Monday, August 26, 2013

10 Tips for a Stress Free Monday

The following was written by Donna Kozik and I thought it was an interesting post with some ideas on how to start your week in a positive manner

Get Monday started the "stress-free" way with these 10 tips!   

1.  Tidy Up 
Take 15 minutes and straighten up your desk or work space.  A clean, organized environment is the key to maximizing productivity. 

2.  Lighten the Load 
Schedule meetings and more intensive tasks after lunch, so you've eased into the day. 

3.  Share Some Sunshine 
Pay a compliment to someone by singling out a recent achievement worthy of praise; the effort will make you both feel like winners and start the morning on a positive note. 

4.  Take a Bite of the "Reality Sandwich" 
Set realistic goals for the day. If completing Monday's to-do list means you must be much, much, much more productive than usual, you are going to get stressed. Scratch off every task that can wait until Tuesday. 

5.  Make a Decision 
Big decisions can be stressful, and you don't want to rush them. But don’t waffle on the small stuff—just make a decision and move on. 

6.  Take Control 
The act of taking control empowers you. Sit up straight and recognize it’s always your choice-- and there’s a solution to every problem. 

7.  Build Your Network 
The best way to “get out of your head” is to connect with another, be it a coach, colleague or mastermind partner. No doubt there will be at least one laugh in the conversation, which is an excellent stress reliever. 

8.  Confidence Through Learning 
Build your self-confidence by seeking out something new to learn. It will make you more emotionally resilient, arm you with knowledge and reduce stress. 
9.  Focus on the Vitals 
If you’re a business owner, your top-of-list activity is marketing. If you’re a writer, it’s writing. If you’re a speaker, it’s speaking. Make sure you focus on what matters most. 

10.  Accentuate the Positive 
You’re in this for the long haul, so make it a practice to look on the bright side of things and stay positive. Shift this by thinking of what you "get" to do on Monday mornings, versus what you "have" to do. 

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