One simple thing to boost your happiness, productivity and confidence
Have you heard the saying, “When you want something done, ask a busy person”? My hunch is - you get stuff DONE.
You’re not messing around - especially when deadlines are looming and your schedule is tighter than normal. You probably work through lunch and skip all breaks. Maybe you even dismiss that quiet, inner voice that says, “Take a break. You deserve it. Everything will be ok.”
This past fall/winter I hit my limit. Building a business, website, course, and thought leadership virtually by myself had taken its toll. Not to mention, my spirit was saddened with the realization that our society still has work to do to ensure women’s equality.
I found myself longing for a break from stress, overwhelm and the critical voice in my head that didn’t want me to slow down. My mind, body and spirit knew I needed a break - so I gave in.
And I’ve been better for it ever since!
One simple tip to boost your confidence, productivity and happiness
I’ve been using this simple, dare I say, life-changing, tooldaily to boost my confidence, productivity and happiness.
WARNING: It may sound super simple, but don’t let its simplicity prevent you from trying it. Sometimes the simplest things in life bring the greatest joy.
Set an alarm(s) to inspire positive action during the work day
By allowing yourself to take a break - even on your busiest of days - helps you connect with your body, emotion well-being and spirit. Otherwise, I've found it's too easy to get caught up in a habit of feeling stress or anxiety - without even knowing it.
Tips to make the most of this tool:
Create a silent alarm on your smartphone. I prefer to make the alarm silent so it pops up like a text message and doesn't disturb a meeting, conversation or others around me.
Change the title of your alarm to include one-three inspiring words. Examples include:
"Give thanks, Celebrate a win, Visualize your future"
"Be bold, Send love, Create change"
"Stretch, Breathe, Smile"
"Great things are happening!"
This is key:Pause and acknowledge the alarm. Even one-two minutes can be enough to bring relief and re-connect to the moment and yourself. If you've chosen a word to inspire action, allow yourself to do the action right then and there.
Set the alarm to go off everyday or very often. Even though I do this everyday, I'm still surprised when the alarm pops up. I'm often too focused on tasks to also think about doing micro-actions to give myself a boost, so this helps.
One small act of mindfulness, gratitude or re-connection to yourself can be so transformative!
I've discovered my brain has become more agile, because my words call for me to think creatively every single day. Plus, finding evidence for the positive creates new neural pathways that help us form a more positive mindset.
According to Shawn Achor, Harvard educated, happiness researcher - “Happiness raises nearly every business and educational outcome: raising sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%, as well as a myriad of health and quality-of-life improvements.”
If one minor tweak to your day could help you be more happy, productive and confident, would you try it?
Post a comment below and share how you plan to use this tool. I’d love to know which words you use when creating your alarm(s).
Let's connect and begin a conversation. My passion is equipping leaders with strategies to accelerate success, develop high performing teams and build cultures where employees are inspired to work their best. - Jennifer Spaulding, Leadership & Executive Coach