You finished a long day at work and begin your commute towards home and in between thoughts go through your mind about the day. What do you think about? Do you think about what you didn’t accomplish for that day or do you think about the things that accomplished?
Every professional has tasks and duties that must be performed on a daily work day basis and believe it or not, things actually get done through the course of a day. Even if you are working towards a project to completion, things are progressing towards being done. If you find yourself constantly thinking about what you didn’t accomplish for the day, you missed out on the celebration of what you have accomplished.
The negative thoughts that could cause stress, anxiety and worry is not a good way to end your day and it could carry forward to the next and create an ongoing cycle of dissatisfaction and burnout. How about innovating the way you think at the end of your day, during your commute home?
If you have set specific daily goals for yourself and plan out your day with efficiency, then whatever you have done for the day has already passed and all the worry in the world will not change anything other than create more stress for yourself. If you constantly run over things that you have to do during your drive home, then maybe it is time for you to change the way to set reminders or tasks for yourself and come up with a system that will give you a checklist of things to accomplish. What I do is use my smart phone to add tasks as soon as it comes up. This way, I know that I have my commitments in order and a quick look at my to-do list will give me the necessary information I need to know what I need to accomplish. This will save you a lot of headaches and not run the risk of not fulfilling commitments you give to people. If you do not have a working calendar that schedules your appointments, and you try to get by just by memory alone, then you run the risk of missing important meetings and deadlines.
Schedule important things that you need to do as well as the unimportant things that needs to get done. Find new ways to be productive and not wasting time thinking about what needs to be done over and over again.
Celebrate each day. Give yourself some recognition for what went well, enjoy the feeling of accomplishing good work and rethink of the things that went well throughout the day. Success breeds more success and by giving it the respect it deserves you can improve upon the past successes you have already done. Dwelling on the negative parts of the day, will do nothing but give you wrinkles and a bad attitude. Try thinking positive and remember the good work you put in, try it with a smile and drive home feeling accomplished versus worried or stressed. You will begin to feel energized for the next day and begin recognizing that you do produce good work. Celebrate it.