Sometimes getting back into your routine after the silly season can be a bit of stretch – try designing your day to maximise your time and getting you closer to your goals quicker.
We live in a chaotic world and with so much on our plate it is easy to get overwhelmed and feel like we are stuck in Ground Hog day but with a little bit of planning and structure we can fix this and feel that awesome sense of satisfaction you get when you are staying on top of life and making things happen on a daily basis - all it takes is the choice to be proactive, instead of reactive.
This means being deliberate and asking yourself what you want to happen, considering if it can happen and incorporating a little mindful preparation at the beginning of the day.
Wake up right
You’ve heard it before - what you do in the minutes after you open your eyes sets the tone for the rest of your day, we don’t want to harp on but it’s true.
If you hit snooze a dozen times, skip breakfast and rush out the door into peak hour traffic, you’ll spend the rest of the day in a blur of panic.
Alternatively, if you rise early but well-rested and ease yourself into the morning with mindfulness and appreciation for a new day, that sense of calm and control will permeate the rest of your waking hours.
What you focus on, you attract. What you acknowledge, expands. What you show appreciation for, grows.
So practice gratitude and remind yourself of at least three things in your life you are thankful for. Try incorporating daily gratitude into your morning routine.
Believe that there’s plenty more where that came from.
Know what’s important
Set aside a few minutes each morning and review your priorities for the day ahead. Ask yourself, “What is important to me, today?”
List three to five of your most urgent tasks and aim to cross these off before you do anything else.
If you’re anything like us there is a hundred things you’d like to achieve, but be realistic, you can’t do it all.
Take inspired action
Don’t lose yourself in the humdrum of all of those daily responsibilities, commitments and expectations and forget to look at the bigger picture.
Spend at least a little time each day honouring the big bold dreams, goals and intentions you have set for yourself over time.
Review those goals and ask yourself often “What that will get me one step closer to achieving them?” Then, decide. Commit. Schedule. And do it. You’ll be one step closer than you were yesterday.
Sync your calendar
Check in with your calendar and familiarise yourself with the time-sensitive parts of your day.
Are all of these appointments and meetings crucial? Are they all valid and worthy uses of your time? How can you streamline your agenda to make it run as smoothly and effective as possible?
Inject a few simple pleasures into your day. Instead of filling time with mindless distractions like scrolling through social media, an unhealthy snack or a negative thought? What can you do here that would be a better use of those fleeting seconds?
Here are some ideas:
- Make yourself a cup of tea and savour each sip.
- Send a heartfelt message to a loved one.
- Repeat a positive affirmation.
- Close your eyes and take 10, mindful breaths.
Finish on a high note
Just as we need to begin our day with purpose, ease and self-care, so too do we need to end it on a high note.
At the end of the day, when all of the ‘stuff’ is done, create space for an evening ritual that prioritises one or all of the following:
- Quiet reflection.
- Slowing down.
- Switching off.
Leave your work at the office, disconnect from technology and allow your body and mind to recover from a busy day.
Most importantly, take a few minutes for quiet reflection. Celebrate your achievements from the day. Acknowledge where you could do better next time.
Let it go. Move on. Focus on tomorrow.