Begin Each Day with Positive Thoughts
Start the day by reading or listening to an inspirational story or even a single thought. Some desk calendars have a positive “thought of the day” which are very helpful.
Complement Work Goals with Life Goals
Almost always, work is tied to something personal in an employee’s life. It may be compensation or benefits, or it could be just personal satisfaction. Work success affects life success and the reverse is also very true.
Most employees have a commute of some kind to work each day. Instead of using that time to accomplish work-related tasks, use that time to prepare for the workday ahead. Likewise, use the commute home to decompress so work does not interfere with personal time once you arrive.
A smile can be contagious. If there is genuine happiness behind the smile, that is great. If not, force a smile and spread some happiness anyway. Spreading happiness contributes to being happy.
Keep a positive attitude around others. Similar to a smile, a positive attitude will spread and affect the entire group.
Everyone has too much to do, so it is important to prioritize. Twenty percent (20%) of all activity contributes to 80% of results. So, hit that 20% hard to maximize productivity and ensure a successful day.
There is always someone around with a negative attitude who wants to get everyone else feeling negative as well. Misery loves company! Do not let them ruin a positive day or take away from significant accomplishments. Avoid them and focus on the tasks at hand.
Avoid Long Workdays
Extra hours do not always equate to additional productivity. Chances are, most of the productivity will happen early in the day during the completion of those 20% of higher priority tasks. Adding more hours will not increase overall productivity.
Take Time to Relax
After work, take time to enjoy a relaxing activity and use that time to re-charge for the next day. Put the previous workday aside and leave it for tomorrow. This is part of the overall work-life balance.
End The Day With a Grateful Thought
Before turning in for a night’s rest, give some thought to events of the day for which to be grateful. In other words, any day “could have been worse.” Be grateful it was not worse, and attribute that to a positive attitude. Your grateful thought could be either professional or personal.
People like being appreciated. Simple efforts of recognition, particularly when made public to their managers and/or co-workers, encourage a supportive and productive working relationship.
Happy Thanksgiving from CAI and remember sometimes, the simplest gestures are the ones that mean the most.