“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford
Accomplishing your goals can be quite a daunting task, especially when it’s quite an endeavor. There are only 24 hours in a day and it’s easy to devote the majority to ticking off your to-do list without considering what’s best for you in the process. Maintaining balance will lead to a more fulfilling life and feelings of accomplishment. The best way to reach this is to section parts of you day off to complete smaller tasks that help contribute to the ease of your day and your self-wellbeing. Here are a few examples of things that I and my co-workers make time for to help them throughout their day.
Creative Thinking – Make Time In Your Day For New Ideas
Creative thinkers are responsible for many innovations in modern history. One good idea is all you need to change the course of your career and will lead to your greatest achievement. Poor thinkers tend to think only in terms of black and white. Extremes of yes versus no, light versus dark, Jedi versus Sith. As a creative thinker, you must always think in terms of grey. Consider what others have not and keep your mind open. This versatile way of thinking will keep you open to new concepts and makes you a more empathetic individual; therefore, making your business more susceptible to your clientele. This can be achieved in many ways. I personally enjoy being visually creative. Whether it’s creating some digital content or drawing up ideas. Whilst I’m designing, my mind will wander into other topical territories and this is when I will have my personal eureka moments. Others may prefer to mind-map or research online. Reading relevant and often controversial publications is another good way to get your mind going. Allow your mind to wander, but remember that not all stargazing is useful. Don’t get too distracted by irrelevant topics.
Happy Stomach, Happy Mind – Prepare Your Lunch The Night Before
We all know how it feels. You finish work and you desire nothing more than to get into your pyjamas and get comfortable on the couch and binge watch some television. It’s your reward for working hard all day. The last thing you want to do is start preparing for tomorrow. Last night, this was exactly how my evening transpired and today my lunch consists of a family size packet of Bourbon biscuits as it’s all I had time to grab on my way out the door. Preparing some sandwiches or a wrap the night before not only leaves you with a satisfied stomach, but it will also get you into a routine of looking after yourself. You can maintain a well-balanced diet and you’re saving some money in the process by removing the temptation to nip out and grab some fast food. It leaves your day a lot more organized, and by default, your mind.
Try Something New – Expand Your Professional Skills Portfolio
The world is so diverse nowadays, it’s important to make sure you stand out from the crowd. There are many talented people out there and you need to prove that you are one of the best. A good way to do this is to stay up to date on topics relevant to your industry. Stay aware on the latest trends and new releases, whether it be what design styles are popular or the latest software or app. This knowledge will put you ahead of the curve and will build up a varied professional portfolio that showcases many skills. For example, if you’re in the graphic design industry, it would be advantageous to become familiar with a varied catalogue of Adobe programs. If you are not as confident on one platform in particular, set yourself a mini project and post your results on your social media and gauge what others think – you’ll often surprise yourself with what you can achieve!
Eat The Frog – Stop Procrastinating!
"Eat a live frog first thing every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain
Like most people, there is probably that one task you’ve been putting off because you simply do not want to do it. It may be scary or overwhelming, or just downright boring! This task is your frog, and according to Mark Twain, the best way to overcome it is to eat it first thing in the morning. If you sort it first thing in the morning, you won’t spend the day thinking or worrying about the frog you have to eat later. You receive a sense of accomplishment by ticking it off your list so early on in the day and set out to finish your other tasks feeling successful. This is not only productive but keeps your mind happy and healthy by building a can-do attitude.
Read – Readreadreadreadreadreadreadread!
Reading is a mentally stimulating and invigorating activity. The more you read the more you’ll build up a knowledge advantage. Books can be a form of escapism that tantalizes the imagination or they can be a valuable tool within your industry. Both are beneficial to you if you want to build something successful. The time we spend reading is entirely within our control, however most people opt for spending as little as possible. What you read is also completely up to you. Pick a genre that excites the mind, something that you cannot wait to find out more about. That way you’ll definitely make time for it. If anything, you can guarantee you’ll go to bed a little wiser than when you got up this morning.