Is there a rhythm to how you start your working day?

    You and I live in the real world.  We can’t always sit down at our desk and begin working on the task that will have the biggest impact on moving our business in the direction we want it to go in.

    Sometimes you’ll have a commitment, e.g., an appointment.  Or there’ll be something urgent to take care of.  Or you might need to get behind the wheel early to get to somewhere.

    But, whenever possible, the best task to start on is the task that will have the biggest impact on moving your business in the direction you want it to go in.  Or failing that, start with the most unpleasant task on your list for the day, e.g., something you fear.

    Whenever you do manage to sit down at your desk and switch your head into work-mode, I’ve a suggestion for you – from my own morning routine.  Each morning, before I start on my tasks for the day, I write down 5 things I’m grateful for.  The reason?  It helps get my head right – looking at things more positively than I might otherwise.

    What do you think?

    I used to type them.  But now I actually write them in my diary.

    Is Ukraine on your mind?  Recently it has been on mine every day.  One day recently my “5 things” were:

  • Life
  • Safety
  • Freedom
  • Food & shelter
  • Family (together – except for the bird that’s flown the nest)

    It puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

    I don’t know about you but my biggest challenge today is to work on growing my business in a warm office with fast broadband and the sun streaming in through a south-facing window.

    And that’s all purely down to luck.  Hundreds of thousands in Kyiv are hunkered down as they await the arrival of a terrifyingly awesome Russian convoy that’s moving relentlessly closer to them.  Others in Mariupol are in desperate straits amid bombardment while their supplies and services dwindle in deteriorating weather. It’s certain that those poor people would love to have the sort of business challenges with which you and I are contending.

    However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you working to drive your business forward at this time. Yes, you can donate money and/or goods and/or time to help Ukrainians and others that are suffering.

But your business challenges are still real to you. Are still significant to you. And therefore you owe it to yourself and your dependents to keep putting one foot in front of the next – notwithstanding what’s happening in the world. You need to focus on what’s within your control.