Friday, February 07, 2014

6 Things You Can Do Before Breakfast to Make Your Day a Success

By Gurbaksh Chahal (Chairman & CEO at RadiumOne)
Good morning!
I mean it. Have a good start to your day and you’ll greatly enhance your chances of having a successful day, every day. The discipline of an early bird will manifest itself in many ways, or as Benjamin Franklin put it way back in the 1700’s, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
The saying is just as true today as it was then and many of the most accomplished people on the planet have been shown to be early risers. But it’s not just a matter of getting up early that counts; what really counts is what you do with that extra time while the world at large is still slumbering. (Note: getting up early shouldn’t come at the expense of getting enough sleep).
Knowing how to leverage your time before breakfast will undoubtedly have a positive and productive outcome. So, here are six habits that those successful early risers employ.
Make a Fresh Start. This is actually something you should do way before breakfast—in fact, it’s best to do it the night before. Remove the clutter of yesterday both mentally and physically. Clean up your ‘to do’ list. Erase from the list the tasks you have accomplished and start a new list for the new day. Take a look at your desk before you leave the office (even if your office is at home). If papers and files are scattered haphazardly all over it, is that what you want to greet you at the start the day? Not a welcoming sight and not one likely to make you feel enthusiastic about any project. So clean that up, too.
Get Physical. Working out first thing in the morning will give you a burst of energy that lasts for hours. It’s a habit you should try hard to acquire and you can choose what works for you—a brisk walk or jog; hitting the gym; whatever. People who exercise regularly experience a positive boost in mood and are generally better off when dealing with tough decisions life throws at you. That’s because when you exercise your body releases “feel good” chemicals called endorphins that lead to a positive and energizing outlook on life. A byproduct of regular physical activity is improved self-esteem.
Take Time to Think. This might be the only quiet time of the day, your only chance to be alone and able to seriously reflect on everything that’s happening in your life. It’s your opportunity before the hurly-burly of the “work day” to let your mind wander and do some big picture thinking. You’ll be surprised how establishing quiet time like this to review where your business or career is heading can spark all kinds of breakthroughs.
Focus on Today. Plan your day ahead. Visualize the success you are going to enjoy. But first shake off any hangover from the day before. Don’t carry forward any stresses or aggravations. Wipe the slate clean and make a new beginning. If you need to take corrective action of any kind make sure that you do so with the right attitude for a new day. That might mean making a tough decision, setting the record straight with someone or maybe apologizing to someone. Whatever it is, get it out of the way.
Wake up Slowly. During sleep your brain is extraordinarily active filtering and processing the events of the day before. But when you’re waking fresh in the morning and still half asleep your mind—in this relaxed state—can often deliver creative solutions. Try it and see. With a little practice who knows what you will come up with? Sometimes, our dreams are where we store our best ideas.
Earlier is better. Whatever your current schedule try to get up even earlier. Even if it’s just 15 minutes. And spend that time wisely. Put into effect any of the tips provided above. If you can make it 30 minutes earlier, so much the better. You can’t buy time but you can give yourself a gift of time. Time is precious, so make the most of it. Waking up, jumping in and out of the shower, grabbing a coffee and rushing out the door sets the wrong tone for the day.
Energy is everything. Start with positivity, and that will set the stage for the rest of your day – no matter what problems are thrown at you.
If you want to conquer this world, do it only when you’re at your best.

Thoughts before coffee

What would it be like if all our fingers were opposable thumbs?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Graduating PGCE Cum Laude!

And the results are in! I'm graduating PGCE cum laude, with 8 distinctions!
Woohoo!!

Now to secure funding for the B.Ed (Hons) in Language Education for 2014...

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

O.M.W. You guys!

It's October already! Where the heck did the last two weeks go? I feel as if I've been done in somehow... "Wronged" would be too strong a word, really. Except when we're talking about the mosquitos that moved in a couple of hours ago!
Where did that come from?
(Is it in my contract? I want to see my contract.)

*scratch-scratch-scr... Nnnnnooooooooooooo!*

Bah.

                    (Did I take my meds?)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Let's revisit that last heading...

... aaaaand Murphy's Law strikes again.

My iMac crashed. Again. After being fixed by an authorized (read: expensive) Apple technician.

So I took it to the shop. Again. Trying not to screech like a wounded banshee.

They better not charge me (again).

Up and running again

After sleeping off most of yesterday, I got off to a good start today. Not only did I update my iPhone to iOS7, I actually made it outside! At this very moment, I'm sitting in a coffee shop (drinking a cup of coffee for the free wifi) with Andreas and Bernadette – working on my Portfolio! I know, right?

I've decided that my brief episode of narcolepsy was just my body relaxing after two months of stress. I didn't exactly realize just how much stress I was under until now. That's something I will have to prepare myself for, and get used to in the near future. Teaching isn't for sissies. At all.

Before we get to that though, I'm still hoping to do my B.Ed. (Hons) in Language Education next year. I've applied for the HB & MJ Thom Bursary, and am working on other applications for scholarships for next year. My application for the actual program has been acknowledged and is currently being processed. Acceptance into the program is 98% in the bag, so everything depends on wether or not I get funding. Without enough of it, there is no way I will be able to study further. (Yes, I have considered part time studies and full time work – but high school teaching just does not allow for postgraduate studies.)

Now it's back to reflections for the portfolio.
Catch you later!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Back in Stellenbosch

What a trip it's been!

Driving back into Stellenbosch this morning felt a bit weird. Something akin to Schrodinger's cat – not quite new yet not quite familiar either. It was a bit of déjà vu thrown in reverse and tripped over. Decidedly odd.

I'm glad to be back in Stellies – and ecstatic to be back in my little room with its firm mattress on a solid bed-base. It's good to have some semblance of broadband again, and it is fantastic to be able to work on my iMac again!!

But I will admit to missing my roommates, most of the kids, and the staff. Also the food! Despite anything the scale might say.

It is a little unsettling to have a bit of free time, actually. Perhaps the packed teacher's lifestyle has overwritten some of my prior schema?

Whatever the case may be, I'd better get my act together if I want to get my average up above 75!