Growing up in a big family, there was always some drama going on in our home. When someone was cranky in our house, we would say HALT. This stands for being Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. This is a funny buzzword to remind you to ask yourself what is wrong when you weren’t feeling up to par.
Since most up up work over 35 hours a week, either from home, or in an office environment, we tend to be HALT motivated on a daily basis. For me, a great start to the day is always key in having me perform my best. When I am Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired, it seems to put a damper on my day.
Instead of wallowing, I like to look at positive motivational videos on YouTube or positive motivational memes on my Instagram account, @leverageambition.
Some tips on how to improve your work week below:
1.) Get a good night sleep.
This is key. I find that when I leave my phone in my bag for the night, that is in my closet downstairs, is when I get the best rest. I usually put it in my bag as I bring the kids upstairs to sleep, so we are all able to disconnect and be undistracted before bedtime. I typically like to read books to the boys, and when we are done, we are typically ready to all pass out. I go to bed anywhere from 9-11pm and get up anywhere from 7-9am. A great night sleep and feeling refreshed in the AM helps me get through anything!
2.) Eat well, drink healthy and stay hydrated.
This is one that I always forget myself. Luckily my husband does not drink alcohol, which helps me not drink alcohol too. I find that if I drink the night before, the next day at work is awful, and I feel all the HALT adjectives. So it is key to not drink alcohol during the week so that you are not off your game in the morning. Not only that, but what you eat and drink directly has an effect on your mood and actions. I try to stay hydrated with water and fruit during the day, but also drink coffee and tea too if I need a fix. This helps me maintain my productivity and positivity. Also when eating, I try to go high protein as high carbs makes me want to sleep at my desk.
3.) Develop friendships at work, i.e. don’t be a jerk.
This has always been hard for me as I have always been very competitive at work. I also like to keep my private life private, but it seems that this has been the wrong approach. I started a new job a few years ago and was very uptight the first few months as I was anxious to perform and do a great job, so I felt I did not have time for others. This was a mistake and I regret it now as someone was promoted above me on my team that was PC and friendly with everyone. My bad. Reality is that your co-workers should actually be an extension of your client list, and you should always be on your best behavior, positive, non-gossipy and confident in a non-jerky way. A good way to do this is ask them out to lunch, ask them how their personal life is going, give praise to the good things they are doing, give help as you can.
4.) Set Goals, and be accountable for your wins and losses.
This is key in success. If you can set daily, weekly monthly, yearly goals, this is ideal. It helps keep you on track, and makes you accountable for your work in a long term and short term basis.
Do you have any tips? Feel free to share below, it’s always nice to hear from you! Enjoy the rest of your day!