Make Every Day Your Day
Six Simple Steps To Reduced Stress
And Increased Productivity
By Janice Ferrante
Here are a few tips that I have found effective in making every day a productive day.
THE MUST THINGS MUST BE FINISHED – I call these things non-negotiables. Don’t get carried away or you will set yourself up for failure. What are the most important things to you to see finished every day? Or maybe once a week?
Mine have become the dishes each night by bedtime, wipe the bathroom and laundry put away. It has made my BOOST Circuit that much more effective and it really shows.
Notice these are measurable tasks – expectations are clear cut and simple.
I DID THE BEST JOB I COULD TODAY – This one is so important. Attitude is everything and it’s easy to get bogged down. Even running full tilt, some days it just isn’t enough. Take a deep breath, be proud of yourself for doing your best. You did well and tomorrow is another day. When I fall short I like to think – it’s better than it was.
Remember this quote “Day by Day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” Emile Coue’ from the ebook “The Practice of Auto Suggestion”.
DON’T LET IT PILE UP – Enough said! My grandmother told me the trick is to pick up after yourself. Since I’ve found myself picking small things up that I wouldn’t normally, I’m starting to see space where there was none. That’s freedom!
TELEVISION – Track how much you are really watching. If you work at home this is especially important. Are you taking up your work day with TV?
Even cutting back one hour and replacing it with a focused, productive task will give you great results, maybe even bump you over the top to what you are aiming for if you have been struggling. Is your favourite show that important? Can you at least knock it back to every other day? Or pay attention, maybe you are just watching it out of habit and it isn’t even that great.
Are you tired? Grab ½ hour nap instead and revitalize yourself to get even more out of the rest of the day.
READING – I love to read so it isn’t a stretch for me but I did get out of the habit for a few years. Then I started for even 10 minutes each night in bed before going to sleep. Guaranteed me time and it has opened up my world, there’s a lot of smart people writing books out there!
WATER AND EXERCISE – I can’t stress enough the difference in my energy level when I am sure to drink my water – I see a huge difference even at 3 cups during the day – and to get some vigourous exercise into the day (a work out), a minimum of 3 times per week, and regular exercise in every day (a walk).
If you aim for this, if you miss a few you will still see benefits. You’ll feel better, you’ll look better and you will be able to get out of bed earlier and jump into the things you need to do.
I find a water bottle that squeezes really helped, as well as keeping a water glass by the sink, a small glass here and there really adds up.
Make an effort to follow these simple steps, make them a habit one by one and you are guaranteed to see your productivity go up and your stress level go down.
The good news is that it's catching, watch your family relax and smile more often too!
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