Productive and Intentional

Sometimes I have a hard time focusing in on what needs to be done. I’d rather clean the house than do something on my to-do list, or waste an hour on pinterest than write a report for work.

A friend of my posted this article from Fast Company on a social media site – and the simple steps resonated with me. Deep down I know that many of these things are essential to my productivity, but for whatever reason seeing them all combined together on this list really hit me.

Here are the six simple rituals you can use to perform at your highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:

1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?

2. Define your top 3. Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritizes your day accordingly and don’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3” today?

3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?

4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Whether it’s yoga or a crossfit class, get moving. How will you sweat today?

5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness. In times of stress, you can pause and reflect on 10 things you are grateful for. What are you grateful for today?

6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Ask yourself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” So… what went well today? How can you do more of it?

adapted from 6 Simple Rituals to Reach Your Potential Everyday

The other day I began by implementing two of these items – drinking water and setting up my big 3. I immediately felt a huge difference in my attitude and how I managed my time throughout the day.

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