It’s Monday. Even if it isn’t. Maybe it’s Tuesday. In any case, there’s another beginning. The break is done. However long it was doesn’t seem like enough. A day or two or ten or a hundred when you didn’t have to worry about work. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you didn’t worry about it, but you should always remember that you don’t have to (and if you do have to, why is that). Now it’s time to pick up the mantle and walk back into the fray.
Easier said than done. Maybe you didn’t sleep well last night. Maybe you’d like another day off. Maybe you enjoyed that vacation or that sabbatical and you’d really love to not deal with work ever again. I can understand that, but you’re still going to have to do something. Even if you have the ability to not work and you opt to act on it, you’re still at the beginning of something.
A new day. A new week. Is it full of possibility? Are you full of dread? If the answer to the second question is yes, is that a normal state of affairs? If you are regularly filled with dread at the beginning then something is wrong. If you can improve the circumstances so that the dread begins decreasing then do that and stay with it. If you can’t improve the circumstances, then why stay? You always have a choice.
Get there early if you can. Don’t start responding to email yet. Take a moment to consider the rough shape of your day. Is there time for the important work? Guard that with your life. And when it comes around, do the work. Maybe you have a lot of meetings, maybe you have no meetings, either way, put together a plan for how you’re going to execute on the next eight hours (or more). The plan may not hold due to unforeseen complications, but the planning is essential.
Start. If you can focus on the work that matters before you open your inbox or messenger app, so much the better. If it’s early enough, you can make good progress on the work before the interruptions begin. I’m not sure what type of work you do, but odds are that meetings or messages are eventually going to require your attention. Maybe that won’t happen for a couple hours, maybe you have only minutes after getting to work. That’s how it goes sometime.
It’s another day, another beginning. You will only get so many of them. Try to make them count. Try to be grateful that you have this one. Start executing and good luck.