iStock/fotostorm Little breaks, even just five minutes, throughout your day can help recharge your brain and even improve your productivity, according to a recent Cornell study. Giving your mind the opportunity to wander and process the events of the day in real time can also help you recalibrate if you’ve been getting off-track.
Don’t pre-worry about being late
iStock/Halfpoint Don’t spend time focusing on the possible consequences of being late. Psychologist Jennifer Guttman, PhD, always tell clients to use the mantra I’m not late until I’m late. “People use so much mindshare getting anxious about the possibility of being late before they’re even late,” she says. “Focus that energy instead on making sure you are completely prepared for when you arrive.” To help avoid being late in the first place, Dr. Guttman suggests setting your alarm in the morning 10 minutes earlier than you think you need to get up—because starting the day off rushed is a sure way to start off the whole day on the wrong foot.” Plus, waking up early is one of the many habits of successful people.
Mentally tell yourself to slow down
iStock/Andy-Nowack This may seem counterintuitive to people who are always in a hurry, but it may help you get more accomplished. “Often, people are rushing around working on tasks and not fully completing any of them. They’re off to the races with the next task before the last one was completed,” Dr. Guttman says. “As the day wears on, they become more hassled, feeling like they really can’t cross anything off the list because nothing is technically fully completed.”