Today’s Focus

Today’s Focus

There are days that I am not organized enough to know what to do first. Some days are overwhelming because I have so much to do. Other days I am distracted and put my priorities to the side for someone else. Ugh! It is hard to have a productive day, day after day after day.

So, when those troublesome times appear, I have had to come up with a strategy to make the most out of a challenging day.

I love being home and working from home.

I love the opportunity to mingle work with personal appointments and get up early or stay up late to meet a deadline. For me, I am at my most productive self when I am working at home. But there is a drawback. It is sometimes easy to push a task to the next day or even week. There is always tomorrow.

It is easy to procrastinate, and that bad habit is hard to break.

If something doesn’t get done today, I can do it tomorrow. Without a boss to tell me it has to be done by five o’clock, it is difficult to push off that last minute invitation for lunch. I found myself getting further and further behind where I wanted to be.

I started to get behind on my goals.

I had to have a sit down with myself and reexamine why I wanted to build this business. I had to rediscover my passion and start saying no to going out for lunch. With my tasks piling up, I had to figure out how I was going to catch up on the work I procrastinated to do.

My solution was to make an all-encompassing to-do list.

I love a to-do list! I went through all my piles of papers, notes, email and bills. I organized the piles into categories and then wrote down each task on my to-do list. It was long. The next day, I woke up excited to get working but I no longer felt ambitious.

My motivation died because I felt overwhelmed.

My to-do list was just too long and instead of feeling excited, I felt discouraged. I was overwhelmed. That day turned out to be unproductive. The next morning, I woke up with the same feeling, but instead of doing nothing, I decided to focus on just one thing. It worked because that “one thing” motivated me to do the next thing, and the next, and the next. I had a very productive day and my mojo was coming back.

I continued to focus on one thing each day for the rest of the week.

Some days are so much more productive than other days. Some tasks just take more time. But at the end of the day, that “one thing” gets done. And that is very motivating.

I am calling this my “today’s focus” task.

Today’s focus was to write this blog. I will probably get more done before the day is over, but I know my main focus is complete. Not every day needs a push; most days are fine, and I follow my work schedule. But on the days when I feel overwhelmed, I decide what my focus will be for that day and I get it done. Anything more is just the gravy on top.

When you are feeling overwhelmed, instead of shutting down and doing nothing. Try to focus on just one thing. At the end of the day, you will feel good that at the very least, you accomplished your task.

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Night Time Routine

Night Time Routine

While having a morning routine is intended to get your day off to a great start, the night time routine is intended to quiet your day and lead you to a comfortable night’s sleep.

The process for creating a night time routine is the same as you did for the morning routine. Reread last week’s blog post to see the steps. You may want to make some adjustments to your morning routine as you decide what you prefer to do in the morning versus the evening. For example, if you originally had journaling in the morning, you may decide that you prefer to journal at night instead.

Other tasks for the evening might include doing yoga, stretching, push-ups, reading, pick up the house, drinking tea, or taking a walk or bath. You may also want to make your to-do list for the next day, pick out your outfit for work, or pack your lunch.

Take the time to wind down your day and enjoy some quiet time each night. Your night time routine will help you achieve this. You will sleep better and feel better. Tomorrow you will wake up to begin another wonderful day!

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Morning Routine

Morning Routine

The beginning of the day is an opportunity to start fresh. We often say to ourselves, “I’ll start tomorrow.” We start our diets tomorrow, we start going to the gym tomorrow, we begin a new habit…tomorrow. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow and it can be the new beginning we are looking for. All those positive daily tasks we keep promising ourselves we will do, can begin today.

The best way to accomplish this is to create a morning routine.

Begin by writing down all the things you would like to do every single day, such as: meditate, go to the gym, read, walk, have coffee, journal, make your bed, drink water, walk your dog, paint, sit-ups, and so on.

Next, group similar tasks under one category such as exercise or personal growth.

Exercise: 

  • go to the gym
  • do sit-ups
  • walk

Then each day when you want to exercise, you choose what you will do.

After your list is simplified, prioritize the tasks in an order that makes sense. If you prefer to exercise early in the morning, then that task will appear at the beginning of your routine. Do you meditate as soon as you wake up? Then meditate will be listed before exercise. Keep adding each task until you have a routine that you can actually do each day. Here’s an example:

  1. Wake up with a smile.
  2. Drink water.
  3. Meditate
  4. Exercise – M, W, F Gym, T, Th Walk
  5. Journal

Now to start following your routine.

If you have a long list of tasks (I have 15 items on my morning routine), it will be overwhelming to do everything all at once and keep it up. Start with the first one or two things. Do them each day for a week or two. When you are easily waking up and accomplishing these tasks, add the next one. Eventually, these little tasks become positive habits and over time produce positive results.

Creating a morning routine is a helpful way to ensure that your day is off to a good start. And many good days, make a good month. And many good months, make a great year!!

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