Take care of your health. Schedule that physical exam you’ve been putting off and make sure you get exercise and take care of any personal issues that are troubling you.
Keep positive. Hold the big picture in your sights. What’s gloomy for one can be a gold mine for another.
Project a consistent polished professional image, in order to send the message to the world that the quality of your product and/or service.
Keep abreast of trends in your industry by joining professional associations, attending conferences, and reading newsletters and magazines. Take classes and attend training to learn from others in your field.
Make a point of sharing your knowledge with young professionals as well as high-level executives. Both will remember you for your time and consideration.
Free up time for the things you really want to do by simplifying your life. Let go of activities that don’t contribute to your goals.
Be a more efficient time manager by using the rule of two. Focus on the two most important tasks in your day, and you’ll become more productive.
Write two to-do lists. The first should contain everything that you need to get done soon. It should be a comprehensive list of short-, medium-, and long-term projects and work, and you should constantly adjust it. The second to-do list should be what you can reasonably expect to get done today, and today only.
Take a few moments to assess the day’s emotional challenges. Almost as important as your to-do list is a “be prepared for” list. Inventory the tough phone calls, boring meetings, challenging customers, frustrating red tape, infuriating rush-hour drives, droning detail work, and other challenges you may face.
Embrace the number one truth about stress: Only you create it. Take some deep breaths. Make a list of everything that needs to get done. It will help you to organize your day.