With the kids going back to school, summer vacation in the rear view mirror and the dust settling from the hustle and bustle of the summer season, work is slowly creeping into the forefront of the to do list. It is time to refocus daily priorities. Getting into the work zone is easier said than done, whether you are a mompreneur, entrepreneur or work in corporate America, it is hard to get back into that rhythm.
Honor your alarm clock
If you are anything like I used to be, it was so easy to hit the snooze button, 1, 2 and even 3 times; but think about it…do you actually fall back asleep for the 10 minutes? Ok, I did!! Every single day!! Now I am incredibly productive in that 10, 20, 30 minutes that I used to sleep in. So, when the alarms starts ringing, GET UP! Grab a quick workout. Do a load of laundry. Spend quiet time planning your day, meditating, praying, whatever will set your mindset for the day. Honoring the alarm clock also means going to bed at a reasonable hour, not easy, especially after the late summer nights. However, this is an important part to getting back into your routine, sleep is a necessity for a clear mind and productive day. Speaking of routines…
Get Back into a Routine
Today is a great day to get back into your routine or start a new one. I decided this school year I would workout before getting my kids up and off to school, not only am I not pushing snooze, I am getting up an hour earlier! This gets me back to work two hours earlier than in past years. Do you have a new routine you want to implement? Here are few examples that I have implemented and a few others. Take time on Sunday night to plan out the week. Be more succinct on calls to reduce them from 1 hour to 30 minutes. Learn how Instagram works for your business and put it into action. Set up true working hours and stick to them. Workout everyday for 30 minutes. Have a family dinner night. Write it down, get an accountability partner, put it on the calendar, set reminders, post sticky notes, whatever works for you, and you will be well on your way to creating and following your routine. Next up, repeat, repeat, repeat. Repetition is the key to success when creating and/or getting back into routine. It takes at least 20 days to break old habits and the same amount of time to set new habits in motion. Keep going!
Create a productive workspace
When getting back to work after the summer you might find that your desk may have acquired additional piles that you put off while you were soaking up the sun. Take a some time to organize your space maybe even rearrange your space so that it is fresh and new to you. Bring reminders of the amazing memories you made over the summer and incorporate them into your workspace to keep you motivated.
Reflect. Write. Go.
The start of any new school year leaves people thinking about goals and finishing the year strong. So prior to heading back to work (or just after) set some personal and professional goals. Write them down, tape them in your office space and at home where you will see them every day. Seeing these goals daily will keep you focused on accomplishing them while checking items off the to-do list.
Time to get to work!!
Have a great day!