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How to Be, Work and Live At Your Best: Week One

“At My Best When” PDF Download

Good news: It doesn’t take a lot to have a more productive day!

There aren’t 4 secrets, 10 things to do, or 7 habits you have to learn. Before you get your inbox to zero or block an hour on your calendar, write at least 5 answers to this question:

“When am I at my best?”

Now, you may be tempted to answer that question with a time of the day. You may be a “morning” person. Or, maybe you kick in to gear when sun goes down. That’s not what I’m talking about. Focus on the conditions within your control that are necessary for you to be, work and live at your best.

Most people think that their productive day starts when the alarm clock first wakes them up. Did you know that your productive day tomorrow actually begins…right now? If you’re not having a productive day, review your list of projects and see if there’s a single task you can complete in the next 30 minutes that will help get you back on track. Maybe you can make a phone call, or review a document.

Or, perhaps there’s something you can do physically to get your head back in the game. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to get your blood moving. Eat a healthy snack. Find someone to thank for a job well done. (Gratitude is a great way to feel “at your best.”)

Of course, you might be tempted to use some of those “old” time management techniques you learned so long ago. Maybe you want to make a to-do list, or re-prioritize your priorities for the day.

I’m going to take a 21st century approach. Because you have SO many distractions, SO many things you can do, SO many priorities to manage, it’s important you know the conditions it will take for you to be at your best and take the actions necessary to set yourself up to succeed. Before you write a list of things to do, let me ask you to write a list of ways to be…

Make your “At My Best When…” list.

I’ve shared some of mine below. Feel free to add them to your list.

I’m at my best when I:
… eat a balanced breakfast.
… say thank you to someone who helped me this week.
… ask for help before I get frustrated or stressed out.
… exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
… review my calendar before I check email.

Watch the first lesson in the At My Best When series, and print the PDF from the top of this article. I promise that within a couple of weeks you’ll be less stressed, and more productive.

Oh, and tell us when YOU are at your best in the comment section below. Each month, I’ll pick one commenter to receive a free, signed copy of my book, Your Best Just Got Better: Work Better, Think Smarter, Make More.

Author: Jason Womack

Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA, provides practical methods to maximize tools, space, and processes to achieve a quality work/life relationship. He is the cofounder of www.GetMomentum.comand executive coach for leaders around the world who want to work smarter, think bigger, and achieve more.

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