We are keeping it short and sweet over on the podcast this week in celebration of the holiday season and rounding out another year, so I want to be sure to do the same here today so that we all can enjoy as much time as possible with those we love.
Episode 154 of Productivity Paradox, I am encouraging you to say no to the holiday hustle and carve out some more time for yourself, your family, and your friends instead (and let’s be honest, maybe just a bit of extra time for you on top of that).
So with that in mind, I want to explore a few simple ways that you can begin your week at work at the office or at home as the CEO of your household with joy; whether we are in the thick of the holiday season, we are looking forward to a new year laid out before us, or it’s just another day in March.
I want you to have as many tools as possible at your disposal that will help you find and maintain the joy we are always chatting about here and in the #JOMObook.
Let’s dive in!
I don’t know about you, but I love carving out some time for myself. And that’s true whether I can devote an entire hour to doing something that I love, or I only have time for a few ten or fifteen-minute breaks during the workday.
Any little bit of time I get to spend on myself, the happier I am – at work and at home!
So one thing I recommend when we’re talking about starting our week off with joy is to spend some time – however much you can each day – doing something that you love, something that’s just for you.
Maybe this means you’re making your favorite lunch to bring along with you to the office (I know that this can be a challenge if we’re already strapped for time in the mornings), or maybe this means you’re squeezing in a workout or going to your favorite yoga class before heading to work.
Do what feels right and is most enjoyable to you!
I am a true believer in the idea that a mantra can set the tone for the entire day.
Choose something that vibes well with you and the way that you want to feel as you’re navigating another Monday to or from work during rush hour traffic, and you’re sitting down to face the various tasks you have waiting for you to complete.
The better, more relaxing the mantra, the easier it will be for you to cultivate some joy that will help set the tone for your workweek.
I am also a firm believer in the power of positivity. So this one is another joy-infusing tip that I assign a lot of importance to when it comes to my days at the studio or on the road.
What are some positive things you could say aloud – whether it’s to your reflection in the mirror, or into the general space of whatever room you happen to be in – that will help you feel prepared to take on the day?
How might you give yourself the space you need to relax and settle into your morning routine as you’re gearing up for another day at work or tackling responsibilities at home?
A little positivity goes a long way. Trust me!
Another great way to begin your week (or every day, let’s say!) with joy is to pay all of the joy and happiness you’ve built up forward.
What might you do to help someone in need? What’s a random act of kindness you could bestow upon a stranger?
Could you pay for the next person in line’s order at the coffee shop? Send your friend or a family member a warm note of gratitude?
Think about it!
How do you like to infuse joy in your days? Share your favorite rituals and habits that help you begin your workweek on the right foot in the comments . . .
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