To figure out where you are, what you are doing, and where you should be going, use the Monday of each week to think about the big picture of your work life. Designer David Kadavy describes these as “Prefrontal Mondays”.
Kadavy reckons that your prefrontal cortex — the part of your brain that’s involved in making executive decisions — is at its best on Mondays, if you have rested over the weekend.
On Prefrontal Mondays, I do executive-type thinking. I turn off social media. Heck, I get off of my computer entirely. I put a whiteboard on the floor, and I review — using only a marker and my prefrontal cortex — what’s going on in my business. What’s working? What’s not working? What should I do next? What should I stop doing? What is it, really (at the highest, most abstract level possible) that I’m really trying to accomplish, anyway?
Kadavy got the idea from Steve Jobs, who used to have Monday morning meetings with his executives, which was meant for a freewheeling discourse about the future, according to Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson.
If you’re not a Monday person, you can do this on any other day of the week when your mind isn’t caught up in the minor details of work and is ready for a broader outlook.