One of my coworkers has the habit of clearing off her desk at the end of every workday. She files loose papers, sets her to-do list for the next day and tidies up her workspace. She swears by this regimen, saying a clean desk allows her to start the next day with a clean slate. Maybe the same philosophy can be applied to one’s attitude.
In his post, “5 Ways to End Every Day with a Positive Attitude,” author Rhett Power references the work of University of Minnesota professor Theresa Glomb, who says that good things happen three to five times more frequently at work than bad things, but that bad things have 10 times the impact of good things. This lopsided math can leave workers feeling negative at the end of the workday, and that feeling can carry over to the next day.
Power contends that spending a few minutes at the end of the day reinstalling a positive attitude can shift the equation back and help get tomorrow started on a positive note. Ready to try it? Read Power’s five tips for getting your positive attitude back in this issue of Promotional Consultant Today.
1. Find something in your day to be grateful for. Since the impact of bad things drown out the good during the workday, write down at the top of your planner some of the good things that happened. If you’ve solved a problem, received a compliment or finished a project, reflect on those as you close out your day.
2. Take a break from social media. Although it’s fun to keep up with friends on social media, it also can be a source of stress, contention and discontent. Touch base briefly, but let it go without dwelling on what you read.
3. Find time for exercise. Even if it’s just a walk around the block, exercise can lift your mood. Power notes that any exercise will be of benefit but if you can get out in the fresh air, it’s best.
4. Read something inspirational. Although what you select is a personal choice, reading something that reminds you of how fortunate you are or inspires you to do your best work before you go to sleep can recharge you for tomorrow.
5. Keep a balanced perspective. To remain positive, balance matters. Powers says that there is never enough time to get everything finished so you’ll likely carry over to-do items to the next day. It’s the same in your personal life. He says, “Strive for balance between your work and your personal life. Remember how important each is to you. You need both!”
Source: Rhett Power is co-founder of the toy company Wild Creations and author of the new book, The Entrepreneur’s Book of Actions, about daily exercises for becoming wealthier, smarter and more successful.