You can boost your productivity and your energy by doing what some of the most successful people in the world do every morning.
For most business professionals, the most limited resource available is “Time”. Simply put, there is never enough of it, and you can’t make more of it. What can do is make your hours more productive.
What I want to offer you here, is 5 simple things that will speed up your day, increase your productivity and help you to be more successful without adding hours to your work day.
GET UP AN HOUR EARLY
Starting your day an hour earlier, means your an hour ahead of the day at hand. You have a jump start that sets the tone for the day. It’s a simple thing that will help you accomplish your goals, and you’ll get to work in a better frame of mind. For some this will be a hard habit to embrace, but it’s worth the effort and will re-enforce your commitment to seize the day.
Even if you have to add an extra alarm clock, or have the wife pour a bucket of water on you. Give this a try for a full week. Once you see that your productivity has increased, and you have more time to relax and enjoy life, you’ll have the mind set needed to make this habit stick.
It’s no secret, some would even call it a scientific fact that a simple 30 minutes of moderate morning exercise translates to an average of 2 hours additional productivity over the average 8 hour work day. Starting your day this way, will result in a noticeable gain in productivity every hour of your work day. What’s more, doing this early, before you start your day, means you do not get interrupted by long meetings, emergencies and other spoilers.
There’s nothing more powerful than a 10 minute morning review of the goals for the day. It simple to make a short list of the 3 most important goals of the day, and put that list in your face. Tap it to the mirror, stick it to your briefcase handle, on your coffee cup, whatever it takes to make it impossible to miss from the start of your day until you complete each item. At the end of the day, if all you accomplished is these 3 important goals, you’ll be able to sleep tonight knowing you made progress.
MAKE A DON’T DO IT LIST
While most people tend to make a to do list, it’s even more important to list the 3 things you DO NOT want to do. For some it might be to NOT smoke today. For others, it may be to not say anything mean today. Or to not talk over your staff today. Whatever will make you a better person today, write down those 3 things, on the same paper with your goals. Then keep your eye on the prize.
Take just 5 whole minutes, cross your legs, put your hands in a prayer form and chant “Om”. Just kidding, you don’t have to do this to meditate. What you must do, is relax and focus on visualizing your goals, and the things that will improve your life. No I am not talking about money and power. I’m talking about better health, about peace of mind, about improving relationships, and how your goals translate to a happier, more fulfilling life.
Having embraced these 5 simple things in your morning, your ready to seize the day. Oh and you can forget that illy notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The fact is, all calories are the same, morning, noon, and night.
So it’s not important that you eat breakfast, it’s important what you eat, every meal of the day. Simply ask yourself, “Am I eating what taste good, or what make me more productive?” That said, never mix sugar and milk (cereal & milk) it make alcohol in your tummy, that will just slow you down.
Do think fresh fruit, and things that will give you energy.
Okay, now go seize the day.
Dustin Rodgers, A.G. Ret.