I enjoy when the weather person says, with a straight face, that there is a 90% chance of rain as the water splashes on the windows. I know that nothing is absolute, but it would be a safe bet to go all in on the precipitation prediction AS it is raining. I also find myself moving a little slower, a bit grumpier when it is all rain clouds, something about the sun is inspiring and motivating. And we all have these kinds of days, onces that you are just in a funk, you just can’t get yourself moving no matter how inspiring your mission is. The good news is, everyone has uninspiring days and when you find ways to stay on track it will separate you from all the others. But how is the question - what things can we do to leverage the days we don’t want to do anything in order to get an advantage when others take days off?
First and most important is to have that checklist handy, if you have been following the blog then you know and have a list of daily activities, our calendar ticks, that need to be accomplished each day. Every other day we start with the toughest objective first and get the day underway by taking down the elephant; but not today because it is an uninspired day, so today we start with the easiest on the list. Start with making that flyer, or answering 5 emails, or cleaning up the meeting notes, which means we are getting ourselves moving forward.
Now that we have ourselves moving in the right direction, you may need to give yourself more frequent breaks, but be sure to put a timer on those breaks. For example, a five minute timer to stop and goof around on YouTube, then back to the checklist taking on the next easiest task. Even a timed afternoon nap can help recharge, supported by the American Psychological Association, when held to ten minutes or less, then back to the checklist. Again, all we need to focus on is moving forward - little by little.
Final one we will review today is coming up with a reward system on days that we need to self-inspire. If we get through checklist items 1-4 by noon then we get some of those Girl Scout Cookies that have been eyeing you up; on a diet, no worries we can allow ourselves to finish and watch that movie we have wanted to check out. The reward system is meant to help inspire you to get the checklist done in a timely fashion, to inspire some form of productivity on an otherwise lazy day.
Self inspiration is a mental game, we covered just three different strategies to try and get your mind in the right place - there WILL be days you do not want to move forward, so we need to find ways to get that left foot in front of the other. Remember that the checklist is the key, as it will help ensure that you track your progress. Once you know that you have to get the checklist done, then it is a matter of tricking your brain into motivation, it may not be your best work, it may need some review the next day, but seperate yourself from everyone else that takes uninspiring days off. Good luck this week and move forward!