April 29, 2012 3 Comments
Think about the activity of defining what you want or need to accomplish that day as creating a finish line for the day. Many people continue to “work” after the workday is over — to check email, answer calls, stress about problems at the office — when really what they should be doing resting, relaxing, and giving their full attention to their family and loved ones.
By doing a Daily Review each day and deciding exactly what you intend to accomplish that day, you are creating a “finishing line” at the end of the workday. Once you cross that imaginary line in the sand, you can put the day behind you and start shifting your attitude, heart, and thoughts towards the next part of your day — whether that’s exercise, recreation, or family time. Practicing the Daily Review allows you to clarify your thoughts, collect yourself, refresh, refuel, and renew yourself by having a feeling of accomplishment.
Since I have started this practice, I am far less grumpy when I arrive home. I feel more in control, and am more clear about what I have accomplished. Most importantly, it enables me to “switch off” from work when I’m at home and engage fully with the people I love most. Crossing your finish line each day is something that not only leaves you feeling satisfied and fulfilled, but motivates you to finish well.