Who here actually likes Mondays? You could argue that the liking of Mondays is testament to a healthy attitude and will ultimately help you get the most out of your working week, but you could also argue that the liking of Mondays is more-often-than-not a conscious, concentrated effort.
Mondays are even difficult to like if you really like your job. I like my job a lot. I like it so much I find it difficult to stop doing it! It’s interwoven seamlessly into my life to the point where I barely notice where ‘work’ ends and ‘life’ begins. They’re now one and the same (and I like it that way).
Here’s the thing: even I don’t like Mondays. Maybe that’s a learned behaviour from the days when I wasn’t in quite such a lovely job, maybe it’s something else. Regardless of the how or why, I don’t like Mondays. And I know I’m not alone.
Until, that is, the boss asks me this question:
What is your positive focus?
We report on our metrics in the boardroom every Monday morning before we get stuck into the cold hard facts. We take it in turns to tell him (and our colleagues) what our positive focus for the day is, and the mood is instantly lifted.
There are no rules to what the answers can be. It can be something that has already happened, or something you are looking forward to. It can something monumentally life changing, or it can be something small. It can be a very simple, ongoing focus (a love for your friends and family, for instance) or something complex and specific.
Okay, there is one rule: it has to be positive.
Here’s mine for today: my partner and I are going to see a the latest installment in a horror series that we like tonight (The Conjuring 2, if anyone’s interested!) and I’ve been told it’s really scary. Just what you want from a horror film!
Memorable PFODs (Positive Focus Of The Day) from my colleagues have included: snogging (yes, snogging), particularly delicious ice creams, particularly delicious scotch eggs, work-related achievements, funny things their kids did on the weekend, tales of drunken mischief, overheard conversations, passing thoughts, impromptu trips, getting out of paying a parking ticket and, every now and then, something as broad and as fulfilling as “life is good”.
It’s become my favourite thing about Mondays, mostly as it’s an extra incite into the lives of my colleagues and what makes them happy (as time goes on, you will start to notice a few patterns) but also because it gets me thinking (positively) about the working week coming in advance. Little things will happen throughout the weekend that I will tag in my mind as “a potential positive focus” which I will go on to look forward to sharing.
Sometimes I walk into that meeting knowing exactly what I’m going to answer with, sometimes I don’t and find myself surprised when it tumbles out. Sometimes I have to clamour for something to say, sometimes I struggle to narrow it down to one!
Here’s why you need to start asking for it yourself:
1. It gets you and your team, into the right state for the day/week ahead (and state is everything)
2. It gets your team thinking positively about the working week before it has even begun
3. It encourages your team to be more invested in their own, and each other’s happiness
4. It acts as the perfect disrupter/icebreaker
This is very much a team members’ perspective as opposed to a business owner’s one, but it’s a very quick and easy way of showing your team that they are more to you than just the results they produce and the salary you pay them. One of the many reasons I love my job is I feel like the rest of my life outside the office walls matters, and the Positive Focus is one of those things.
We do it on a Monday morning, and now I (mostly) look forward to my Monday mornings. You can do yours every day, before every meeting. You can do it one-on-one, you can do it to the group. You can call it the Positive Focus, or you can call it something else entirely. The one and only trick is asking your team to share something positive about their lives, and then watching the state of the room, and your company, improve.
It’s all about the mindset – everything stems from that. Once you have that right, the strategy, the action and the results will more easily follow.
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