Having a bad work day can be really devastating, making us completely unproductive, even for the rest of the week. And as such, we all wake up each day with hopes that our day at work would go as perfectly as we’ve planned it should be. But, here’s good news – there are tricks to help you have a perfect day, every single day of your work week.
It’s easier to achieve and maintain a positive attitude if you have a “library” of positive thoughts in your head, so you can draw upon them if the day doesn’t go exactly as you would prefer. Start each day by reading or listening to something inspirational.
Make good use of your commute period
Your commute time is the perfect time for you get yourself pumped for the day, do not throw away the valuable asset of the ride to work. Instead of listening to news, making calls, texting or responding to emails, listen to music that makes you happy, inspires and gets you in the right mood.
Tie your work to your life’s goals
Always remember that there’s a deeper reason why you go to work and why you chose your current role. Maybe it’s to support your family, to change the world in some way, to help your customers, to make a difference: Whatever the deeper motivation, remind yourself that each workday is an opportunity to accomplish part of that deeper and more important goal.
Everyone has too much to do, so it is important to prioritize. Which tasks has the most urgent deadline? Which task is the largest source of stress? – if you’re going to be dreading it all day so get it over with. Which task will take the most time and energy? – doing it first will make all others seem easy in comparison. Get the important things done without distraction, so you don’t get worn out before the day runs out.
Don’t work long hours
Long hours are simply a bad idea, and do not equate additional productivity. Long hours, after a short burst of productivity, actually make you less productive. If you’re able to prioritize your tasks well, most of the productivity will happen early in the day during the completion of those higher priority tasks. Adding more hours will not increase overall productivity.
Take time to relax
Once you’re done with the workday, fill the rest of your hours with non-work related activities that bring you joy and help you relax. The analogy of “recharge your batteries” is valid. Failing to take time to relax and stop thinking about work guarantees that you’ll begin the next day with a “hangover” of resentment that will take the joy out of what can, and should be, a positive work experience.
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