10 Key Elements of a Productive Workday

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Key Elements of a Productive Workday

No matter what type of work you do, It can sometimes be difficult to sort through all the “small stuff” that naturally rolls across your desk while staying focused on the larger goals you want to reach.

We all hope to be mindful of choices when setting up a work routine that will enable us to be happy and productive.

As a small business owner, I have learned through experience to make sure I include 10 key elements when planning my work day.

As you set your daily schedule and map out your calendar of dreams, be prepared to meet all your daily challenges by putting these 10 keywords into practice:

1. Focus

Start out your day with quiet time. Take just 5 to 10 minutes after you wake up, to relax and listen to your inner self. Before you jump into the tasks of the coming day, remember to begin quietly and stay in tune with your inner consciousness. Some people try meditation or yoga, while others just need to relax and be quiet. This is your way to begin a stress-free day in tune with yourself.

2. Organize

Make time to organize.  Plan out your time schedule in a way that is realistic and ambitious. Divide your time into larger segments to keep you focused on the big picture, then divide up larger tasks with smaller goals. Keep in mind, your schedule should include flexibility for the unexpected things. Focus on ways to stay organized, and reduce the clutter on your desk. A clean and well-organized workspace can help you stay motivated and inspired.

3. Work

This describes the part of your day where you do what you love and expect to complete the tasks you start. Early in the day, think about what you really want to accomplish with your day. Dive in and do what you do best.  Have no fear, as you take on both expected and unexpected events. Your work should bring you satisfaction more than anything else. Love what you do and remember to take time to make mental notes of your own efforts and accomplishments. Pat yourself on the back for the things you do well.

4. Enjoy

Make time every day for small moments of enjoyment.  Find the joy in small things. Reward yourself in tiny ways when you reach a small goal. Take a breath from your hard work to unwind, even for a few minutes. Carry with a positive attitude. Life’s for living and living means enjoying life. See the value in having some fun throughout your day as you work.

5. Act

Be bold. Drive yourself forward toward your goals. Be the powerful leader that you are and the confident person that you have become. Lead. Inspire. Act on your instincts. And most of all trust yourself to do the things that come naturally. Know your talents and apply your talents in the best way you know how. Make your dreams happen. Walk the talk. Don’t hold back.

6. Connect

Connect to others. Be aware of everyone around you and build relationships in the way that only you can.  Make the connections that you need to make everything you want to accomplish happen. Build your personal as well as online and connections into a network of people who support you, believe in you, and are ready to help you do all the things you want to do. Use your knowledge as the power to connect and stay connected.

7. Exercise

Take time to exercise. This doesn’t have to include hard core workouts, just regular exercise. Never skip a day. Take breaks and stretch, go for short walks. Climb stairs whenever you can. Do what you need to do and what you enjoy doing, such as running, bike riding, doing sit ups or dancing. Daily exercise is one of the most crucial ways to stay healthy, and to improve your energy as well as brain power. Getting physical is just part of the larger picture of taking care of yourself that needs to happen.

8. Nourish

Even when you are busy, remember to eat healthy. Don’t cut corners, when it comes to your own health.  In general you will feel better if you Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and stay away from soda, too much caffeine and foods high in sugar. Stick to a healthy diet and avoid overeating. Eat small amounts more often, rather than 3 large meals. Eating healthy foods that are high in protein, will make you feel better and have more energy.

9. Dream

Make time each day for the important act of dreaming. Try to stop concentrating on everything else that is racing through your thoughts. Quiet your thoughts and visualize in your mind your loftiest goals coming true. Allow yourself to imagine for a moment the satisfaction of reaching your goals. Dream often and dream big!  Don’t hold back on imagining your greatest aspirations!  Take time to sit back and dream of what you want.

10. Relax

Finding time to relax is majorly important to your brain and physical well being. There are many ways to relax, so you will need to find one that works for you. You could relax with your favorite music, turn the lights down low, take a hot bath or sauna, lay on the floor with a towel covering your eyes. Let yourself slow down and enjoy the feeling of releasing any built up stress that can damage your health. Make sure you get enough rest. If you have trouble sleeping, you may need to explore sleep enhancing alternatives. Try meditating, doing yoga, getting a massage, or whatever you need to do. Relaxing even for a few minutes periodically during the day, will help reduce your stress and keep your energy flowing in a positive direction.

When you include each of these 10 steps in your daily routine, you can potentially have a happier and healthier day which will prepare you for new adventures that will lead you closer to realizing all your dreams.

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About Karen Bresnahan

Hello, I’m Karen. I’m a journalist, photographer, and artist from Boise, Idaho. I own idahonaturals.com. I love exploring nature, taking photographs, and writing stories about real people who do amazing things. I am passionate about being creative, happy and healthy. I enjoy writing about health and fitness, motivation and many other topics. I am a risk-taker, adventurer and traveler. I have high aspirations about living my dreams and I believe anything is possible. You can write to me at idahokaren1111@gmail.com or @idaho1111, and see more of my writing at Google plus.

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