Each day that we spend in our business enviroment is an opportunity to bring forth creativity and inspiration or to react to things happening around us. Most days, it’s a see-saw back and forth between focus and reaction.
Oftentimes, our thought patterns are generated by fear. Fear causes obsessive or compulsive behavior. Using the tools below can help you feel energized and focused. The little things you do each day with intention add up to increased enjoyment of each day.
1- Remove superfluous files on your screen saver. When you open your computer and see a screen full of files and folders you’ll subconsciously feel overwhelm and chaos.
2- Every night when you leave your office take five minutes and straighten the items on your desk. If you make this a nightly ritual, each morning you’ll feel more energy than you will if you come back to a cluttered desk.
3- Set your work schedule in one-hour increments. Make a commitment to work for an hour and don’t succumb to interruptions during this time.
4- Create a designated time in your day to answer phone calls, check emails, and do social networking.
5- Schedule your week in advance as much as possible. On your day planner, commit to certain activities each day. You don’t have to schedule eight hours each day, but do schedule priorities.
6- Take time in the morning to connect to Spirit, Presence, Love, God, or whatever you choose to call it. When you are still and present, guidance or little messages can pop into your awareness. Inspiration is found through this connection.
7- During the day, every time you feel anxious or obsessive about completing a project stop and connect to Presence. A good way to do this is by pausing at your desk or moving to a quiet area and simply becoming aware of your breathing. Stopping for as little as a minute can bring you focus.
8- Schedule a break in your day to connect with nature, take the dogs for a walk, eat lunch, go to a yoga class, etc.
9- If you work from a home office make it a rule that no one disturbs you when the door is closed. Create a schedule to balance work sessions with family needs.
10- Give yourself a boost of energy by dusting and organizing your desk. Take a couple minutes and dust your computer keyboard, monitor, and anything around your space that needs it.
11- Set realistic goals each week. Make it a habit to sit quietly, ask for inspiration and write down your goals for the week. Err on the side of fewer rather than too many.
And…one parting thought….don’t take things too seriously and have fun!