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Getting a good start - this is what you need to do!

2014-03-07 22:44 (comments: 0)

"You've made your bed and now you must lie in it" – says the old adage. You could paraphrase it to “You will finish your day as you begin it”.

How do you start your day?

Do you wake up with a loud ringing of the alarm clock? Do you enthusiastically jump out of bed or must you drag yourself out of it?

Today I’d like to give you some ideas on how to make a better start into your day. Unless of course you have already mastered this skills – in that case please share your success strategies with us in this blogJ

  1. What are your first thoughts? The day will begin better if you can visualize three things that you are looking forward to on this day. These could be appointments, people or activities which you have planned for the day. On a particularly “bad” day, this might be the first cup of coffee, your favorite outfit or your favorite newspaper. All these images will give you a positive perspective and will help you to start your day with good energy.
  2. “I come first!” What gives you balance or positive mindset? For some people this will be meditation, for others sport or a long warm shower or a bit of “me” quality time. If you want to be and do your best, you must first of all make sure that you are in your best shape. What is your “I come first!” strategy? What keeps you in a good shape and well balanced?
  3. Create before you consume! How early do you start checking emails and text messages or surfing the Internet and checking YouTube? Direct your attention and use this time to take the step which will bring you closer to your big goal for this day (hopefully you decided already the day before what it should be). You should either take that step or at least plan it to make sure that you will definitely take it today. Only then check your email or surf the web; just remember that by doing this you often aid the others in fulfilling their goals!
  4. Take more breaks!  More breaks= more productivity! Studies after studies prove that we are more productive if we take enough breaks. But taking breaks means switching off completely, not only switching gears! Move, relax, breathe deeply, go around the block or go for a walk in the park. Even 5 minutes of a real break will do wonders!
  5. Check off the boxes and celebrate! Looking forward is important, and we are much more motivated and resilient when we allow ourselves to celebrate and honor the completed tasks and goals. Alternating tension and relaxation - that is the secret!
  6. Clear limits!  In order to be really successful it is necessary to separate the professional world from the private world so that we can really switch off. Develop separate strategies and visions for both worlds and be clear about what you want to achieve in both. Otherwise you will quickly become a slave of one of the worlds and you will lose balance. If you do it right, your life will be more colorful and you will be more grounded and present instead of constantly being distracted by thinking about the other world!


I look forward to your comments and insight on my blog. Tell me how you like to start your day or what makes you successful!

 

Quotes

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

 

Carl Bard

 

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!

Look to this Day!

For it is Life, the very Life of Life.

In its brief course lie all the

Verities and Realities of your Existence.

The Bliss of Growth,

The Glory of Action,

The Splendor of Beauty;

For Yesterday is but a Dream,

And To-morrow is only a Vision;

But To-day well lived makes

Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,

And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.

Look well therefore to this Day!

Such is the Salutation of the Dawn! 

Kalidasa

 

Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

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