When you think about how much you accomplish, or don't accomplish every day how do you feel? There are so many reasons (or excuses) for not accomplishing our To Do List, Intention List or whatever you want to actually call your daily list of things that you plan to do every day.
Could your daily productivity be directly related to the habits that you have developed? Having a system to work through your day will help you along the path to productivity. When you go to a doctor and he prescribes you a new medication, taking the medication will become a daily routine. In order to feel better you'll follow the doctor's direction and take your medication whenever he recommends. You will find a way to work it into your daily habits in order to feel better.
So why not manage your day with the same concept. Think about one of the most productive days that you have had recently. Why were you able to achieve your goals? What did you do differently that day that you didn't do today?
Here are some of the daily habits that I have put into place. They have helped me increase efficiency, stay focused and reach my goals:
1. Read something positive every day. I don't even turn on the news - unless there is a hurricane or earthquake that I need to know about!! I find a book that will help me develop myself and become a better "me" and consistently read at least a chapter every morning. One book that I have found most helpful recently is Give From the Heart, Receive What You Are Worth by a good friend and colleague of mine, Melanie Yost. It can be purchased on Amazon, is an easy ready and full of motivating and inspiring thoughts that will make you say....Duh!
2. Spend time every day meditating to keep positive thoughts flowing through my mind. There are so many negative thoughts that we allow to take hold of our progress and allow us to be unproductive. We can use them all as an excuse! I didn't reach my goals today because: I got sidetracked by a news article that was just so depressing, or, I allowed myself to be wrapped up in a friend's drama - while I want to be there to help, it can be on my own terms. There are so many opportunities for negative thoughts to jump right into the middle of our day and allow us to lose concentration. If I feel it happening, at any time during the day, just a few minutes of quite time/meditation can pull me right back into my positive self.
3. Clear my head by doing something physical. Take a short walk, or several of them for just about 10 minutes each.
Reaching goals requires staying focused on the outcome and developing positive habits that allow you to stay optimistic and constructive. Finding a few encouraging friends or colleagues is also very helpful! Keep your day upbeat and positive. Your daily habits will encourage your success and I'd love to hear the results.