You Can Become More Focused and Productive in Just an Hour a Week. Here’s How.


It happens to you every week.

Monday morning hits and you know the routine: The sun comes up on another week, the moral hangover from the weekend sets in, and the anxiety of starting a new workweek is in full swing. It’s official: You have a case of the Mondays.

Somehow, we’ve come to accept this as our fate. But we’re here to tell you: It doesn’t have to be that way.

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When we’re in the middle of our workweek things are clipping along and we seem to be in our groove. The coffee is flowing, we’re tackling our work left and right, and we’re running around in full-on productivity mode. Then the weekend comes, and as creatures of habit, the much-beloved two-day break from the week can throw a total wrench in our momentum, forcing us to start over on Monday morning. Here’s where we stop the shredder in its tracks.

Sunday night. You pick the hour. Grab a pen and a notebook. Let’s get started.

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On the left hand of each page you’re going to put every hour of the workday on its own line, and at the bottom of the page you are going to write “To-do List” with several empty lines beneath it. Here’s where the magic happens.

1. Write down every set appointment, phone call, or meeting you have for the week. Yes, this is redundant if you use an online calendar, but it’s worth it.

2. Write in your workout schedule. Your job is to treat these time slots just like you would any other meeting—you don’t skip them, you simply work other stuff around them. Fitness alone can change your entire week. If you do one thing from this article, it should be this.

3. At the top of each page, write what your workout will be for that day. Rest day? No problem—still write it down. Putting this information at the top of the page builds the mentality that your health is non-negotiable, and it comes first.

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4. Fill out your to-do list at the bottom of the page with anything you can think of, personal or business related, that you need to do this week. Getting it out of your head and onto paper allows you to not constantly have it in the back of your mind.

5. Write the tasks from your to-do list into the open times on your calendar, and voila: your schedule is filled with productivity and health. They don’t all have to fit into your day. Just start with the most important items, and work your way down the list to the least important. 

Just like that, your week has totally changed. You have transformed from a morally depleted, stressed-out hater of Mondays into an organized, efficient, “ready to take on the world” workweek lover. This one hour per week can literally change the game for you.

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