Do you dread Monday mornings? I used to. But over the past few years, we have developed a simple formula that has made the work week more enjoyable. It’s a method we call PPPP (or “peppy”): Purpose, Perspective, Positivity and Preparation. And while it might sound like another motivational framework on a long list of these types of frameworks—to-do lists, daily schedules and personal calendars—I assure you that PPPP is different in its simplicity and effectiveness. So if you’re wondering how to make each Monday morning easier to face than the last, keep reading to find out how I’ve successfully implemented this technique throughout our work week for years now:
Monday mornings are a great time to start fresh. For many people, the weekend is a chance to catch up on work and make headway on projects that have been neglected. You can use this time as an opportunity to plan for the week ahead and make sure you’re prepared for anything that might come at you during the week (and there will be tons of things).
Or, if you prefer not to think about work during your free time, then Monday morning could be seen as an opportunity for some downtime after being inundated with tasks all throughout last week. If this sounds like more fun than working on your backlogged items from last week, then consider taking advantage of this clean slate.
The purpose of this framework is to help you start your week off right by setting yourself up for success.
The purpose of Monday morning is to get you going in the direction that will give you what we all want: a successful life.
To figure out your purpose, ask yourself: “What gives my life meaning? What do I want people to remember me for? How can I make sure other people benefit from my existence?” You should be able to answer these questions in one sentence! For example, imagine a world where everyone is happy and healthy. In order for that dream world to become reality, there would need to be enough medical professionals working around the clock so that anyone who needed care could receive it without delay or concern about cost (it would also take longer than just one sentence). Now imagine what it would feel like if someone asked you how they could contribute towards making such an ideal scenario happen—wouldn’t you want them on board with helping achieve this goal with their whole heart?
When you look at the world, you have a choice. You can choose to see the glass as half full or half empty, and it’s really up to you. You have the power to change your perspective—you can choose to be happy, or you can choose to be sad. You can choose to be motivated, or unmotivated.
The truth is that nobody else has control over what happens in your life except for yourself—no matter how much other people influence your decisions, only you are able to make them for yourself.
While Mondays are tough, they don’t have to be a drag. By focusing on the positive and being grateful for what you already have in your life, you can turn any day into a great one. Here are some things you can do:
- Be positive and look on the bright side of things.
- Be grateful for everything that is going well in your life (even if it’s something small).
- Smile and be happy! The world needs more smiling faces! Don’t let Monday blues cloud your mood!
- Be kind to others—they’ll appreciate it more than a frown or complaining about their week or how much work they’ve got this week. Spread happiness around instead of negativity; other people might need an uplifting attitude just as much as yourself! A smile goes a long way when someone else is having difficulty facing their day—it helps them get through that tough time with less stress on themselves by knowing there are still good people out there who care about them despite their struggles. So don’t forget: Spread the love guys! We’re all family here so treat each other with respect 🙂
Preparation is the key to success. You’ve got to get your ducks in a row before you start tackling the task at hand. Do your homework on the weekend and plan ahead by making a list of things to do or meals that need to be cooked, or even just writing down some ideas for projects you want to tackle later in the week. Then set aside some time on Sunday evening to look over these lists and make sure everything is covered; if there are any last-minute changes, make them now rather than scrambling around trying to figure things out as people are waiting for you on Monday morning. This way, when it’s time for work on Monday morning, all you have left is execution!
Preparing ahead of time also gives us more freedom—freedom from stress, freedom from uncertainty about what our days will hold (or not), freedom from worrying about whether we’re going about our work properly…
Be sure to set your self up for success.
The best way to start your Monday is by setting yourself up for success. If you’re working on a new project or goal, be sure to set your mind on what the end result will be. Once you know what it looks like, figure out how close you are and where you need to go from there. It’s important that we focus our energy into things that matter most—what direction do we want our lives to take? Where do we want our career to go? What goals should we be focusing on each day?
Once we have those answers set in place, it’s time for execution! This means being prepared for any challenges that come our way so we can conquer them with ease. Don’t forget about taking breaks or learning from mistakes (so long as they don’t waste too much of your time).
We hope that you can now see how Mondays are not as bad as you think. The Attack the Week framework is a way for you to get started with the fresh week ahead of us.