Do you ever feel like time is speeding up and it’s near impossible to stay focused and productive throughout your day? What about distractions...are you easily pulled off track with menial and time sucking social media and other similar distractions?
Consciously creating the life of our dreams requires that we create a solid foundation to launch our days from. Thinking productively, making decisions and taking action from a focused, centred, and purposeful place is easy when you have that solid foundation or what I called my DMO: Daily Method Of Operation. Also known as a ritual, practice or daily routine but as an entrepreneur I like to call it my DMO.
When our days are not productive, it’s usually because we don’t have good habits and behaviours in place or we spend our time doing unimportant tasks that don’t get us anywhere. Until we develop a good DMO we need to create a routine and follow it religiously until it becomes second nature. (<<-- that="" right="" there="" btw="" is="" the="" key="" to="" upgrading="" any="" area="" of="" your="" life="" p="">
To change your DMO, you first have to understand how your current one is failing you and what needs to change. When you let go of the old routine you can create space for a new one that connects you to your current purpose, upgrades your behaviour and brings you into alignment with your true goals.
Keep in mind that everyone's DMO will be radically different and you don't need to conform to what works for me, what works for your friends with similar goals, or what works for anyone else. Through trial and error you'll discover what works for you, and you'll be on your way to a happy, fulfilling and productive day.
When I'm low on energy, low in motivation, have a poor attitude or feeling overwhelmed, it's usually because my DMO is out of sorts. This is where my "Big Five" or "No Matter What" actions come into place. These are the actions I must take every day in order to create a day that is enjoyable, creative, and productive. When I'm feeling less than stellar, you can probably bet that I've been skipping one of these five essential steps.
My “Big Five” or “No Matter What” Actions:
Some of my other DMO steps are:
Create content. If that's just not in the cards or I'm not inspired, I brainstorm other income-generating projects and work on those. Websites like Pinterest are excellent for finding inspiration, but make sure you're focused enough to keep from getting sucked in to the Internet all day!
Read or watch something inspiring. Like a great TED talk. This will kick start your motivation and get your brain stimulated. Grab a coffee and head to a local bookstore. Browse the shelves looking for words, letters, and colors that stand out and speak to you.
Visualization. Take a walk, find inspiration in nature, snap some photos to spark a creative urge. Head to a local farmer's market, greenhouse, or park and discover how the sights, smells, and sounds affect your sense.
Positive self-talk and affirmations. A dose of self-love always helps me refocus and regain my perspective. For every negative thought you have about yourself, your work, or anything else, force yourself to think of 5 positive thoughts.
Journaling and self-reflection. Document your thoughts, your days, and goals in a private journal. Let go of your desire for perfection and let your mind flow. You'll be surprised where it takes you!
Think of your DMO as planting seeds in the soil and nurturing them every day. Building discipline around your daily routine is great for creativity because you begin to do it consciously instead of cramming it in when you have time, which doesn't produce high quality work.
As soon as I began to master my DMO, I felt my days flowing smoother, my work getting done faster and physically, I felt lighter, healthier, and happier. Who couldn't use more of that?
So get going on creating your own DMO and watch how productive your days and weeks become. Notice how you feel, how you flow, how things fall into place, and how life becomes, well, almost effortless.
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Lyndelle Palmer Clarke is the founder of Dailygreatness, the author of the Dailygreatness Journals inspiring you to be your own guru and Rocking Fit a 12-week holistic training program designed especially for women.