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A Tale of Two Mornings

Take Control of Your Day

Each day we wake up with the opportunity to seize the day. Carpe diem! We’ve all heard the term. In fact, you probably got out of bed this morning with the goal of making some great things happen. Perhaps you even made the decision to read this post as part of your day. Good! I hope it helps.

So, let’s take a look at two mornings:

Man in bed checking email on his phoneMorning 1:

John wakes up to the sound of his smart phone alarm. He rolls over, grabs the phone and switches off the alarm. He adjusts himself up in his bed, grabs his glasses off the nightstand, and proceeds to check his email.

BAM! Before he’s even put his feet on the floor, there they are: problems. He’s got an employee texting in sick (the third time this month), an email from an unhappy customer, a last minute meeting request, and an invoice that looks way too high from that ad agency he’s been meaning to talk to. There it is. Before John’s even out of his skivvies, he’s got a morning full of problems to take care of, and that doesn’t even take into account the stack of work he left sitting on his desk last night. “Forget the run this morning,” he mumbles as he heads toward the shower, “This day is going to stink.” By the time John arrives at the office, he’s already steamed.

Contrast that with Morning 2:

Making the right choicesJohn wakes up to the sound of his smart phone alarm. He rolls out of bed and into his sweats, then into the living room for 15 minutes of stretching while focusing on the people and things he is thankful to have in his life. Next he’s out the door with the dog for a quick run around the neighborhood listening to his ipod along the way, setting his pace to his favorite motivational speaker. Back home after his shower, he reads the sports page and reviews his schedule for the day (made the night before) over a light breakfast. He leaves for work with his day mapped out, knowing exactly what two priorities he must complete before his first scheduled check of his email at 10 AM.

Which day do you think works out best for John?

On which day do you think his problems are resolved more easily and with less drama? If you guessed Morning 2, of course you are correct. So what’s the moral to the story?

You have the ability to take control of your day

Playing “Whack a Mole” is unproductive. Your day does not have to control you. You have the ability to be proactive versus reactive. While technology is designed to help, it can also derail your best plans. Make sure that YOU are in charge of the amazing technology available to serve you, not the other way around!

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