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5 Ways To Enjoy Your Day To The Fullest Even If It Is A Monday!

5 Ways To Enjoy Your Day To The Fullest Even If It Is A Monday!

Having a great day is a matter of choice and not a matter of circumstances. What? You say. Well, let me explain. Every day has the potential to be enjoyed to the fullest even if it is a Monday. It’s gray out, and all you want to do is stay home and hide under your covers. How do you make this day great?

What is the secret for this? Well, like a good recipe, you need the right ingredients to make a great day. Just like you need all the right ingredients in all the right amounts to make an amazing cake, right? Well, that’s exactly what you need in order to construct your perfect day too. Using a bit of structure to build your day so you are sure you are not put down by the gray sky, or get carried away by the “everydayness” of another Monday, can be just what you need.

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So what is this magic list of ingredients you need in order to enjoy your day to the fullest even if it is a Monday. Well, let’s see:

1. A dash of something that deeply excites you

No matter how busy your day is you can definitely find – or let me put it this way – you SHOULD definitely find some time to do something that makes you grin. Plan your next holidays during your lunch break (yes, imaginary ones count too). Take the evening off to work as a volunteer and walk the doggies at your local shelter. Meditate for half an hour after work and let the events of the day go away, then put your favourite song on and dance your feet off. Doing something that really pleases you every day, no matter how small, keeps your soul happy and satisfied.

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2. A big scoop of something that scares or challenges you

Fear is one of the most limiting things in this life. Not even working 24/7 is as limiting as fear. When you are scared you can lose perspective. The good news is the more often you face your fears, the more immune to it you become. Of course, challenging your fears does not mean you have to bungee jumping or skydiving (except if you really, really want to). There is great challenge even behind small things. So go to a concert alone or even for holidays. Try that crazy pixie haircut or join a sports team.

3. One cup of inspired work

All right, going to work might not be a blast, at least not for the most of us. However, it is true that work can be quite rewarding and make you feel productive and accomplished. Even if you’re in a job that you don’t like all that much right now, if you put it in perspective you can totally change the tone of your day. If you are working to earn money for a certain goal, whether it’s a trip you’ve been dreaming about or saving to buy your first house, consider that purpose your boss and work for that goal. This can make almost any task more enjoyable. So do work a bit every day, even when you do not have to. Do it inspirationally and do it for yourself.

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4. Half a cup of exercise

It’s hard to talk about the benefits of exercise and not fall into clichés. I know you have heard it all before. But it is food for your body and soul. It makes you healthier. It makes you happier by producing endorphins. It makes your brain function better and it can protect against a variety of diseases. You do not need to force yourself to the gym and beat yourself with the weights. Do something you enjoy. Go hiking with your friends, go shopping with your bike or have a dance party (even alone). Exercise moderately, very frequently and super enjoyably!

5. Limitless amounts of conversing with the greatest minds

If you want to expand your brain the best way to do it is by peaking inside the brain of the greatest ones. You are puzzled on how to do that? Through reading of course! Hesse, Orwell, Tolstoy – they all did the work for you. They poured their thoughts and wisdom into pages. Just open the books and start conversing with them. Nothing is more rewarding than a book and there is no better way of broadening your vision than reading. So go ahead and read as much as you can and want. Not into the greatest minds? Well, that’s OK too. Duck out at lunch time with a fun mystery, romance or other escapist novel that can add a little light to your day.

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Once you have mixed all these ingredients in your day do not forget the most important part. To stop, listen and let the mixture cool down. Doing nothing gives you time to listen to yourself and consciously make your choices. So doesn’t this entertaining, stimulating and productive Monday sound more appealing to you? Enjoy!

Featured photo credit: Internet Tea Time by Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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