Ahh, Friday. The siren call of “TGIF”, a whole weekend ahead to do with what you please. If you’re an entrepreneur, any day is a workday, and yet no one is immune to the sweet relief of that Friday energy. No matter what your work week looks like, Fridays are notorious for being tough on productivity.
But what happens when you need to hustle like a Monday, even on a Friday? Don’t let your productivity take a dip – when the temptation to count the minutes to the weekend hits, it’s time to get back to basics so that you can stay on track. Otherwise, you run the risk of heading into the weekend with that nagging feeling of things that are waiting to be done. Here are three ways to keep your Fridays just as productive as any other workday.
Making Friday More Productive
Complete Smaller Tasks
For many people, Friday may not be the best day to start tackling a huge project. Those big to-dos just seem far too daunting when you know you’re going to be away from your desk for the next two days, anyway. Whether it’s filling out your expense report, taking some time to organize your overflowing inbox, or even decluttering your workspace, Friday is a great day to tie up all of those loose ends that pop up throughout the rest of the week. Think of it as “productivity housekeeping.”
Plan Your Following Week
A really smart Friday move? Mapping out the week ahead. It allows you to walk into the office on Monday morning already prepared—meaning you can also be strategic about where you channel your time and energy. Get specific with what you want to accomplish, what tools and materials you’ll need to get it done, and lay the groundwork. That way, you’ll already have some of the decisions made and can get straight into it on Monday. And quite honestly, who doesn’t like finding a way to make Mondays easier?
Fridays are often a great time to schedule meetings for a few different reasons. First, it follows along with the natural social vibe of that final day of the workweek – so you’re leaning into the tendency to get away from the workspace a bit. Second, it helps to break up the monotony and keeps things interesting. And finally, because you’re already mapping out your next week or next moves, having productive meetings on Fridays is a great way to look ahead together.
Next time that TGIF wave hits and your Friday starts to slip away, keep these tips in mind. Remember: do something today that your future self will thank you for – so that your Saturday and Sunday self can be glad you put in the effort. If you think of Friday as Pre-Monday, you’ll enjoy your weekend and maybe even enter the new week a little better off. If you are interested in learning more about having fun working for yourself, marketing products you love, talk to Alan with AdvancingWithUs.