Take Control of Your Day
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself – Da Vinci
Each waking moment we are faced with decisions about how we are to live our life. Should you hit snooze one more time? Should you go to the gym? Should you have that extra sugar in your coffee?
Learning to take control of simple tasks throughout the day will do wonders for your self-confidence, and your productivity.
Try these 5 simple ways to have an extremely productive day:
- Write down your daily non-negotiables: Non-negotiables are those things you do each day that are 100% going to be done! You’ve no choice but to do them. Consider these things are like brushing your teeth, or eating dinner. It just happens. An example of a non-negotiable for me is to write a post for my blog or exercise. Whether you’re feeling sick, tired, upset, don’t think about it, just do it.
- Work in a tidy space: Clutter creates confusion. Whether you feel like you work better with mess around you or not, it’s been scientifically proven that working in an organised setting will enhance productivity and enjoyment. If there are papers on your desk, organise and put them away. If you work from home and there are dishes to be done. Do it and then get bak to work.
- When you write down your daily tasks, complete them with why you did it: Saying you’ll go to the gym, and then waiting all day before going will only give you more time to talk yourself out of it. You’re too tired or you’ve had a hard day at work. Any excuse is just that, an excuse. Telling yourself in advance why something is important will give you a greater sense of achievement once it’s complete. For example – Today I’ll go to gym because my body is a gift I need to take care of – is much more appealing than – Today: Go to gym!
- Do it!: The worst thing you can do for your productivity is tell yourself you’re going to do something, and then not do it. You are only providing yourself with evidence that when you set yourself a task, there is an option of not doing it. Each day, when you are writing down your tasks for the following day or week, consider how important it is to you, why you will do it, and then just do it. Don’t think! Do!
- Reward yourself: At the end of each week, when you have completed all tasks set by yourself, reward yourself. Not with a night out on the town, but with something meaningful. A dress that you’ve been eyeing up. A book that will enhance your knowledge. Whatever you find most appealing, if you have achieved all your weekly tasks, then say thank you to yourself. We all deserve a little bit of recognition every now and again, none better can come then the feeling of accomplishment.
Take some time each day for personal growth. It’s now just your body that needs taking care of, your mind and spirit require just as much attention.
Feelings follow behaviour. Taking action creates the very emotions we want to be feeling