5 Tips to Totally Dominate Your Monday

“If Friday is the day we welcome with excitement and a big sigh of contentment, Sunday night is the time when we mentally brace ourselves for the workweek that lies ahead. But there’s nothing to dread about Monday morning–especially if you make a point of doing these five simple things: Give yourself time. It’s so easy as a leader to pack your day full of meetings. Although I meet with our senior executive staff first thing every Monday morning, I also think it’s important to cordon off some time that day just for thinking. A blank spot on your calendar that’s reserved for creative brainstorming–not actual work products or Facebook procrastination–at the start of the week is a great idea if you can swing it. See what bubbles up. Do something physical. Lying in bed, wishing fervently that you could roll back the clock to the weekend, is a surefire recipe for a lackluster Monday. Get moving. Do yoga, go for a run, or do a quick set of crunches and pushups. That energy will carry over into the day. And as a bonus, you’ll feel (deservedly) virtuous for kicking off your day and week so healthfully. Start with an act of professional kindness. Want to have a great day? The onus is on you. Although life can throw us a professional curveball or two–an unexpectedly cranky boss, the resignation of a talented hire, a critical story in the press–there are elements entirely in your control. Make a point of starting every Monday by shooting a nice note to a couple of employees or colleagues who have done an exceptional job. Note the specific result, underscore why you know it was valuable, and say thank you. Tell a friend what you appreciate about the friendship you share or text your child with a fun message. You’ve taken five minutes (or less) and made someone’s day. Boom. Walk around. Get up from your desk. Get out of your office. When you take a stroll around the office, you can see for yourself how things are going. Make a note of employees’ demeanor. Do they look energized or listless? Happy or under the gun? As a leader, you can open the door for more conversations–even a simple “Hello! How is your day going?” can work wonders. Casual chats build rapport, a foundation for more substantive discussions later. Spending 10 minutes asking an employee about what they’re working on–and really listening to her response–helps you learn about that person and what makes her tick, her approach to projects, issues that might arise. Frame your week. My public relations person had an old boss that recommended thinking of a desired headline before creating a pitch. That’s a smart move for you and me, too. By Friday, what would your desired headline say about you? “Product Manager Kicks It Into High Gear, Delivers 2.0 a Week Ahead of Schedule”; “Founder Nails It With Killer Presentation to Top VC; Series A Funding Secured”; “Customer Service Team Beats Last Week’s Response Times by 40 Percent.” Framing your week in one short, powerful, summary headline or sentence is an exercise in clarity. How do you kick off your week with positive purpose?”

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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