We can only work so much in a week without a day or two of rest before our productivity starts to evaporate. That means we can make it to Friday with a lot to complete but very little energy. That leads to stress, and that kind of stress isn't so good for you. The solution? Front-load your week with the big stuff so you can afford to be less productive later on.
Elizabeth Grace Saunders, writing for productivity and ideas blog the 99u, explains:
Front-loading gives you the ability to stay on top of projects that take longer than expected without getting stressed or working into the wee hours of the night. Since all of your must-do’s are taken care of at least a few days in advance, you can easily move would-like-to-do’s to the next day. Also if a cool opportunity arises, you can make a spontaneous decision to take advantage of it because you don’t constantly have the pressure of racing to meet a deadline.
I had to get a lot finished in advance of a holiday I'm taking this weekend. In fact, when you're reading this, I'm gone! In order to get it all done, I front-loaded my week with the tougher tasks so they received the majority of my brainpower. It really makes a difference. You don't necessarily get more work done faster, but you do feel like a burden has been lifted.