 7, 2008

Start Monday Right: Decide To Front Load Your Day

A typical Monday for most people involves slooooooooowly getting into the swing of things for the week. Most people hate Mondays, and their response to it is to spend far too much time “warming up” to their workload.

Want to bust that feeling today and feel like you’re ahead of the game? Then front load your schedule for the day and feel like a champion (and stress less!) by getting ahead of the game.

Front Loading: Your Productivity Bazooka

Front loading is simply the act of slamming out results in the early part of the schedule, rather than the latter. In other words, move your “crunch time” to the very start. By forcing yourself to think in crunch mode right off the bat, you’ll have a much easier time of avoiding distractions, staying focused, and delivering great results.

Three Easy Ways To Make Monday Rock

  • One effective tactic I use is to mentally pretend that my boss has given me an urgent deadline that is well before the end of the day. If I have a full workday of stuff scheduled, I re-frame the due date to 1:30 pm, and jump on work like crazy. When you think “Someone needs this quick,” it’s generally more driving than “I’d sure like to get things done faster …”
  • Another tactic is to make it a game. Set aggressive mini-milestones throughout the day and start the clock running. When you see the time ticking away, you’ll have an easier time knocking out your front loading efforts. Compete against yourself, and prove how much you truly do rock out.
  • A final tactic is to focus on something you want to do with that extra time you’ll have if you crunch for the first chunk of your Monday. Maybe you can reward yourself with some relevant blog reading. Or you can take a long lunch and not feel guilty about it. Or – just as importantly – you can get ahead of the game by front loading some of Tuesday’s tasks instead.

Give It A Shot; Leave Others In The Dust

Front loading your Mondays aggressively can put you way ahead of the competition (as well as your co-workers). While other people are moaning and complaining about their Mondays, you can smile knowing you’ve done more by 12pm than they’ll do all day. And getting ahead of the game is a great way to turn Mondays into something to look forward to.

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7 Responses to “Start Monday Right: Decide To Front Load Your Day”

  • Apr 7, 2008 James Chartrand - Men with Pens

    There’s another reason to front-load a day: Your creativity and productivity is at an all-day high. It’s a proven fact that people do better in the early morning with creative work than any other point of the day. Often, too, afternoon slumps just kill you.

    So get the work done and enjoy a snooze on your keyboard around two pm when that slump hits.

    Another point: If you’re going to front-load effectively, you can’t do it without some sort of schedule in place THE NIGHT BEFORE.

    Plan your Monday mornings on Sunday nights. When you get up, you’ll know what you have to do and you don’t have to sit there trying to figure out what to tackle first.

    Um, like I’m doing right now.

  • Apr 7, 2008 Dave Navarro

    Well said. I’m about to head to work, and I already *know* what butt I’m going to kick there before lunch!

  • Apr 7, 2008 Harrison "Monday's Just Another Day" McLeod

    @James: So, you do listen to what I say…

    @Dave: I’ve been doing this for years, it started when I worked in the corporate world. Before I went home at night, I’d set up what needed to be done the next day. Now it’s just habit to front load a day, and sometimes a week.

    Like you said in your Early Riser program, it helps to empty out your head so you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything the next day.

  • Apr 7, 2008 Dave Navarro

    @Harry -

    You’re 100% right. And having a plan makes it easier to say “no” to manufactured urgencies (or at least to say “later!”).

  • Apr 7, 2008 James Chartrand - Men with Pens

    @ Harry – I always listen. I just have trouble applying good advice to my chaotic life… or I disbelieve that it works until I find a way to try it and make it happen.

    Then I tell everyone and they think it was my idea :)

  • Apr 9, 2008 Andrew

    Great stuff, Dave! Using that flow-state side of your brain can really boost productivity because you’re not thinking — just working (ferociously).

  • Apr 9, 2008 Dave Navarro

    Thanks Andrew – your posts at Trizle continue to inspire me. I think I read a few too many beofre writing this one … :-)

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