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10 Ways to Drown Out the Negative: Part 1


As with any job, working as a travel business owner or a travel advisor has its ups and downs. It’s important to remember that maintaining a positive attitude is one of the best ways to take care of yourself and your business. When you feel like you’re in a funk, try these strategies to drown out the negative.



1. Create a schedule that sets priorities

Without a schedule that prioritizes your most pressing tasks, you may feel disorganized and overwhelmed. Having a structured to-do list can help you visualize your day and establish a productive routine. By prioritizing the most important tasks earlier in your schedule, you’re sure to get those tasks completed and feel a sense of accomplishment as you go. A set schedule keeps you focused and accountable throughout the day.


2. Set up a comfortable and inspiring workspace

Whether you work at home or in a shared office space, it’s important to have a work area that encourages inspiration. Fill your workspace with things that motivate you, from your own travel photos to poignant quotes to stress-reducing accessories like a desk zen garden. Keep your area organized and uncluttered, while incorporating colors, images, and tools that make your day better. You can better motivate your clients when you’re feeling inspired!


3. Be productive even when you’re procrastinating

There’s nothing like a looming deadline or an overwhelming project to induce procrastination. However, if you’re one of the many humans who often put things off, there is a silver lining. Use your time to do other small tasks that can help you feel less overwhelmed and more prepared for the task at hand. This way, even if you’re delaying starting a big project or completing an important assignment, you’re still accomplishing something as you wait for inspiration to strike.


4. Take things one step at a time

Sometimes we procrastinate because we have so many things on our agenda. Instead of viewing your daily workload as one huge, intimidating ordeal, take things one step at a time. Acknowledge your accomplishments as you go and build your confidence in the process. You’ll feel more positive about your schedule if you notice you’re ticking things off your list throughout the day. Even if you don’t make it through all of your tasks, you’ll appreciate the steps you took and the progress you made.


5. Counter negative thoughts with positive ideas

When you feel like you’re struggling with a negative outlook, try countering those thoughts by thinking the opposite. For example, when you think, “I can’t do this,” reposition your thinking and say “I can and will do this.” Reinforce these positive affirmations by writing them down or saying them aloud. Having a positive attitude is an important factor in maintaining your daily productivity.


You’re sure to find motivation when you celebrate small victories, set up a workspace that fosters inspiration, follow a schedule, and replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations. When you’re feeling down or discouraged during your workday, try utilizing these suggestions to empower yourself with positive thinking.


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Sandra McLemore is a digital marketing & business growth expert who got her start in the travel business over 20 years ago as a retail travel agent for STA Travel in a busy campus store front. She then worked her way into VP level in marketing, media and PR roles for the world's biggest cruise lines and travel brands.

 

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