How does your day usually go?
Is it something like this?
Go to work.
Work about an 8 hour day.
Spend a few minutes with the family.
Go to bed.
What’s wrong with this?
Maybe nothing, but this might not be cutting it for you.
It could be that your family has become the last priority and you are now just realizing it. Or maybe it’s the rushed pace of life. Or the repetition of everything. If this sounds familiar, instead of making a drastic change to try and fix your problems, try a few things first to see if a quick fix could work for you.
Here are five ways to improve the typical day that may just work for you:
1. Wake up earlier.
This puts the right priorities in the right spot… first. You can put quiet time and family time right where it should be. It makes for a great beginning to your day and prepares you mentally for the daily grind.
2. Do something different.
One of the lead causes for burnout is repetition. Change it up every once and a while. It doesn’t even have to be something extravagant.
If you work from home, make your environment different on some days. Make a goal to learn three new things that day. Create relationships with people at work that you may not usually conversate with.
It’s those kinds of things that add up to a different experience for the day.
3. Stop giving your family the leftovers.
This step is huge. For your family to believe in what you are trying to do, they need to get the best of you, not the exhausted you. Whether you are out pursuing your dreams or working a ten hour a day job that just pays the bills, your family needs to know how you are doing and they need to know that you care. Use your “first” time to communicate this.
4. Find what excites you.
You may have to spend some time thinking about this one, but in the end it will bring you a lot of fulfillment. You can adopt this step in whatever you do. It will make a difference in your life as well as the lives of those around you. Just try it.
5. And most of all, choose a great attitude.
Remember, you choose this and it will dramatically alter your outlook on things.