By Catherine Corcoran
I always hear people talking about how they aren’t “Monday People” –and there are a ton of you out there! I mean, The Boomtown Rats wrote a song about it and sometimes I wonder if my fellow subway commuters have it on repeat on their way to work in the mornings.
I, on the other hand, have learned to – gasp- LOVE Mondays. But it wasn’t always that way. Before applying some of the killer Accelerated Artist systems (which I will be sharing with you momentarily ;) ) I would actually find myself having difficulty sleeping come Sunday nights. I would actually be kept awake, riddled with anxiety, over everything that Monday could potentially bring. It was in these Sunday night stress sessions that I discovered why Monday felt so overwhelming to me: I never felt prepared for it.
As artists and entertainers, we constantly find ourselves attempting to juggle multiple aspects of our lives. Between our “survival jobs,” family, friends, shows, rehearsals, auditions (oh and did I mention rehearsals?) it’s hard to find a moment to breathe, let alone sleep, with all the things we have on our plates. And with all this insanity, when we have an evening to relax (say, SUNDAY, or another night of the week depending on your performance schedule) it’s easy for us to want to completely unplug.
The problem with this is that when we stop juggling, all the plates we have in the air have no choice but to fall; leaving us to pick up the pieces and start all over again come Monday. I’m not saying that your career is doomed if you don’t spend your Sunday night practicing that three-hour, one man, solo show to debut on Monday. But I am saying that you don’t have to live in these all-or-nothing ultimatums either. In fact, many of the most successful professionals, in any field, will tell you that having a system that works for you is half the battle.
So, without further adieu, I give you: SIX WAYS to ROCK your SUNDAY Night like a MONDAY Person! (Keep in mind that you can use these ideas for any night of the week, so long as it works with YOUR schedule).
First) Make this work something that you look forward to. Find a clean and calming space, light some candles, grab a comfort beverage (wine, tea, etc), whatever works for you. This is your time to focus on yourself and the week ahead, and you deserve every minute of it.
Second) Gather your materials. Everybody likes to organize his or her thoughts differently. Whether you’re a pen and paper gal, or a tech-savvy Evernote expert, make sure everything is charged, stocked and ready to go in your calming space.
Third) Write out all your goals for the week and divide them into three categories (personal, professional, and financial). If you’re working with an Accelerated Artist Coach, we can provide awesome worksheets to help you do exactly this.
Fourth) Now, under each category create a list of all the materials that you will need, as well as certain tasks that you must complete to achieve these goals. Specificity is your friend here, so list everything from printing those headshot copies to that extra shift you’ll need to work to cover that expense.
Fifth) Decide what tasks MUST be completed by certain days and schedule reminders, as well as specific times for yourself to work on your list. Also schedule some time for yourself (allow time for that extra yoga class, or movie night). This will keep you from going into overwhelm throughout the week.
Sixth) Stick to your plan! Systems don’t have feelings, so there’s no shame in some trial and error before you’re able to figure out exactly when and how you can accomplish everything on your list- but you’ll never see results if you don’t at least TRY to stick to your schedule.
Check back in with yourself on the following Sunday and see how you did. You can rework your schedule for the following week as needed, or schedule a session with me and I’ll be happy to walk you through the process.
You deserve to have the career you want on the terms you want it- so get out there and start kicking Monday’s butt!
Posted on April 6, 2015
by Catherine Corcoran, Accelerated Career Coach filed under