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Four Secrets Of People Who Finish Their Workweeks On Thursday

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 emails all the time.

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Cal Newport
Cal Newport

"The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. "

Cal Newport on time management
  • 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.
  • Stop saying “yes” to unimportant stuff;
  • Have a “Deep Work Ritual”: Hiding in a conference room and throwing your phone into an abyss is a good one.
  • Ask your boss how much time they want you spending on deep vs shallow work: If they say “100% shallow”, feel free to ignore everything above.
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    Your body’s natural rhythm is messed up on weekends

    People’s moods are commonly at their lowest on Mondays. The main reason is that we cram as much as possible into a weekend.

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    Losing the sense of freedom

    Monday follows after two days of freedom and enjoyment. Even busy weekends have plenty of moments to relax.

    People find it psychologically challenging to switch back into obligations and routines that they have little say over. It may feel like a loss of independence and control.

    When we don’t love our jobs

    Disliking your job or finding it very stressful can cause you to dread Mondays.

    Even if you enjoy your job, additional stressors can make it more challenging, such as employment insecurity or feeling misaligned in your purpose at work. Once you accept that every job will have its struggles, you can move with the stress, not against it.

    Something to look forward to

    Give yourself something to look forward to

    Set up a lunch for next week that makes you anticipate good things to come. People may be slow to reply since it's Friday afternoon, b...

    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.