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Here Are 6 Ways to Start Your Week Off On the Right Foot

Here Are 6 Ways to Start Your Week Off On the Right Foot
As a leadership coach, one of the main things I work on with leaders is their productivity. This is a common problem in many organizations, especially with high-growth companies. The rapid growth of the business and pace of change leave many executives struggling to stay organized and focused, which results in lackluster personal results.


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Focus on value

The key to any productivity system is to focus on value, not effort.

Instead of focusing on completing as many tasks as possible from your to-do list, focus on the highest-impact actions that will create long-term value. 



Do a mind sweep

This process walks through a list of prompts in different categories, looking for things you're trying to remember and commitments you've made and gets them out onto paper.

It will help you clear your thoughts and get the distractions out of your head.


Review the week to come

Take the time to review the coming week's schedule and organize it into large chunks of time, with tasks grouped by importance and urgency.

It will make it easier to manage your work.


Look forward

... to three to five weeks out, for anything that requires you to take any kind of action in the next seven days (travel arrangements, larger project work, and creative development).


Reflect on the week that passed

Do this to see if there are some activities or events you may have missed.

Also, think about what went well and what didn't and think of ways to improve for the future.


Keep your long-term goals in mind

Check your quarterly objectives and key results. 

Based on where you want to be at the end of the quarter, check to see where you need to make progress and set tasks for the coming week.


Sort by urgency and impact

Once you have your tasks and reminders written down, start to sort and organize, using these 2 big criteria: 

  • urgency (how critical a task is for the following week) 
  • impact (the value a task creates).



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Practice mindfulness

Our biggest mistake is how we start the day. Instead of checking email on your phone, try a simple mindfulness practice when you wake up. 

It can be quietly taking a few deep breaths or meditating for 20 to 30 minutes.

Organize tasks

A common mistake is to fill your calendar with the wrong tasks.
A meeting can break your day into two pieces, each too small to do anything hard in.

Instead, take advantage of your body's natural rhythms. Focus on complex, creative tasks in the morning and schedule your meetings for the afternoon.

Unnecessary meetings

Meetings should be held to create value. So if you feel a meeting doesn't create value, don't hold it. Letting your employees use that time to work will bring you more value.

Focus day

Choose a day on the week and block 3-4 hours of focus time: turn your phone off, stay away from your emails, and focus on just one or two high-value activities that will make the most difference in your company.
Encourage your employees to do the same.

Clear deadlines and deliverables

Your team should a clear idea of what they need to focus on and the milestones to be met, in a quarter.
Failing to have clear deadlines and deliverables will lead to confusion and will sabotage employee productivity.