7 Easy Ways to Energise and Refocus at Work - in 30 Minutes or Less!

childMH900202015Sometimes we need to refocus and re-energise ourselves - and our businesses. And you'd be surprised how small these changes can be - and still make a big difference. In fact small changes can be really good for us, because they're different enough to give us a little excitement - and yet completely safe!

So, what will you do to create a shift, re-energise and refocus? Here are 7 easy ways to help you:

  1. Refocus and Set Goals for the Last Quarter: Take 30 minutes to think about what would you LOVE to get done by the end of this year. Answer the 5 questions below to help you:
    1. What am I tired of - and need to shift?
    2. What would make a HUGE difference to me?
    3. What ONE thing would I be disappointed or regret I did not get done by the end of the year?
    4. What are my absolute Top 3 Business Priorities for the rest of the year?
    5. What can I do THIS week to move closer to my goals?

    You can also use our Annual Goal-Setting Worksheet or run through the questions in our FREE: 21 Questions to Extraordinary Goal-Setting. To go deeper use Nail That Goal!

  2. Change ONE Self-Sabotaging Habit: Take a few moments to consider where you sabotage yourself on a daily basis. For example, when I check email first thing I usually find it's 10.30am or 11am before I blink and I haven't even looked at my "To Do" list. So, one positive habit I am developing is NOT to check email first thing, to set an alarm and check email at 11.30am, just before lunch. Where do YOU sabotage yourself? What will you say "No" to? What could you do differently?
  3. Shift Your Senses: What could you change in your office, routine, your appearance/what you wear/your hair, what you eat, drink - in fact any part of your day to change things up? Consider each of your 5 senses and make sure that each sense has something new going on; 1) Sight, 2) Hearing, 3) Smell, 4) Taste and 5) Touch!
  4. Renew the Daily Routine: Consider your daily routine and shift things around a little (or a lot). Try a new tea, brand of coffee, get yourself a new 'special' mug to drink out of. Buy a new zesty soap. Shower at a different time of day. Add meditation or exercise to your day. Go for a run first thing. In short, do things differently! To help you, answer these 3 questions:
    1. What can I STOP doing?
    2. What can I CHANGE up, or change the order of WHEN I do it?
    3. What NEW routine or ritual can I START?

    You may also find our Coaching Exercise, Daily Success Habits helpful!

  5. Refresh and Energise Your Workspace: Give your worklife a boost by finding and putting up some NEW inspirational images or quotes around your desk (check out https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/quotes). Also, take a moment to see if everything you use regularly is easily accessible and within reach. Get yourself some flowers for your office. Mix things up a little, move things around to make your life easier and send a signal to your brain that things are different around here!
  6. Get Your Desk Organized: Take 30 minutes to make sure your office and desk is clear of clutter, filing done. Take down any outdated cards, articles, dead plants. Sort through those piles, dust and clean your desk. Organize your books, throw out pens that don't work. And hey presto - you feel refreshed - and ready for action!
  7. Take a Deep Breath at the Start of Your Day: Did you know you can energise yourself simply through breathing? Try breathing into your belly for a count of 6, holding for 2, then breathing out for 4. Repeat this for as little as 2 minutes. Because you are breathing in more and breathing out less, you are oxygenating your blood - and energising yourself!

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Emma-Louise Elsey has been coaching since 2003 and is the Founder of The Coaching Tools Company and Fierce Kindness.com. She's passionate about coaching and personal development. Originally a project and relationship manager for Fortune 500 companies she combined her love of coaching, creativity and systems to create over 100 brandable coaching tools, forms and exercises including 30+ completely free coaching tools. She now serves coaches and the coaching world through her exclusive newsletter for coaches, Coaches Helping Coaches Facebook Group and many other great tools, resources and ideas for your coaching toolbox. The Coaching Tools Company is an official ICF Business Solutions Partner.

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