Get some positive information into your mind over breakfast.
Start your day with something that does not depress you or makes you feel powerless to change your life or the world in some small or bigger way.
Add inspiration and optimism by for example:
- Reading one or a couple of new posts from positive, funny or uplifting blogs or websites.
- Listening to a podcast that boosts your motivation.
- Reading a chapter from a book that inspires you.
Start your workday with the most important task.
Find the most important task on the very limited to-do list you created. Do it first thing when your workday starts.
This task is in my experience often quite hard so it is easy to fall for the temptation to procrastinate.
If you feel that urge, then just be still and do nothing. The most powerful part of the impulse to procrastinate by checking email or social media.
When the worst is over then go easy on yourself instead of trying to push yourself hard.
Tell yourself that you will only work for 1-3 minutes on this important task. Then you can stop if you like. But you may not want to do that once you have gotten started. This seems to be the case for me most of the time.
Because getting started is most often the hardest part.