“It is not enough to be busy...The question is: what are we busy about?”—Henry David Thoreau
My day starts. I connect with my best self. I connect to people who care about me and my body is awake and filled with nutritious goodies. How do I continue my intentionally purposefully start of the day and make it productive too?
Essentially, we want and perhaps need our days to be productive. The result of productive is accomplishment, a completion of a task, the overcoming of a hurdle, or perhaps in its simplest terms, making it through another day without fumbling all the balls we have bouncing around in the air.
While productivity is a need, tackling it from a perspective that aligns with showcasing your best self is essential. That’s why I first wrote about starting your day with purpose by focusing on gratitude, connectedness, and self-care. These 3 essential elements create the foundation, and clarity, to look at your day productively and work towards results or goals that are in alignment with your best self and your passionate purpose.
So let’s get started with how to make the start of your day productive. (And if you want tips on how to start your day purposefully, read this post.)
1. Look over your long-term goals
Whether it is a 1-year goal or 5-year goal or longer, take a minute to review it. Reread your own words, get back in touch with the joy, anticipation, excitement you had when you first visualized creating these fun challenges.
Often as part of reconnecting with our passions, and ourselves we go through the exercise of goal setting. Creating a focus for the future motivates us to get unstuck of where we currently are. Yet those vision boards or journal entries can move out of our view, or go back into a drawer.
By looking at all of them, or even just one, every day, it keeps our goals front and center while also allowing us to opportunity to expand upon them, alter them, or rewrite them down to their essential, bare-bone necessity. (If you want to get started on goal creation, I wrote this post about how to start crystalizing your big why.)
2. Create at least 1 goal for today (and no more than 2)
Reminding yourself of the long-term goal allows you to focus on breaking it down to the months or weeks, and allows you to think about what you do today, how you do it, and who you connect with will help you get 1 step closer to that goal.
The accomplishment of climbing a mountain is done one step and breath at a time. What will your mountain climbing step for today be?
3. Look over your calendar planner/daily to-do’s
How does the planning, schedule of the day fit with your long-term goals? What priority are you giving to your goals, and is that evident in how your day is planned? Does reminding yourself of your goals give you insight as to how you might tackle a meeting or project today differently, perhaps from a different vantage point or intended outcome?
By starting the productivity segment of your “start the day routine” with looking at the big picture of what you are working towards, your brain will automatically start to filter how the day should look. You will be more apt to think about how to achieve that long-term goal through your actions today.
It’s perfectly okay to look over your scheduled day and make the choice that something doesn’t fit with your goals at this juncture and go ahead and reschedule or cancel it altogether. Work from your strengths and your overall, long-term goals and the daily tasks, events will begin to line up with more opportunities to help get you to your goal.
Read (whether the old-fashioned or new techie version) or listen to (if that is how you learn best) something that provides you with a different perspective. The intent of this learning time is to see something new (or even something you thought you knew) and gain a different vantage point.
Try different topics or genres, even something you may initially think will bore you to tears. Allow your brain to engage with this new knowledge and then give yourself time to reflect and let your brain make connections. How can this new knowledge or new vantage point come in handy during your day, whether in relationship with people or with projects that you are undertaking?
Be a kid again: explore and play with what you’ve learned. Share a new tidbit with someone during the day and initiate a discussion.
(A podcast that shows me how so many things are intricately connected, in interesting and unique ways, is “Hidden Brain” with host Shankar Vedantam. Shankar’s storytelling technique makes his chosen topics even more fascinating!)
Start your day productively!
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”—Stephen Covey
These 4 productivity tools, incorporated into your start of the day routine, will provide the foundation for a fulfilling day. I hope that your days are filled with wonder, purpose, and visions of your best self coming to fruition.
How do incorporate productivity into your “start the day routine” (whether it’s 5AM or 2PM)?
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I love reflecting on purposeful, thought-provoking life experiences and turning them into life purposes. I am a writer dedicated to sharing life-lessons to empower women to attain their best life by turning experiences into passion-driven action.
When I'm not studying life, I'm intentionally living it. I enjoy art (admiring it and creating it), nature, and I'm a beginner sewer in the attempt to sew my own unique clothes.
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