Would you be surprised to find out I start each day with a couple of G&Ts?? I always feel better when I do.

Haha, not that type!

G&T, for me, stands for Gratitude, Goals, & Targets and Timeline. It’s a habit I picked up from The Best Self Journal as well as other self-development books and practitioners. And it really does make all the difference.

We can’t predict how our business day will go, once it’s started, but we can ensure it gets off on the right foot.

Start Each Day with an Attitude of Gratitude

Studies have shown that beginning your day with gratitude can rewire your brain to have a more positive outlook.

It’s simply a way for us to appreciate the good things in life by counting our blessings, appreciating the simple pleasures, and everything else we have.

Through daily practice of gratitude, you will begin to see and think differently, especially during moments when you feel stuck in a rut. Regardless of where you are in your life, your focus can be shifted toward the positive. When we shift our focus from the negative to the positive, it helps us to see the situation more clearly so that we stop worrying, and we open our minds to new solutions. Gratitude can be broken down into three steps: We recognize what we’re grateful for, we acknowledge it to be true, and then we take a moment to appreciate it.

~ Best Self Journal

Examples of an “attitude of Gratitude” include:

  • I am grateful for understanding clients
  • I am thankful for the ability to work flexibly
  • I appreciate my work life balance
  • I am grateful for my husband’s/mother’s/daughters etc support

Write it down in your journal or your daily planner.

Start Each Day with Goal Setting

By writing down your goals every day, you signal to your subconscious mind that your thoughts, actions, and decisions should be aligned with and directed toward reaching these goals.

You can write down your lifetime goals, or just the daily, weekly or monthly goals that you wish to achieve. This will ensure that they are always on your mind and will be your driving force throughout the day

Set your Target(s) for the Day

It is crucial that we spend our time and energy on the right things that willl help us achieve our goals, because time is a limited resource. Let’s not waste it.

What are you most important tasks (MITs)?

Whilst it may seem easier to do the easiest tasks first, and get the satisfaction of crossing it off our list, don’t take the path of least resistance!

Success does not come from doing the mindless minutiae!

Prioritised work beats busy work every time. The most important tasks that will move us forward are usually not the easiest, which is why we tend to procrastinate on completing them.

Research has demonstrated that willpower is a finite resource which weakens throughout the day

If you start your day with easy tasks, then once it comes time to complete the most important (and usually more
difficult) of tasks, you will be much less likely to complete them, as your willpower has worn out and tiredness is setting in.

The term “eat that frog” (which is also the title of a great book on productivity by Brian Tracy), says that doing the most important and difficult task on your plate first thing in the morning makes the rest of the day seem like a walk in the park in comparison.

When prioritising your daily targets, there are three simple questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Which task will make me feel the most accomplished?
  2. What’s the value in getting this done,
  3. What’s the risk if I don’t get this done?

By prioritising your tasks and working on the hardest one first, you are much more likely to complete it, feel accomplished and empowered to carry on, building momentum for the day.

Plan your Timeline for the Day

Following on from above, the best way to create a kick-ass working day is to PLAN it!

Have a plan for your time, write it down, and don’t leave any time without a plan or it will be, most likely, squandered.

The more white space there is on your daily timeline, the more you are likely to go astray and not reach your full potential for the day.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you should be working every hour of the day.But that you should be prioritising your day and making time for important tasks.

Want to walk the dogs or watch your child’s school play? Plan it into your day. If you don’t, it won’t get done.

Even if you just want to scroll on Facebook, block some time out for that so that there’s no time for procrastination.

It’s not about working without a break all day. It’s about being intentional with your time and where you spend it.

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