Mondays are notoriously touted as the dreaded back-to-work, back-to-school, horrible beginnings of the week. I do find it difficult to get myself going, but secretly Mondays are my favorite days. Mondays just seem like the perfect day to begin things. I usually spend the first part of my Mondays sitting with my coffee and making out my lists of things to do for the week.
I’m not into over planning my days. I like to look at all the standing time obligations I have such as picking up my daughter from school, and meal times to determine what else I can factor in realistically. If I schedule an appointment I make it a point to only have one. I don’t like having to plot out time and distance between appointments because as I’ve written before, that is not one of my strengths. One appointment for either of my kids or myself is pretty much all I can guarantee I can handle well.
When it comes to deadlines, Monday is my day for plotting out how to meet them. Writing deadlines are much easier for me to meet. I know how much time it takes me to research and write for each assignment. I prefer having my assignments and deadlines a month in advance, and I’m the kind of person who figures out what I have to do each day. This allows me to work around my son who hasn’t started preschool yet. I’m very good at managing my time when I don’t have to drive anywhere.
So today is Monday, and today I’m plotting. I have two books to read this month, which I’m in the process of completing, several writing assignments, working on a story manuscript, and a few decorative home improvement projects. I work in increments having an overall list of things I want to accomplish, but breaking it down into what I can realistically do in a day with a priority hierarchy that goes paid projects, personal projects, and deadlines.
What about you? What are Mondays like for you? How do you think of them?
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