Where do we go from here?
Here comes Monday. The start of a new week. The door to another 7 days of opportunity.
Sometimes Monday follows on from a previously fabulous week; a week that flowed and gave you results and seeds of success that you may not have even realised were going to come your way. Sometimes Monday gives you the chance to shake off and begin again after a series of disasters or disappointments. But either way, Monday always comes, marking the start of a new week.
As sure as the sun rises every morning and sets at the end of the day, Monday arrives to give you the opportunity to carry on as you were or do something different.
For me, Monday is now a morning of reflection, reviewing and planning. My team meetings happen on a Monday and I feel my energy needing to go down to my roots to check that my foundations are still solid and we’re not just bouncing from one project to the next.
In previous years, Monday has been a day for roaring. A day for charging on full throttle and getting stuff done. But when I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath from the week before – and sometimes from several weeks before – it’s been easy to charge into action plans and ticking things off a to do list that may not now need doing. That’s where my energy gets depleted. And my focus goes on stuff that keeps me busy for the sake of being busy.
And I know from 13 years of being in business for myself, that it’s darn easy to be busy for the sake of being busy. So much one could be doing and reacting to stuff that doesn’t actually need to be done by you (or sometimes by anyone!).
I still do way too much in my business and this is why Monday’s reflection, review and planning is critical for me to ensure I not just asking what needs to be done this week, but to ensure I ask “Who can do that for me?”
So as you think about your week ahead, come up with answers to WHO rather than just WHAT … if you’re not much of a delegator yet, don’t worry … it takes practice. I’m doing my best to practice every week and, although it does throw up all sorts of challenges, I look back to where I was a year ago and I’m definitely improving.