There is no worse feeling then waking up and feeling rushed. I ALWAYS ensure I set my alarm 15 minutes early so I have time to enjoy a nice cup of coffee in peace and write out my to do lists & gratitude.
If you don’t do this already, we need to chat! According to Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, below are just a FEW of the amazing benefits of practicing it daily:
Physical: Stronger immune systems, Less bothered by aches and pains, Lower blood pressure, Exercise more and take better care of their health, Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking.
Psychological: Higher levels of positive emotions, More alert, alive, and awake, More joy and pleasure, More optimism and happiness.
Social: More helpful, generous, and compassionate, More forgiving, More outgoing, Feel less lonely and isolated.
(Full Link Here: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good)
I actively try not to touch my phone until I get 15 minutes to myself. My rule of thumb is I don’t give someone 5 minutes of my day, without giving 5 minutes to myself first. Practice this and watch your day start in a completely new way.
If you know me, you know I literally LIVE by 1) My To Do List, and 2) My Calendar. By writing a short to do list every morning, it allows you to prioritize your day ahead and re-assess things that may need to shift forward or backwards in your schedule!
Yup, you could have guessed this one. I schedule e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g into my calendar. Workouts? Coffee Chats? Walks? Groceries? Driving Time? Location of Meetings? Self Care? I schedule IT ALL.
*If it is not in your calendar, it is not a priority, and it will not get done.
As per the above: If it its not in your calendar, it is not a priority and it will not get done. That is why I ONLY Prioritize 3 things daily — 3 Work and 3 Personal. This way I ensure I am getting done what I ABSOLUTELY need to.
*News Flash: If you have more than 3 TOP Priorities, they are not all TOP PRIORITIES!
7. Time block your calendar
Time blocking is my biggest trick to be ACCOUNTABLE and RELIABLE. This is because 1) I get stuff done, 2) I always show up on time, and 3) I always stick to my word.
In Summary: Time Blocking or Calendar Blocking is the act of putting EVERYTHING for your day in your calendar with realistic time frames – Workouts, tech breaks, lunch, coffee walks, conference calls, commuting times.
Regardless if this is from home or in the office, you need to ENJOY where you are working! Keep things clean, tidy and aesthetically pleasing and watch your productivity soar!
9. Move your body
I move my body 6 days a week — Non-Negotiable. This includes a variety of activities including walks outside, pilates, lagree, body weight at home workouts, weights, band workouts… you name it.
You see, when you FEEL your best you OPERATE at your best. So prioritize moving your body every day.
This is so important. Time can literally mesh together — Is it 10am? is it 7pm? You will never know! One way to keep yourself sane and your productivity high, schedule 3×20 minute tech breaks in your day. Your eyes, mind, body and brain will thank you later!