As one week rolls into another, months can slip by for home workers, who are often too busy to stop and take a breather. Running a solo-business can mean having to move from one problem or project straight to the next. Before you realise it, you’ve become Wonder Woman or Superman, with no time to stop and no idea how you feel about your progress or the impact you are making with your small business!
Now I know you will enjoy what I’m about to tell you: I am giving you permission to procrastinate on your actions once a week from now on, at the time that you would normally start your working week. No rushing to tick off the items on your to-do list for once. Yes you read that right! You’d never normally hear me say that it’s OK to allow yourself time to not do anything.
So enjoy, give yourself this little gift of non-action and please make the most of it!
As you start your day or week, begin by considering what it is that you are grateful for — the things that happened or the people you appreciate most at this very moment in time. Think also about the things you have been able to achieve!
Watch out… being appreciative and grateful can put a totally different spin on your day or your week. Some people try to think like this every day of the week, as sooner or later you will find something extraordinary happening: you will feel more positive and more open to what the day will bring.
This is an exercise I carry out every Monday morning and I find that I am more focused and productive, and less worried about the amount of tasks on my to-do list that week.
You can do this little exercise with your eyes closed as you are waking up, or wait until you get to your desk before you sit and contemplate. Once you have calmly thought about all the good things in your work/life that you feel grateful for, you can even go on Twitter and share your news with all the other people who are doing exactly the same.
My colleague @DoreenGowing and I (@utewking) started the #GratitudeMonday movement on Twitter with its own #hashtag on Monday 8 April 2013 at 9am.
It has already led to a small devoted following of people all over the world who have found that this weekly act of gratitude brings new meaning to their Monday mornings!
Go on, have a go… what are you grateful for today?
Ute Wieczorek-King is an experienced trainer, mentor and business coach who specialises in helping busy women to be more visible, focused, effective and profitable in business. Ute also runs Success Network and the Inner Circle Mentoring Groups: