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Four Secrets Of People Who Finish Their Workweeks On Thursday
We all often face the same problem: The workweek drags by at a glacial pace, while the weekend speeds past us before we even realize what's happening. Mathematically, of course, it all makes sense. But what if you could change that?

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Schedule Intentionally

If you want to free up your Friday and have it as a day of uninterrupted time that you can use however you’d like, you have to evaluate your weekly priorities and keep a close eye on your schedule....

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Focus On Priorities

Learn the difference between how you’re actually spending your time and how you should be spending your time, between urgent and important.
If you want to have Friday reserved as free space, pri...

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Stephen R. Covey

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent, and not enough time on what is important.”

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Tune Out Distractions

Maximizing every moment of your day means minimizing any kind of distraction.
Find a quite spot away from the office noise and close your inbox tab, to avoid the temptation to check you emai...

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  • Save a canned response so you don’t have to draft the same message over and over again.
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  • Don’t schedule distractions. Schedule deep work.
  • Keep a scoreboard for deep work: The point is to shame yourself if you’re not up to snuff.
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  • Having No Routine

    Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be.

    Why You Need a Routine

    • It gives you structure, builds forward-moving habits, and creates momentum that will carry you on the days when you feel like you don't have the strength to carry yourself.
    • Following a daily routine can help you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of goals, and even make you healthier. 
    • It lowers your reliance on willpower and motivation.

    Start the day with a mantra

    ... to get you into a positive mood for the day ahead. Put your mind in a good state right away, because left unchecked it will try to tell you the things that are wrong.

    Pick a phrase or question that resonates with you. It could be as simple as smiling and saying "thank you" out loud, acknowledging that you have been gifted with another day.

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    Something to look forward to

    Give yourself something to look forward to

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    Organize the week

    Go through next week's calendar and plan out the entire week

    Set reminders (mail and phone) for all the meetings, deadlines, and to-do items. Appoint to every task a specific time slot.  You'll clear your mind of that nagging feeling that you forgot something and have a truly relaxing weekend, leaving you happier on Monday.

    Shake up your routine

    Make a list of your typical distractions, the habits and stressors that keep you from starting the workweek with a bang. 

    Make a list and then write down what you will do instead. Create a new routine that's uplifting and energizing. Put it where you will see it first thing Monday morning.

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