Saturday, August 18, 2012

10 Tips for a Fabulous Workday

Tips for a Fabulous Workday:  Thursday I found an article for tips to have a Fabulous Workday, and I loved it so much that we've been talking about it today.  These are some great ways to keep your work week more positive, but these would be great for any day or even for students.  If you would like to read the full article, check it out {Here}

1. Start with 15 minutes of positive input:
It's easier to achieve and maintain a positive attitude if you already have a "library" of positive thoughts in your head.  This will give you a lot of great inspiration to draw upon throughout your day.  Start each day by reading your Bible, an inspirational book, or an positive thought.  Also listen to encouraging music as you get ready for your day and on your commute.

2. Tie your work to your life's goals:
Always remember that there's a deeper reason why you go to work and why you chose your current role. Maybe it's to support your family, to change the world in some way, to help your customers, to make a difference: Whatever the deeper motivation, remind yourself that today is an opportunity to accomplish part of that deeper and more important goal.

3. Use your commute wisely:
Most people waste their commute time.  In fact, your commute time is the perfect time to get yourself pumped up for the day, and there's no better way to do this than to listen to music that truly inspires you and gets you in the right mood.

4. Put a smile on your face:
I've mentioned this one before, but it really works.  Even if you're not completely feeling it, stick a smile on your face anyway.  It doesn't matter if it feels fake or silly.  Research has shown that even the most forced of smiles genuinely reduces stress and makes you happier.

5. Express a positive mood:
When most people are asked questions like "How are you?" or "What's up?"- they typically say something neutral like "I'm OK" or maybe even something negative, like "Hangin' in there."  Instead we should say something positive and enthusiastic, like: "Fantastic!" or "I'm having a wonderful day!" This will help program your brain for positivity.

6. Do the important things first:
If you will go ahead and do the important things on your list first, you'll get more done, get better results, and reduce some of the stress you feel by putting those things off until later.

7. Avoid negative people.
You may not be able to avoid all negative people, but you can try to find something else to do when they start complaining.  Surrounding yourself with negativity will only bring down your own mood; so start surrounding yourself with positivity and watch your week improve.

8. Don't work long hours.
Working long hours, after a short burst of productivity, actually make you less productive.

9. Wind down and relax.
Once you're done with the workday, fill the remainder of your hours with nonwork-related activities that bring you joy and help you relax.

10. End your day with 15 minutes of gratitude.
Exercising your "gratitude" is the best way to make certain that you experience more success. Before you go to sleep, record everything that happened during the day about which you are grateful.
You'll sleep better and be ready for tomorrow--which will probably be even more fabulous than today.

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