Wellness Wednesday 4/29
5 ways to a more productive day
Put time on your side — and tackle your day with less stress
If you’re busy, you know this all too well: Stress and time are intertwined.
You get short on time — and before long, you’re swimming in stress.
What’s more, as the pressure you feel goes up, your productivity often goes down. And you know where that leads: to more stress.
Taming the tension
1. See success. Do you feel overwhelmed by all you have to do? Try this: Picture where you want to be by the end of the day. And be as realistic and reasonable as possible. Then, set achievable goals to get you there.
If you are taking on a big project, break it down into smaller, more doable tasks. Then, tackle one at a time. And don’t forget about delegating. What can you hand off?
2. Make a map. Write out a to-do list each day. Try to keep the number of tasks manageable. And put the most important items at the top. Do those first. A list can help you avoid spinning your wheels on trivial matters — and it feels great to check things off! (See “It’s going to be a good day” for a printable daily to-do list.)
3. Brake for breaks. Even a five-minute breather can be a great refresher. Stretch. Take a few deep breaths. And imagine your tension melting away. You’ll come back to your tasks with a clearer head.
4. Change your tune. Are you motivated by music? When you need a lift, listen to your favorite up-tempo songs. Or play more mellow melodies when you’re feeling tense.
5. Take a bow. At the end of your day, take a few minutes to look back — and appreciate what you’ve accomplished. This will give you some nice momentum going into tomorrow.
One more word about your list …
To feel your best, be sure to eat right, be active* and get the rest you need. In fact, add these rewarding steps to your to-do list!
*Talk with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level.
Choosing a morning mantra