Imagine that what I’m saying is the truth, and it’s what I actually do, it’s not, but imagine that it is. Then, when you’re finished reading, answer the following question;
What’s the best way to start work in the morning?
Most days are awesome
No matter how bad the weather is, no matter what happens with my kids in the morning (they can be fairly grumpy) or what happens while walking to work (I walk 35 minutes; sometimes it’s raining, sometimes it’s snowing), the four things I do the first 30 minutes at work is what makes most days at work awesome.
Some days are bad
I remember a few days ago. I opened the door to my office, and I could smell that something was wrong. The person cleaning the offices had done it again, she had accidentally touched the button on my fridge, probably with her broom (yes, I have a small fridge in my office). The cheese smelled really bad. The fridge had been without electricity for the whole weekend. Ouch!
As I was looking at the cheese I noticed that the cables to my computers was in a mess. They were all over the floor, behind the fridge. She had accidentally removed them from the computer.
I’m not complaining, but it was a day when everything seemed to go wrong. I was soaking wet too, it was raining, and I didn’t wear a rain jacket.
The system of 4
Times like this, my system works great. But don’t get me wrong, I use the system every single day, no matter what. Routine, that’s what keeps me going in the morning.
I always start my day at work with four simple steps, and in this specific order:
- Focus on energy
- Discover everything
- Close my eyes
Focus on energy
As soon as I get inside the office, I focus on a way to get more energy. If I’m cold, I will drink tea (I don’t drink coffee, but it will probably have the same effect). If I feel hungry, I’ll eat food. If I’m just thirsty, I’ll drink water, and if I don’t want anything, I’ll eat some fruit. I always start my days with a focus on energy.
The next thing I do is to clean, tidy up, and try to organize everything in the office, especially my papers. I do my best to find what’s important, and discover what I need in order to do my job. I want my desk to be neat, so I unclutter it.
Close my eyes
When my office is just the way I want it, I sit down in my chair, and I close my eyes. I dream, I’m living a fantasy and I’m far away, at my favorite spot in the whole world together with the people I love, and doing what I love to do. It’s an awesome feeling.
My eyes are still closed. I listen to the surroundings, then after a few minutes I open my eyes only to find one of my favorite songs (I’m using Spotify). This is a song that will help me get into the right mood, the right mood for working. A song that will give me another burst of much needed energy:
Risin’ up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive
So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive
It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the cream of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watchin’ us all in the eye of the tiger
When the song is finished, only then will I start working on my to-do list. I always start with the top priority, the most important task. I do it while I’m still singing “it’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the cream of the fight, risin’ up to the challenge of our rival.”
The system of 4 could be my daily routine, but it’s not… I don’t have a daily routine, I just work.
What about you?