You wake up in the morning and reach out to switch off your annoying alarm. Then with one eye open you automatically check Facebook updates and posts.
Moving on to Twitter, WhatsApp, messages and whatever other media platform you have on your Smartphone.
After taking a daily supplement (click here for choices) and getting your coffee fix, you drag yourself off to work. You’re stuck in traffic amidst all the other commuters doing the same thing. An impatient driver decides to bypass all in the yellow lane to get to his destination quicker. Whilst you’re fuming at that, someone takes the gap in front of you. What does it help to hold down on your horn?! You turn on the radio to hear the latest news.
You finally get into the office. If you’re lucky enough to have one, your secretary hands you your messages. You get to your desk, open your computer and check for emails. The daily grind begins as you attend to these. At the end of the day, you look back and wonder what’s happened, how time was stolen from you and how you achieved nothing.
Here are a few tips we have gathered in order to make your daily grind more productive:
Get A Good Start In The Morning
Wake up earlier. Make tea or coffee for the family. Don’t let your cell phone and social media be the first thing you look at. Greet your spouse and kids. Let them know that they are the most important people in your life. Enjoy your coffee together before you all run off in different directions.
Beat The Traffic
Having woken up earlier, you can get on the road in advance of the traffic. This will save your fuel consumption, your aggression levels and your blood pressure. You will also arrive at the office in control and ready to tackle the challenges before you.
First Things First
Don’t attend to the myriad of emails that await you. These steal your time and your energy. Set time aside to take stock and plan your day. Look at your diary, consider meetings, project deadlines, critical paths and functions that need to be fulfilled. Prioritize these. Prioritize your emails. Once you have a game plan, then implement it. If you haven’t planned your day, other people will fill it with their priorities.
Watch Your Input Sources
Don’t watch or listen to the news. Inevitably there is bad news. Whether its politics; murder; tax; inflation or fuel hikes, the news is generally negative. To make matters worse, you probably return to the news every half hour, in case you’ve missed anything, only to hear the same news repeated. No wonder the day is as bad as it is. I’m not saying be like an ostrich with its head in the sand. Rather, listen to uplifting music or an audiobook. What about positive affirmation, an encouraging sermon or a motivational podcast?
The 3 Essentials
Get into the habit of daily exercise, to the point where your body says it’s time for your endorphin boost to activate body and mind. This should be at least 3 times a week, or more if you can. Going for a jog or walk in the sun at lunchtime, even better. Ensure you get enough sleep and rest so that you can take on any challenges with a clear and sharp mind. Establish good eating habits, with a healthy breakfast, suitable lunch and dinner and a boost of multivitamins. Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. In fact, try to match each cup of coffee or tea with a glass of water.
At the start of your day, or during the course of the day when things start to get overwhelming, take time to reflect on past achievements, successes and victories. Don’t focus on failures. Set yourself achievable goals, so that you can mark off your to-do list or add to your accomplishments.
Face each day with a sense of peace. Maintaining a positive state of mind will keep you motivated, fruitful and productive. Being on top of your game enables you to keep your sense of humor too. The ability to laugh makes you attractive and people want to be around you, in other words, whatever verve you give off, you attract.
So put a smile on your dial, a song on your lips, a skip in your step, have an encouraging word to give and you’re good to go.
In the face of adversity, consider Monty Python’s comedy song: “Always look on the bright side of life!”
This post was sourced for dadvworld.com I’m always looking for actionable tips to enhance positivity and this post fits the bill perfectly.
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