When I know I have a busy work day coming, organizing the night before is key. One of the first things I do to prepare is: (a) write out my to-do list putting only the urgent project deadlines in it; (b) keep each project in a separate folder so I can easily reach for it when it’s time to work on it; and (c) prioritize each project so that I hit the more important deadlines first.
But there’s also intangible things to do to prepare and I’m sharing some of mine today:
- Take a nice soak. Pampering myself helps me remain in a good mood and calm.
- Read a good book. In my case, I like to sit back in my lounge chair and catch up on bloggers that I follow and read their posts.
- Eat a good dinner. I like to eat a good meal, not overpowering but enough to be full.
- Get a good night’s rest. That means going to bed a little earlier. This way I have all the energy I need in case overtime hours will be needed. Plus, I’ll need all my brain power operating on full thrusters. My day job consists a lot of problem-solving, updating web content, and communications.
- Keep a good mindset. I don’t like to look at an upcoming busy day as something to dread. Instead I look at it as an opportunity to learn more and to be productive at the end of the day.
- Schedule something fun to do in the end. This helps me to have something to look forward to when my work day is over. Maybe there’s a movie I want to watch while crocheting or catching a sunset with hubby.
- Listen to praise music. I love singing to church worship songs. I have a YouTube playlist that I listen to which always lifts my spirits because my mind is on praising and worshiping Jesus.
Busy days will happen and preparing for them isn’t difficult when you do a little organizing and taking time to mentally reset.