10 Jun

Some believe that most of us get smarter as we get older. But somehow, despite that, we often make the same mistakes. On the flip side — but no less comforting — we often do many things right and then fail to repeat them.
The Focus Challenge has highlighted a simple reason for it: we rarely take the time to pause, breathe and think about what’s working and what’s not. There’s just too much to do and no time to reflect.
The last 5 days of the Focus Challenge has not only helped me streamline my time management but also allowed me to examine my past behavior, figure out what has been working for me, and instead of trying something new and start spinning my plates in a new direction, actually repeat what works, while admitting honestly what didn’t and change it.
I’m convinced that’s how people become life-long learners, constantly improving themselves. It requires confidence, openness, and letting go of defenses.
Best of all it only takes a few minutes. About five actually. I have been “chunking” in a brief pause at the end of the day to consider what worked and what didn’t.
Here’s what I propose:
Every day, before “leaving the office” (even if you work from home) save a few minutes to think about what happened throughout the day.
Look at your daily planner for the day just gone – compare it to how it actually panned out — the meetings you attended, your “to do list” that actually got done, the conversations you had – how much time they took – did they meet your objectives? Think about the people with whom you interacted, were they time or worse, emotional vampires? The breaks you took, were they healthy, effective, long enough?
Then ask yourself three sets of questions:
How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tomorrow?
Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?
These questions is invaluable for maintaining and growing relationships. It takes just a few short minutes to shoot off an email — or three — to share your appreciation for a kindness someone extended, to ask someone a question, or to keep someone in the loop on a project.

The Power of Gratitude is immeasurable!

If we don’t pause to think about it, we are apt to overlook these kinds of communications.
In a world where we depend on others to achieve anything in life, building healthy, respectful relationships is essential.
I have always been a grateful person. My parents instilled within me the importance of manners. After a bad customer service experience as a teenager I thought to myself:

It costs you NOTHING to have manners, but it can cost you the world not to use them.

Benjamin J HarveyAn idea that simply became second nature to me and it wasn’t until I met Benjamin J Harvey and heard him articulate the biological, neurological and quantum physics of gratitude, that I really understood why my grateful attitude had attracted such positivity into my life.
For which I am eternally grateful – Thank you Ben 🙂
Find the time to inject as much gratitude into your day – even if it’s just the 5mins at the end of it!
What lessons have you learnt from re-structuring your day?

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