We’ve all had days when everything seems to go wrong; your boss is in a foul mood, your computer crashes, and a two-hour traffic jam on your way home. You dismiss such days as products of the modern lifestyle. However, did you know that you have more control over your day?
Making a few adjustments to how you behave and think can make sure that your good days easily outnumber your bad. For the purposes of this piece, a good day is one where you focus most on the things that help in improving your life. If you are keen on having many such days, here are four key tips you can start using today.
Plan Your Day
When you’re looking to upgrade your car, you’ve probably noticed that every automobile on the street is the precise model you desire. This is because the brain can only process a portion of what’s going on around you. Also known as selective attention, this phenomenon manifests itself whenever you notice things that are already important in your mind.
By being more deliberate about your intentions for your day, you can take advantage of this phenomenon. For instance, if you have a meeting with a difficult co-employee, focusing on how they will be a jerk will quickly confirm your fears. Instead, focus on the positive cues – no matter how few they are – and you will likely enjoy a productive meeting.
To set up your intention-focused routine day, concentrate on what matters to achieve success, acknowledge concerns that are likely in your mind, and ask yourself what you want to have achieved at the end of the day. Using this strategy every day will help ensure that you notice the positive cues that lead to your expected outcomes and not those that don’t.
No matter how successful you are at setting your daily intentions, there’s no way of avoiding some of life’s unexpected challenges and frustrations – stuff happens! Using this simple method of distancing yourself from issues allows you to gain more perspective. Another distancing tactic is asking yourself how you’ll feel about a situation a few days or months later – especially if you’re feeling frustrated.
Another distancing method is pretending that you are advising a close friend. Many people find it easier to help their friends than solving their own issues. Therefore, the next time you are dealing with a sticky situation, ask yourself how you would have advised a friend going through the same.
Research shows that people make better decisions when their brains are well rested, which explains why you feel better after engaging professionals such as a coach for sleep. In addition, you are more productive when you take small breaks during your day.
In fact, taking a short nap, going for a short walk, or simply standing and stretching every 90 minutes should suffice. These small breaks allow your brain to rest, and your brain – as well as co-workers – will be thankful.
Focus on a Single Task at a Time
Did you know that multitasking tends to make you less productive? Instead of replying to email the entire day, you can check the electronic mailbox a maximum of two times a day. This will help you focus on the most critical work at hand without constant interruption.
At the start of your day, notice just three things that are going well, like your hot cup of coffee, someone holding the door for you, and the train arriving on time. At the end of your day, think about three good things that occurred and tell your partner about them.
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