Starting the Day Off Right
Now, if you’ve been follow through with the Taking Stock of Your Life series, I think you have a pretty good idea about the things in your life that are adding to the chaos and overwhelm of your everyday life. Therefore, our next step is to turn our attention to the things you can do to tame your daily life. What you can do to decrease those feelings of discontent and disconnection while consciously choosing to make the best use of your limited time and energy.
Of course, the first rule of increased energy and productivity is focusing on the priorities. Your priorities not someone else’s. Getting the big things done first and letting the little things fall naturally into place.
After all, you only have so many hours in a day and days in a week. Trying to do everything and be everything to everyone is only making you feel more tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed. It’s what’s making life feel chaotic, as if life happening to you rather than you truly living.
Planning and Checking Back
I suggest start as soon as possible each morning before your day gets planned out for you. Then, ask yourself periodically throughout the day if you are being productive (working on the areas of highest priority) or if you are just being busy. Then, readjust and use what you learn to unlearn bad habits.
How you spend the rest your morning really does set the tone for the rest of the day. If you start out doing emails, you’ll likely spend the rest of the day catching up. Before you know it, you’ll madly trying to be on top of things while getting other little tasks done here and there.
Meanwhile, it gets harder and harder to complete that big important project. Somehow, there will never be enough time. So, you’ll put it off until it has to be done. Then, you’ll put in half an effort.
However, if you spend the first part of your day focused on that one big project that requires concentration, you’ll find it easier to dig in and stay dug in. More so than that, you’ll find that in doing so, the rest of the day becomes easier. You feel more in control, motivated because you see actually progress.
What’s Important to You?
One thing people often ask me is Does this morning priority have to be work related? No, of course not. For example, each morning, I have a ritual of sorts. I get up, drink a glass of water, and exercise before everyone else in my family gets up. Then, I make my super smoothie and drink it while I plan my day ahead. Then, I get down to work, focusing first usually on writing because it requires that I stay present.
I know that once I start checking my social media or my email that I’m going to be pulled into reaction mode, so I always do the creative activities (my priorities) first. Then, come what may, I know I’ve actually accomplished something. That motivates and drives me to do it all again the next day.
Experiment a bit and find out what works for you. Then, make a conscious choice then turn it into a daily habit. Get up early if you have to do so. It’ll truly make all the difference to how you feel about your day and even your life.