Work Less for More? Yes, Please!
Lately, you have found yourself in an unfavorable position. Your mental space is already at capacity when you clock in at work, first thing in the morning. There are about twenty more tasks that you wish you had more time for. During times like these, you're pretty sure the clock is going faster than it should be!
Some of my most productive days happen when getting to the gym early and beginning my work day during the "quiet hours", before the slamming of weights start to ensue. Don't get me wrong, I love that sound but with the lack of this distraction, as well as others, you can stay focused on some of the primary tasks for the day, which usually leads to getting ahead for the next day. Another added benefit is the possibility of skipping rush hour traffic! That just might be my favorite part. Applying this tip will free up some of that mental space and make your work day feel more like a cool breeze, rather than a whirling hurricane!
This all starts, of course, by setting yourself up for success ahead of time. You increase the likelihood of this becoming a manageable habit when you remove any distraction from your nightly routine and get to bed at a reasonable hour. I have struggled myself with making sure to turn everything off by 8 p.m. in order to be in bed by 8:30 p.m. sharp—my ideal bedtime. When I am able to get to bed at this time consistently, WATCH OUT WORLD! The difference in focus, memory recall, and energy (in combination with my clean eating routine, of course) is literally night and day!
Challenge yourself this week to set a nightly cut off hour for bedtime. Turn off the computers and put away the phone. Get to bed at your ideal time so that you can get the rest and recovery that your body deserves! Try shooting for 7-9 hours. If possible, get to work an hour or two early. Keep your eyes open for any indication that work is becoming more and more manageable and your days are seemingly growing shorter.
Next week I'll be diving deeper on the topic of How to Jump Start Your Energy and Production Levels!
"Control your own destiny or someone else will!" -Jack Welch