Instead of rushing to end your day, take a moment to reflect on the day! It will help you increase your productivity and it will make you feel better as well.
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The key to this is to not over-think the process. The day is done and what has happened can not be changed, so the best that we can hope for is to learn from it and set it free.
This process should not take more than 10-15 minutes
1- Ask yourself what went well today
Think of 2-3 things that were a positive from your day. It is very important to celebrate the wins form the day.
2- Look for situations where you could do better going forward
I am sure that at the end of the workday, we all could look back and remember moments in our day where we could have done better. The goal is to take ownership of it and learn from it.
3- What will be the first task you complete tomorrow?
We know that your workday is chaotic, the best way to seize the day and start it off on your terms is to know the first task that you have to do when you start the next day. There is a great feeling, in knowing that you were in charge at the start of your day. Now after that.. only time will tell.
4- What do I need to let go of?
After you have taken inventory of the day, analyzed what was great and what could use some work, we need to reflect on the things that we can let go of. Freeing up that space in your mind is essential to your personal well-being.
5- Express Gratitude
Practicing gratitude helps us to view life through a more positive lens, prioritizing optimistic thoughts over pessimistic ones and focusing on solutions rather than problems.
After you have looked back on your day and completed these 5 things, then allow yourself to relax and look forward to the rest of your day. Allow yourself to be present, with family, friends, or just yourself.
Take care of yourself and that will allow you to be happier and more productive tomorrow.