We all know what is going to happen when the morning arrives…You’re going to try and hit the ‘snooze’ button and miss, causing the book to fall off the night table, which will jar the dog, encouraging him to nudge you to let him/her out. The coffee will begin to drip as soon as you push the button…as soon as you find the button through your half-open eyes. Get the paper, feed the dog, grab some coffee…and then the rhythm begins to accelerate and your ‘musts’ will over-take your ‘wants’. You’re in gear and to quote one of the crazy characters from “Madagascar” – you’ve got to move it, move it.”
Whoa…hold up one minute. What would happen if you changed the routine a bit? If you sat down while drinking your coffee, enjoying the silence for a moment. Just.sit.still. Not for the whole morning – let’s not go crazy. Watch the sun rise – it’s a methodical process and involves moving with determination and inevitability, but it is also slow enough to relish.
Before you jump into the frenetic response to emails that relentlessly poured into your inbox – wait a second. Make a short list – what unequivocally has to be done today, which employees are you going to make it a point to see, is there a more efficient way to follow up on incomplete items from last week? Can you pick up the phone and talk instead of beginning an endless email chain? What is one thing you could do this week to reinforce your effectiveness? One thing. If this question was posed to you by your boss, with the additional caveat that you had to come up with a suggestion – what would it be? This is the thought for the morning’s drive to work, or the moment between conference calls or when you walk the stairs from one floor to the other. One thing. Just think of the satisfaction you would derive from adjusting, substituting or introducing one new approach to your day. I’m not even going to ask what could happen if you posed this question to yourself on a more regular basis. You might actually enjoy your day instead of anticipating its end.
So – what are you going to do? Please let me know – and whatever you do – have a magnificent Monday!