HOW TO RAISE THE ODDS THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A FANTASTIC DAY
Here's how to begin each new day as if you can't wait to get started.
GET UP EARLY - That sounds like punishment, and bed always feels especially comfortable first thing in the morning, but you should allow yourself plenty of time to get ready-and then some. Rushing to get ready causes stress and sends you out of the door tense and high on adrenaline. Work out how much time you need to get ready without hurrying, then add 30 minutes. You still need your sleep, so go to go to bed a little earlier than you do currently.
ESTABLISH A MORNING RITUAL - The great benefit of rituals is that you can run through them on automatic pilot. So if you're not much of a morning person, you don't have to force your brain into a thinking state quite so early to ensure that, when you leave the house, you're properly dressed and have everything you need to take with you.
ALWAYS EAT BREAKFAST - It's essential to start the day with your blood sugar in a good state. Sit down and eat something; don't grab some sugary, high-cholesterol snack as you run out the door. All that will do is give you a quick blood-sugar high, followed by a crash shortly afterwards. You need a breakfast that will provide a steady delivery of sugars to your blood throughout the morning. That way, you'll avoid the ten o'clock depression - and be much less likely to crave more sugary snacks. A constant see-sawing of blood sugar levels is exhausting in itself and is bound to make you tense and irritable.
GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME FOR YOUR MORNING COMMUTE - Many things can hold you up. If you're running behind and meet a problem - like a traffic jam or an accident - it's going to freak you out and send your adrenaline levels into the stratosphere.
VARY YOUR ROUTE TO WORK - Make it as interesting and varied as possible. Look around you. Enjoy the ride. Be present. What you don't want to do is tune out and spend the time anticipating the problems you're going to find when you get to work. A problem anticipated and worried over is a problem suffered at least twice.
USE RITUALS TO EASE INTO THE WORK ENVIRONMENT - Get a cup of tea or coffee. Greet some friends. Organize your desk. Nothing stressful - just some simple activities to switch your mind easily back into work-day mode. Athletes warm up before an event to avoid needless strains and injuries to cold muscles. You should imitate them.SET THE DAY'S PRIORITIES - Decide what you need to do, write it down, then stick to your game plan, If emergencies push you off track, get back on it as soon as you can. Always do what is most important, not what either seems most urgent or happens to be jumping up and down in front of you. Calm application to genuine priorities is most likely to allow you to end the day feeling satisfied with what you have done.
NEVER START YOUR DAY WITH DISTRACTIONS, LIKE CHECKING EMAIL - It eats up time and leaves you feeling pressured and stressed when you snap out of it and discover most of the morning has been spent on useless trivia.