Some days are diamonds, some days just downright stink. The good news is that you can take the stinky ones and make them better, more productive, happier and, even more tolerable.
You don’t need gobs of cash or even a lot of time to change your day for the better. All you need is the desire and will to put simple strategies into action.
1. Develop an attitude of gratitude
Barbara Koltuska-Haskin, Ph.D., neuropsychologist, and author of “How my Brain Works” suggests that you prevent having a lousy day as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Keep a journal next to the bed and, every morning, record several things, people, situations, etc. for which you are grateful. Can’t think of anything? How about the fact that you woke up? Add to that any of the other conditions of your life that make you better off than others in the world.
Journaling once or twice a week for six weeks leads to happiness and it just so happens that happiness leads to success.
“Happy individuals are predisposed to seek out and undertake new goals in life and this reinforces positive emotions, said Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
“Happy people are more likely to achieve favorable life circumstances,” she concludes.
2. Then, set aside “me” time before you start the day
“It is important to take time for yourself in the morning,” according to Koltuska. If you enjoy exercising, this is the perfect time for it.
“Physical activity may help bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins,” said the staff at mayoclinic.org. It doesn’t take jogging or working out at the gym to achieve a rush of endorphins, either.
“… any aerobic activity, such as a nature hike, can contribute to this same feeling,” they continue.
Plan a morning neighborhood walk before you begin your workday.
3. Make prioritizing a habit
Most real estate agents have more tasks to accomplish than a day has hours. Stop attempting the impossible and prioritize accomplishing the three to five most important tasks to get done each day.
“Setting the right kind of goals not only lifts our performance but also makes us feel good,” according to Caroline Webb, author of “How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life.”
What’s a “right kind of goal?” Something important, that will impact your business or life. Have at least one of these goals on your list and, at the end of the day, achieving that goal (or making a big dent in it) will bring you a sense of accomplishment according to Leo Babauta at zenhabits.net.
The number of goals you set is important as well. “Have a full schedule today? Cut it in half. You don’t need to do everything on that list,” said Babauta.
“If you cut your list down and do only half the things you want to do for today, you’ll have a much better day.”
Here’s hoping that tomorrow is your best day yet!
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