Mondays and worrying work hand in hand for a number of us because of how pressurizing a new week can be; the thoughts of things that need to be done, people to meet and the like. And that’s why preparing for the work week is important.
In that light, here are 5 tips for preparing for the work week:Preparing for a work week is a good opportunity to implement order. Click To Tweet
1. Rest during weekends/your time off
Weekends are for resting, please rest well. Perhaps, your free days are not on weekends, still find time to rest. Resting inspires productivity.
In Agriculture, there is a term called bush fallowing. This is a process whereby land is left for years without planting in order to get its best yield. Farmers allow their farm to go through this process when they discover that a land is no longer yielding the result it’s meant to give. It’s the same with us.
We can’t yield good results when we fail to have enough sleep, food and relaxation. It is important that you plan your weekends as a time to refresh and get ready for productivity.
2. Take out time to brainstorm
During the weekend/time off, you can set aside time alone to brood over tasks, work, deliverables etc. This is better done when relaxed and less distracted.
There will almost never be time for relaxation (especially for adults and you’re one) but just like you set aside time to pray, go for rehearsal or meet up with clients, intentionally set aside time to rest and brainstorm.
With this time, you’re better fit to develop creative ways to accomplish tasks, attend to pending tasks and plan.
As important as planning is, it can come across as an unwanted task but it helps birth order and peace. Remembering this will motivate you to plan.
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty” Proverbs 21:5 ESV
One of God’s nature is orderliness. Imbibing this nature could take a while but with His help, we can be equipped to be more responsible with planning.
Questions to ask yourself while planning: What do I want to achieve this week? Which task do I need to prioritize? What time do I need to get the task done? How do I improve at my job? What aspects do I need to improve upon?
4. Prepare for distractions
There are times when we’ve planned out a day and there was a 70 percent chance that everything would work out as planned but something or someone ends up disrupting plans or we forget an important task.
In the course of planning our week, we should set our minds for moments like this. Set your mind for that line manager who could call you and get your plans changed. Set your mind for impromptu engagements. In times when your plans are disrupted, prioritise tasks. Work in order of urgency.In times when your plans are disrupted, prioritise tasks. Work in order of urgency. Click To Tweet
5. Pray ahead
We are better effective, focused and ready for work when we spend quality time praying. This can also find its place in our time for resting. Pray for proactiveness, for speed, for clarity, against unruly distractions that seem to eat up your time for productivity and progress.
Pray that you are attentive to the nudges of the Holy Spirit in a particular direction during work hours. Many times, we are so swamped with work that we go hours without communicating with God. We find ourselves trying to crack out solutions to things prayer will effortlessly get done. Therefore, wait ahead to fly!
Additional Tips on Preparing for the Work Week:
There is something that we must remember and this is the fact that orderliness births peace. Preparing for a work week is a good opportunity to implement order. And a good way to achieve a sane work week is to prepare in the place of prayer. Similarly, make use of journals, sticky notes, trello or diverse tools to flesh out your plans.We are better effective, focused and ready for work when we spend quality time praying. Click To Tweet
Think of your job like an architect who draws up the plan for a house before building it. While the drawing might not be the same as the house, it serves as a good guide. I also heard that success is not accidental. It’s a planned work and trust me, we are better ready, sane, interested and optimistic for the week when we prepare for it.
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Written by Godwin-Usoro Goodness