Spring fever is here, and after this winter, we all deserve some fun. But business still needs to be done, no matter how much procrastinating we do.\nGetting into gear starts the minute you wake up. To prepare for my day, I listen to Spanish guitar music and drink some green juice (trust me, it\u2019s amazing!). Then, I think ahead to my schedule and ponder the various challenges and opportunities I foresee. I then picture myself successfully facing each upcoming activity, and quickly think what mood I need to be in to make that happen.\nBy creating a habit of reflection, visualization, and motivation each morning, my brain shifts to conscious awareness. \u00a0Everyone\u2019s success triggers are different. Maybe you need to listen to your favorite morning show on the radio or do a quick stretch as you contemplate the day to come. No matter what you prefer, the important thing is to keep it consistent, positive and proactive.\nIn my role as Senior Vice President of Acolyst, a business performance consulting firm, I work with a lot of top level executives. Some are negative, some are grumpy and all of them are under pressure. After all, they have stakeholders and Wall Street to report to, with issues galore. \u00a0But then there are those that have their act together.\nWhat should top CIOs do to prevent stagnation, stay positive and keep growing? \u00a0Just like the morning routine, it\u2019s not that complex.\n10 Steps CIOs Can Take to Beat Procrastination and Stay Positive\n\nAttitude - Get into a positive, grateful frame of mind. What gets you in the mood to show the day who is boss? It could be listening to classical music, Pharrell\u2019s Happy or even Everything is Awesome from the Lego movie. Or maybe it\u2019s reading those who inspire you, and internalizing daily quotes and affirmations. OWN your day!\nCompile the upcoming day\u2019s activities (you might want to create the list the night before, like I do)\nAre there any adjustments you need \/ want to make?\nDo you have what you need to be successful and productive (Enough time? A meeting room? The right attendees?)\n\nProject preview \u2013 Reflect for 5 minutes on what you and your team accomplished yesterday.\nVision - What are the top 3 things you want to accomplish today?\nFocus up \u2013 Reiterate to yourself that you will stay focused and productive throughout the day.\nLessons learned \u2013 What distracted you the day before? How will you handle today differently?\nWrite it down - Keep a notepad handy, or use your smartphone\u2019s note capability. Take down ideas that pop up in your head, even if you feel like you won\u2019t forget them. Trust me, we all have those \u201cOh shoot, what did I forget to remember?\u201d moments.\nEase tension and stress by using a form of exercise or meditation, etc. I like to dance. \u00a0Some prefer to exercise in the morning, afternoon or evening. If evening is best for you, integrate exercise that releases you from the day\u2019s activity and forces you to be fully present, alert and aware.\nTransition \u2013 Drink hot tea or other beverage to slow down and signal to your brain that now is the time for calm and relaxation.\nGo to bed \u2013 Your mother was right. Nothing is more valuable than a good night\u2019s sleep.\n\nBy making these steps a habit each day, you will find yourself cycling through them automatically and feel more fulfilled, motivated and dynamic. And, with all of the extra time you gain from stopping March Madness and increasing your productivity, you can go and watch March Madness on TV and not feel the least bit guilty.