Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How to Have a Fabulous Day


Start the day with your own special routine.
I enjoy being able to relax with my family for awhile before we get moving for the day.  I haven't figured out how to do this on weekdays, but on weekends I get up several hours before I have to be anywhere.  I can straighten up and get organized for the day, cuddle and play with the kids, and eat breakfast.  Everyone starts the day with a better attitude when they're not rushed.

Dress for the occasion AND for your mood.
I have a 9 year old, 5 year old, and a 1 year old.  I have to bend over, squat, and get on my knees a lot.  If I'm planning a day out with the kids, I'm not wearing anything low cut, short, or tight.  My point is that you'll feel more comfortable, confident and easy breezy if your clothes work with you and not against you.  You CAN be comfortable and sexy, trendy, sophisticated all at once.


Don't overschedule yourself.
Be realistic.  Alow time for traffic, people running late, having to stop for gas, etc.  Unfortunately, I'm known for running late and it annoys me that despite my indignation at this label, I consistently perpetuate it.  I'm working on it.  With three kids, you can't plan for some things, but one thing I know I can do better is to allow more time for the unknown.  On work days, sometimes I'll block my calendar so I can have time to prepare for meetings or just simply regroup.  I'm at my best when I have breathers throughout my day.

Go with the flow.
Be prepared for your plans to change.  Keep your energy positive.  Don't get bent out of shape when things don't go exactly according to plan.  Unexpected changes don't have to mean that the day is ruined.  It's OK to have plans, but when you can't be flexible, you set yourself up to be disappointed.  Life is unpredictable, so we should flow with it and not against it. 

Freshen up.
Drink water and eat small snacks throughout the day.  If you sit at a desk all day, try to take a walk or go to the gym.  A couple of my friends tease me for having so many makeup bags in my purse.  I keep one for makeup and one for toiletries like body spray, toothpaste, etc.  I feel so refreshed when I can freshen up after lunch.  I work 8 - 10 hours a day, so freshening up half way through the day gives me a boost of energy and confidence to take on the rest of my day.  On weekends or when I'm with my kids, I plan for a lot of bathroom and snack breaks.


Listen to your "happy" soundtrack.
If you're a music person (how can you not be?!), keep some positive, energizing tunes playing as much as possible throughout the day - at your desk, in your car, at the gym, etc. 

Be Present.
Pay mindful attention to each situation or task you encounter.  We are more likely to make mistakes when we are distracted or preoccupied.   When you feel yourself getting frazzled, stop, breathe, count to ten.  Slow down.  It's bettter to be in the right mindset than to drive yourself crazy trying to think about and do too many things at once.  Plus, you'll miss out on the small miracles and special moments when you're not focusing.   God is in the details.

What other tips can you share that you help ensure a fabulous day?!  Please share in the comments.

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Laila said...

All great tips. My number one thing is my soundtrack! I have my iPod and speakers in my office and it helps me move through my day. Another great thing for me is to just have quiet time. My days can be hectic so every now and then it's nice to just be still!

GG said...

me too girl! I know that I don't have some downtime to listen to music or read or something, I'll get cranky and off centered. But definitely, music is my favorite mood enhancer ;)

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