Happy New Week!
I really hope you have a productive one. Mine has started on a good note at least. I am so energized and even though there are a million small things that need to be done, I am pretty certain they will be.
I watched a Steve Ballmer commencement speech and was left breathless when he encouraged everyone present to seize the day! This is such a common thing to hear but the truth is that if you do not run the day, the day will definitely run you.
So how can you and I do it?
Making a to-do list
This sounds cliché but you ought to know the major things you need to do. I set reminders for everything on my phone, whether it is wash day, a meeting or an event, it is always in there. I set it up in a way that it shows the whole day then right before bed I get to cancel the things that got done and transfer the next. Making a to-do list is definitely the first step of seizing the day.
Spreading your bed
Yes! So simple but the first step to conquering your day should be spreading that bed. It really gives a sense of responsibility and coming back to a made bed in the evening is so refreshing!
Finishing the small tasks first
Sometimes you wake up and think ‘I have a million things to do!” The truth is that if you focus on the small tasks first that do not take much time like in my case sending an email or just making a blog post, once that is out of the way, you can focus on the big ones like meetings and important calls.
Get the tiny tasks like arranging the closet out of your way so you can have plenty of time for the big tasks.
This had to come in somewhere. Exercise doesn’t require some gym membership or mega routine. It is as simple as 50 sit ups as soon as you wake up. I am trying to incorporate this on days that I do not go to the gym. Some people like to run, do what floats your boat whether it is rope skipping or using a roller. Get your body a little active.
Staying off social media in the morning
If you are not into tech, this is a good one for you. I also tried to practice it and it really works. Keeping off your phone in the morning helps you focus on you. I read about the 5-8.00 AM Club as written by Robin Sharma. This is the time where there are less interruptions. If there is anything you need to do to enrich your mind like reading or exercise then this is the perfect time.
Checking motivation pages
For millenials like myself, the first thing we do in the morning is check our phones. The best way to get your day started is to check on motivational posts on the internet. I follow Gary Vee, Secrets to Success and off course my latest sensation is Will Smith. Gettting those quotes should be enough to pump you up.
Creating a motivational playlist
For music lovers, there are some songs that really get in your system and motivate you to work hard. Some in my list include Kanye West- Can’t tell me nothing, Jay Z- Already home, Sia- Titanium, Beyonce- Formation, AKA ft Anatii- 10 fingers just to name a few.
This playlist reminds me to get up, conquer the day and do what I do. There really is good music out there that is created for doers. All you have to do is play it as you start your day and you are good to go.
Focusing on one thing
The key to doing a shady task is trying to multi task. While some people do it well, others just have to focus on one thing, finish, then do another one. Remember the article where I talked about giving things 100%? It really is the key. Focus on one task and give it all you got.
Have a very productive week.
See you around.