What’s your productivity trigger?

I found mine standing around the grave of a young member of our family, watching dragonflies and remembering their 30-day life span. A new focus emerged for me in doing business, one that defines success by my clients’ success. My to-do list is better now—more focused with less time required for completion.

The next question to answer as you increase sales and achieve greater productivity so you leave the office earlier to do what you love with those you love is this:

How do I act on my productivity trigger in my first hour of work?

For most of us, from the minute you walk in the building to when you crawl out at the end of the day, there is noise. Some of this noise is just part and parcel of running a business. It leaves few moments of quiet to sort out important mental matters which determine your attitude. A positive mental attitude accelerates your productivity so you do more in an hour than most business professionals do in a month.

Starting your day quietly—your first hour—is the key to choosing a positive perception of your business. This means leaving the TV remote alone. 24/7 news is in business to monetize negativity. “If it bleeds, it leads” is their mantra. First-hour exposure negatively frames your mindset and stunts your sales, darkly coloring everything you see that day.

Instead, choose to Work Positive and act in your first hour in these two ways:

First, read or listen to something positive. Pick a book that refreshes you. Listen to a podcast or watch a video that inspires you. Fill your mind with positive jet fuel. Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day for your body, think of this as jump starting your mental metabolism for how you view every person and activity that day.

Second, walk through your plans for the day and mentally experience positive results. Listen to a meaningful sales conversation in your mind that’s scheduled that day. See the contract signed. List the talking points for an important meeting and hear yourself engaging and wowing the group.

Your major focus at this time is to silence the noise of doing business daily and give yourself the physical and mental space to perceive the positive at work which propels you to grow sales and increase your productivity so you can leave the office earlier to go home and be with your family and friends.

Spend at least 10 minutes, preferably an hour, doing this Work Positive activity to manage your to-do list more productively. Enjoy the extra time and money with your family and friends as you Work Positive!