How to Start New Every Day
Spring is the season to celebrate new life. All you have to do is look around at all the flowers blooming to appreciate it. This time of year can also serve as a reminder to try looking at every new day as what it is – a new day. This mindset can take us a long way in business. It’s important to be able to look at each midnight as the start of another 24 hours of new opportunity and promise. This can be hard to do when the stresses of each previous day carry over, but the results are more than worth the effort. Here’s how you can get a fresh start every day.
- Put the phone and laptop down after work. If you’re checking your messages and emails all night, you’re not giving your body and mind its well-deserved and much needed rest. Even if you can’t resist and have to check your phone, give yourself a couple of hours after work, and a couple more before bed when you don’t bring the work home. You need time to do what you enjoy. As soon as you are able to get in the habit of doing this, you’ll begin to look forward to your scheduled “no phone, no work time” and the next day, you’ll be nice and refreshed.
- Wake up before the last possible second. It can be tempting to keep punching the snooze button on your alarm, but start getting up a little earlier every day – five minutes today, ten minutes tomorrow – so that eventually you’ll have an entire half or whole hour to make your morning coffee, read the paper, go for a walk, and still have plenty of time to get ready and look your best. If you’re scrambling to get out the door each day to get to the office on time, it will only make you more stressed. Besides, some of the best ideas come during the early morning hours.
- Each morning, stop thinking about all of the tasks you have to complete or didn’t finish the day before, and instead visualize the type of person you want to be that day. Do you want to productive? Do you want to be calm? Happy? If you focus on that, everything else will fall into place throughout the day. If you wake up and say, “Today, I’m going to be productive,” instead of, “Today I’m going to do x, y, and z,” you’ll get x, y, and z, done but will feel much more calm while doing it. If you tell yourself you want to be happy, you’ll begin to subconsciously make decisions that you know will make you feel that way. If completing your tasks for the day will make you happy and relaxed, you’ll make sure to get it done.
Learn a lesson from the signs of new life that are all around you this time of year. Start living for the new day in your personal and your work lives instead of dwelling in the past. Over time, you’ll find that doing so will make you happier and more productive, and therefore, more successful.
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About Artemio Flores III
Art Flores is the president of the Entrepreneurs' Organization - San Antonio. He is also the vice president and co-owner of Artcom Associates, Inc. The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a dynamic, global network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst…