You’re always rushing out the door, spilling your morning coffee all over your banged up shoes.
You pull out of your driveway and your neighbor is in your way. Again. Traffic is going to be an issue today. It’s more congested than it has been in a long time, it seems. But it’s that “friggin’ idiot” in front of you, who is part to blame.
“That lane ended 2KM ago, you ****** moron!” He can’t hear you, but it had to be said, you tell yourself, with assured confidence.
You walk into your meeting and you tell anyone who will listen, “…traffic. Am I right!?”
But it wasn’t the traffic. You don’t have a clear head space, and that’s why your week lacks focus. That’s why you’re always late in life, with banged up shoes and spilt coffee. Sometimes, your car needs recalibration, and you’re no different.
Here’s how to get back on track.
- Get some rest. Perhaps you’re falling asleep with the tv on and by time you actually head to bed, for a good night of sleep, you’re not giving yourself enough time to feel refreshed and recharged. Ask your doctor for a referral for a sleep test, avoid caffeine before bed, and try to limit your screen time (put away your phone too!) beforehand.
- Take a vacation. For some, it’s a staycation, comprised of sleeping in, reading books, good food and perhaps some movies or some binge watching. Others may prefer a trip with some sun and sand. Wherever it is that you decide to spend your next vacation, a few days away from the everyday may be exactly what’s needed to cure your mental ails. Just remember: a vacation isn’t a vacation if you spend the entirety of it on your phone or laptop. That’s just working remotely, and you can do that regardless.
- Work remotely. Maybe you can work from home, take mini-vacations whenever and truly enjoy a redesigned lifestyle? In the 4-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss details how you could dramatically shift your lifestyle into one of automation, delegation, outsourcing, and balance. Perhaps you’ll find some answers there?
- Exercise. No better way to take care of your headspace than to provide an outlet for your pent up aggression. You’re not going to be fighting anyone in traffic, after all, and you could probably do without yelling at people who can’t hear you.
- Eat well. Do you actually like what you’re eating most nights? How about your lunches? Are they even good? Or is it purely about convenience? Utilize a meal prep service (your gym should be able to refer you to one, or you could simply search for one on Yelp), or take the time to plan your meals.
- Read. You can always check out an audiobook or podcast for inspiration and motivation, but sometimes reading can be relaxing. This will also provide you with the focus and commitment to your goals, rather than listening to them while multitasking your way through your scattered life. *I’ve provided a list of some books that you should check out, at the bottom of this article.
- Organize your space and your time. If you have a clear workspace and your week is clearly outlined, then there’s a greater probability that you’ll be less scattered, less stressed and less likely to forget things. You’ll be able to prioritize and delegate, if need be.
Now, about those inspirational books.. here are a few that you should read, which will help you both personally, and professionally, as you move toward a better you.
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell
The Execution Factor: The One Skill That Drives Success by Kim Perell
You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop
Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
Make Your Bed: Little Things
That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson M.D.
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify
Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
See You at the Top: 25th Anniversary Edition by Zig Ziglar
The Lean Start-Up by Eric Ries
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
By @MarkPavelich CEO The Mark Consulting & Marketing