In my quest to be the ultimate productivity ninja, I regularly try out new ways of working. But one thing I’ve done for quite a while is make sure that I have a Friday ritual of planning for the week ahead.
Now, I know that you’re probably having a #FRIYAY moment so you don’t really want to be thinking about Monday morning, BUT I promise, the advice I’m about to give will help you enjoy the weekend more.
How you end the week seriously impacts on how you start the next week. So if you want to have a great weekend here is what you should do every Friday afternoon.
Give yourself credit for what you’ve done this week.
When you look at your to-do list and see a whole bunch of items that are yet to have the highlighter treatment then it can be disheartening. But look at what you HAVE achieved this week. By acknowledging what you HAVE achieved will give your happiness levels a boost and will spur you on to get back on track when Monday arrives.
Schedule your Monday to-do list on Friday.
Write your to-do list for Monday on Friday. By getting your to-do list done not only do you hit the ground running on Monday but you also give your brain a rest over the weekend as you’re not mulling over what needs to be done.
Clear that desk (and if you’re brave your inbox).
Spend at least 30 minutes on Friday tidying your desk and making sure your inbox is clear – or at least organised. Getting rid of the physical and digital clutter is a great way to end your week. And when you get to your desk on Monday your space will be clear, tidy and ready to work at.
Set firm weekend rules.
If you want your weekends to be free of work then you need to lay the ground rules and make sure that people know that you don’t work weekends.. Don’t give in and check your emails on Saturday evening and whizz off a quick response because it’ll only take five minutes. Hold firm, ignore all emails until Monday or else you’re saying that you’re available at all times and you’ll get stuck in that rut.
Do something when you finish work on Friday that makes you happy.
Shut down properly. Go for a glass of wine with a friend or a colleague, head to the gym, take the dogs for a walk – whatever, have a Friday activity that gives you something to shut down for and symbolises the end of the week. This is especially important if you work from home.
Remember that a little organisation goes a long way and if you spend just 30 minutes planning your Monday, your weekend will be stress free and work free.