I love Mondays. I know I am one of the few but Monday can be the day that launches the rest of your week. Monday is my day to get organized for the week. It’s the day I get organized for the week ahead and lay out my game plan.
Every Monday morning, there are a few key things I do to get organized for the week. It gives me something to look forward to on most people’s least favorite day.
1. Update my check register and plan spending for the week (5-15 minutes)
I know that sounds extremely exciting, but one of the first things I do on Monday morning is update my check register to reflect our spending from the last week. I also plan out how much money we need for the week and pay any bills online that need to be paid.
Starting the week knowing how much is left in the account and that my bills are paid gives me peace of mind. It is one less distraction during the week and gets things started off on the right foot.
2. Clean out my inbox from the weekend (5-10 minutes)
I tend to let things slide in my email box toward the end of the week and into the weekend. I go through my remaining email and clean out the box. I first delete anything I know I’m not going to read, which are mostly ads. Then I go back through the remaining emails and deal with each one. Some are quick to deal with and are handled immediately. Some are blog posts that I want to read later and comment on. Those are archived with a reminder for later in the week (usually Monday night or Tuesday). I use IQTell to manage my email so setting up the reminders is a snap!
My goal is zero inbox when I finish this task. I like starting the week knowing that everything is dealt with for now and I have a nice clean inbox.
3. Reflect on last week’s to do list and create this week’s (10-20 minutes)
Each week I create a to-do list that I review on Monday nights with my accountability partner. In order to be able to have this meeting, I need to review the prior week’s list and create this week’s.
I have about 15 new ideas a day. That’s just how my brain works. Ideas for blog posts, new projects, things I want to do around the house, and recipe ideas hit me at all hours of the day and night. I need somewhere to organize all of those items as they flood in because otherwise my brain would paralyze me. I also use IQTell for this. The app (available for web, IPhone and Android) allows me to set up projects and actions. Plus, I can attach notes and emails to those items.
Over the course of a week, I dump all my ideas into IQTell. On Monday, I decide which items make the action list for the week and review the items from the previous week that did not get finished. This helps me prepare for my meeting with my accountability partner and map out my plan for the week.
These three items help me start off the week right. In less than an hour, my week is mapped out, my inbox is clean and my financial life is taken care of. This is why Monday is a great day in our house.
What could you do on Monday to help set your week in a positive direction?