1.) Adopt a proactive instead of reactive mindset
Start your day in a proactive manner, with a proactive mindset. Focus on controlling your time and not falling into the trap of a reactive mindset.
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Franklin R. Covey
This illustrates the attitude of the proactive person. You may not be able to chose the stimuli around you, however you can chose what you will and wont respond to, and when you will do it.
Many successful entrepreneurs begin their days with an introspective quiet time. Journaling, planning out their day, meditating or exercising, these are proactive choices.
These same entrepreneurs also often have a no phone policy during this time. Text messages, emails, and communications from people can cause you to start your day in the reactive mindset. You are responding to outside stimuli and are often on the defensive, rather than starting your morning in a proactive manner and laying the groundwork for the rest of the day to follow.
Actionable item: Develop a proactive morning routine that sets your day up for success. Empower yourself to not respond to others communications or outside stimuli until you complete your morning routine. You are in control of your day, not others.
2.) Wake up earlier
Now that you have adopted a proactive mindset, you are in control. Begin waking up earlier in the morning ( if you don’t do this already ).
According to research cited in the Harvard Business Review, “people whose performance peaks in the morning are better positioned for career success, because they’re more proactive than people who are at their best in the evening.”
If you are not naturally a morning person, then chances are you are more reactive than you would like to admit.
Actionable item: Begin by waking up 15 minutes earlier then normal and dedicating that time to your proactive morning routine. Then each week wake up another 15 minutes earlier.
If you are worried about losing sleep, go to sleep 15 minutes earlier. If you are making excuses for why you cant go to sleep 15 minutes sooner then you are just proving that your still a reactive person. Got ya!
3.) Write out your goals/ plans and give them a deadline!
Actually writing down your personal goals will make them more real. Don’t tell anyone about your written goals though. Studies show that talking about those goals can stimulate the brain in a manner similar to achieving them.
The problem there is that the positive energy you gain from talking about your goals does not translate to you actually working towards achieving these goals. You are more likely to work toward goals that you haven’t telegraphed than on those you have.
In order to make your goals real and achievable, you need to make a plan on how you’re going to accomplish them. Further, you need to create deadlines that force you to provide results by a specific date. This is key in accomplishing your goals.
Without a deadline the mind will naturally lower the importance of the steps to achieving your goal. Without a finite time restriction the mind thinks it has infinite time with which to operate.
And even mundane tasks that are not time-sensitive need a deadline. This is in keeping with a proactive and productive mindset.
Actionable item: Write out your goals and tasks that need to be accomplished. Break larger goals or tasks into smaller actionable steps that can be checked off. As you check off items you will increase your sense of accomplishment and feel energized to keep working through the list.
4.) Do something nice for someone every morning
Think about the reasons that you are driven for success. There are likely many, but one of the key similarities that is shared between most highly successful entrepreneurs is their strong desire to give back, to help others.
While this sense of altruism is noble, it has a profound physical and mental benefits than van boost your productivity.
A growing body of research demonstrates that giving and doing nice things for others can:
- lower blood
- increase self-esteem
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- lower stress levels
- extend lifespan
- increase overall happiness and sense of well being
Giving and doing for others, then, is a powerful productivity hack.
Actionable Item: Make giving a part of your proactive day by doing something nice for someone every morning. Why every morning? You want to harness the reduced stress, sense of well being, and mental boost that performing an act of kindness provides early in your day so that that positive energy carries through to your other tasks.
Not sure where to start? Buy coffee fro the person in the starbuck drive through behind you. Tell someone you work with that you appreciate the job that they do. It only needs to be a small act, done daily.
5.) Take Konnect daily
Konnect has been formulated to directly increase the neurotransmitters that are responsible for greater mental focus, positive mood, creativity, and enhanced cognition. Simply put, Konnect It is proactivity in a bottle.
Actionable item: No matter how you start your day, begin each morning by making Konnect the start of your morning routine.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life
Stop reacting to the events in your life. Take control of your day, adopt a proactive mindset, and make today the first step in the journey to accomplishing your goals.