Monday Motivation: What can you get done in 40 hours? What about 32?

2009 June 29
by Kate O'Neill

Creative Commons License photo credit: nDevilTV

For many of us in the U.S., this will be a short week: since the 4th of July falls on a Saturday, many offices will get Friday the 3rd off in observance. Undoubtedly, this will be a tremendous relief to most people.

But in some cases (hey, I’m not admitting anything here), the relief will only come on the heels of anxiety about accomplishing all that we have on our schedules for the week ahead.

Last week, I talked about using a planning session on Monday morning to prioritize the week ahead. That kind of planning becomes even more important when your usual time available for tasks is reduced by 20%.

My challenge to you (and, OK, to me as well) is: be extra ruthless this week in determining your priorities. Stay focused on the 2 or 3 things you’ll be able to get done each day.

Having done this, you should find the long weekend a lot easier to enjoy. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for myself.

What are your tricks for getting yourself to focus when you have more tasks than time?

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