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Leadership Thought #292 – Set A Positive and Proactive Tone on Mondays

January 30, 2012

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Based on everything I have read and observed it is safe to assume that most people don’t like their jobs or at least have a “work to live” mindset.  Work is something they must do rather than something they enjoy doing.  I encourage you to challenge this thinking and seek out the good in your work and in the people, you work with.  After all, you are going to be spending a considerable amount of time at your job, so why not try to make it more enjoyable?  Here are some simple tips about how to set a positive and proactive tone for each workweek:

  • Set the alarm clock a few minutes early and allow yourself more time to wake up and ease into the morning – don’t start the day by rushing out the door
  • Take some deep breaths and stretch for a few minutes when you first get out of bed
  • Have a hearty and healthy breakfast, remember food is fuel
  • Listen to upbeat positive music and avoid TV or radio shows that tend to bum you out or make you angry
  • If you are fortunate to live with family or other loved ones, give everyone a big hug before leaving and wish them a good day
  • Factor traffic into your travel time and give yourself a time buffer
  • While driving to work think about all the good things that happened the previous week.
  • Try and get to work a bit earlier and have a cup of coffee, tea, or water to help you get settled and ready for the day
  • Spend a few minutes thinking through your top 5 priorities for the day and any required action items
  • Tackle your most challenging tasks as early as possible to put them behind you and don’t procrastinate
  • Take a few minutes several times a day to exchange pleasantries with co-workers and give them positive energy
  • Avoid or redirect co-workers who are complainers and negative influences
  • Look for opportunities to laugh and to make others laugh
  • Make sure you take your full lunch break and if possible, go outside and get some fresh air
  • If you are having difficulties or conflicts with a co-worker, try and hash it out in a mature fashion rather than let it escalate or linger
  • Before leaving work take a few minutes to debrief on how the day went
  • Try not to plan or schedule anything right after work that forces you to rush out the door at the end of the day
  • If possible, exercise for a few minutes before dinner
  • Do your best to eat a healthy and well-balanced dinner
  • When you get home, leave work at work, and focus on being the best husband, dad, sibling, and friend you can be
  • If you live alone, call someone you care about and check in with them
  • Don’t be a couch potato in front of the TV, do something constructive with your downtime
  • Go to bed earlier than usual and make sure you get your rest


I guarantee you that if you use the above list of tips as a checklist for your workdays, you will begin to feel better at work.  Remember, you don’t have to dread Monday mornings or your workweek, it is a conscious choice.  In addition, if you are perpetually unhappy, find another job.