You boost your energy and transform your time when you focus on the positives in your life. You’ll be amazed at the impact it has, not only on your perspective but also on your energy, efficiency, effectiveness, and your day-to-day productivity.
So, how do you go about accomplishing this?
Well, for one thing, the power of gratitude is something to explore and incorporate into your daily practice, if you haven’t already. Gratitude is:
“… one of the most powerful and transformative time choices that you can make for yourself.
‘I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.’ G.K. Chesterton
“Why is gratitude such a powerful mindset? One of the qualities of gratitude that first springs to mind for me is how it opens us.”
The opposite of constriction, gratitude powerfully opens our hearts and expands our vision. When you feel gratitude you immediately boost your energy and widen your sense of what is possible. One of the gifts I give myself each day, in the morning and the evening, is to sit quietly and write down 3 things that I feel grateful for. It changes everything!
Accomplishment lists are another excellent way to boost your energy. Rather than simply checking off items on your To-Do List, an Accomplishment List is an opportunity to really celebrate what you have done in your day.
I like to create an accomplishment list at the end of each day. It’s interesting how often this list comes as a bit of a surprise to me. I usually get more done than I had realized, and this can be a huge energy (and confidence) boost, especially at the end of a long day.
Here’s one of our weekly Finding Time Tips that enlarges and expands on this idea:
Give yourself credit. Are you more productive than you think? Conduct a realistic inventory to energize and focus your efforts.
Chart out a typical week, listing everything you accomplish. Validate what’s productive and build ‘from the ground up’ as your confidence expands and tasks look less daunting.
To start, I’d suggest that you create your Accomplishment Lists as often as you want to, but at least once a week. (And don’t forget that creating your Accomplishment List is, in itself, an accomplishment!)
Pay attention to how your list makes you feel. My guess is that you’ll enjoy the experience enough to want to do it often.
© Copyright 2014 Paula Eder, Ph.D.