How To Energise Your Day Or Week
There might be a mountain of things to do, people to see and issues to be addressed but you can get ahead of things with some simple steps to energise the day or week ahead.
- Identify the problem. Be very, very clear what the problem(s) are that are facing you. Once you know this then you can plan and set out the best plan of action. A good start is to simply prepare a list of things to do and set out which are both important and urgent and start with those. Another good ploy is to tackle the simple stuff first and then get some momentum going ready for the more challenging work on the list.
- Prepare for tomorrow today and/or prepare for Monday on Friday. Something nasty lurking in wait? Get prepared and give yourself some thinking and preparation time ahead of actually having to deal with the problem or issue. On the day itself do the difficult or challenging tasks first and then enjoy the feeling that it has been dealt with and you can move on to other more interesting/rewarding activities.
- Make a list of the things that you are looking forward to doing. This is important to counter-balance the difficult or challenging tasks we are facing. Reward and motivation are very important here as having a positive outlook is essential in any working environment.
- Unplug! If possible, try to avoid checking work e-mail or voicemail outside working hours particularly if you know that you will not be responding immediately to whatever the message might be. A clear head-space is very important here.
- Get enough sleep and wake up early.Go to bed a little early the night before the day you are not looking forward to so that you get enough sleep so that you wake up feeling well-rested. Short sleep patterns do nobody any good. Also waking up an extra 15 to 30 minutes early actually makes the forthcoming day a little easier as you have an additional time for fine-tuning your preparation.
- Dress for success.Present a positive image and take time to choose your clothing – this instills pride and sends the message that you are a person who is prepared and ready for the forthcoming events. Looking like you just got out of bed shows a poor mind-set and a limited desire to tackle what the day or week will throw at you! When you look good you feel good.
- Be positive.Start the day or week with a clear positive frame – take time to think of all the things you are grateful for and all of the things in your life that have been a success – also think about the things at work that you enjoy. Do this before you get to your desk and then move forward from there. Once at work do not allow yourself to fall into a negative culture of complaining – this will only drag you down so if you hear colleagues complaining absence yourself from the group and be positive in your own space!
- Keep one day, preferably Monday, light. If you keep your normally busiest day light of appointments/meetings/decision-making this will give you time to plan and reflect on what has gone and what is to come.
- Do tasks that are enjoyable! Make sure that you identify and complete tasks that you enjoy as much as possible – this includes making time to chat and talk to colleagues on non-work-related topics. Work is a social experience and needs to be planned for and recognised as such! This time gives you chance to catch your breath and shape up for the next series of challenges.
- Plan for time after work.The day is not all about work and the most balanced and healthy people put as much energy into their hobbies and time out of work as they do inside work! Make appointments and set activities up in the future and then use them as tools to keep you motivated and something to look forward to. The saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” was never more true these days when work expectations are set so high and there seems little chance for some god old-fashioned rest and relaxation!
Enjoy the challenge and Good Luck!
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