Who doesn’t love fridays? The stresses and strains of a tough week are almost over, the sublime relaxation and fun of the weekend is just around the corner and most of us are counting the minutes until we get out of the office and on our way to two days of freedom.
Thing is, good though fridays are, this whole “TGIF” (or TFIF for those with a slightly cruder grasp of the english language) mindset can be extremely damaging to your productivity.
So, with that in mind, and the fact that I’m only a couple of hours away from freedom myself, here’s 5 tips for making the most of that friday feeling without taking the polish off the impending weekend
- Analyse and plan. Rather than waste your friday nattering about your plans for the weekend, take some time to review your activity and achievements from the previous week and to plan your upcoming week based on your findings. Monday morning’s are never a good time to be planning your week and, knowing you’ve already planned out next week before you pop off for the weekend will give you and enormous sense of wellbeing and smug satisfaction.
- Change your prospecting day to a friday. Friday’s are a great day for prospecting. Yes there’ll be a percentage of people that have taken a long weekend but, those you do speak to will be more likely to be in the office, more responsive, more receptive and in a much better mood than he/she may typically be mid week
- Clear out the rubbish – metaphorically speaking that is, although if you feel that emptying your bins is a productive activity that’s going to help you achieve your sales figures then by all means go ahead. No, by clear out the rubbish I mean getting through all the unfinished but relatively non urgent tasks that have built up over the course of the week. Responding to emails, writing blog posts (!), chasing up proposals etc etc. Clear them off now and that’s a whole lot less you’ve got to deal with next week
- Organise regular team meetings – this kind of fits in with number one although number one was more for your own personal planning and satisfaction. A friday review meeting can be far more productive than the traditional first thing on monday morning when a good portion of your team is bleary eyed and possibly hungover from the weekend. It’s a nice, friendly finish to the week and helps to ensure the team start their new week focused and strategically poised!
- Remember – your competitors will be slacking. TGI friday (not the restaurant) is a widely adopted mindset. Many salespeople treat friday as a non day, meaning they’re only really working 4 days per week – add in an extra day per week of true productivity, you’ve got approximately 50 or so more workdays per year than those TGI slackers. Fight the urge to relax until it’s hometime!
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