Horses in their starting gate, sprinters in their blocks – or cars line up on a racetrack awaiting someone to say, “start your engines” … and a race starts. Well before the sound of the starting gun, everyone is ready to go.
With that in mind, what should we be doing before we wake up in the morning, before we step out of bed and throw ourselves onto the merry-go-round of our day? My point, are we ready to start our engines or are we rubbing our eyes wondering if this is race day?
The night before, the day before, the circumstances, the location and most of all – sleep come first. I’ve learned that my Monday plan won’t work if I haven’t planned or prepared on Sunday or earlier, to be ready for Monday.
When the race starts …
For most people who are employed, being ready for Monday is critically important for having a successful Monday – and a successful week. If not, it is likely those ‘things we’ve been meaning to get done’ will still be hanging around the next Monday.
Before we end our week today, the fate of our Monday is constrained by what we carry over and what we’ve not completed by close of business today. This may vary widely. I think it is generally true for most of us who work in the Monday-to-Friday world of work and business.