It’s February 2017!
We’ve survived the first month of 2017! Where we promised ourselves to be more productive, active, etc. However, this is around the time when our eagerness and motivation begins to dissipate. So how do we stay on track? With everything going on around us, we can easily detract from those goals for 2017. This is an ideal time to check-in, revise, and prioritize your goal. Get inspired and motivated again. Here are 10 things you should do to stay ahead of your resolutions:
- Time Management: This is truly the best thing you can do to achieve any goal. I like to do a weekly schedule on Sundays for the following week. I write my classes, appointments, and weekly goals. I check-in on my schedule throughout the week and write specific notes the night before for the following day. I am still working on this; always plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for any appointment, meeting, or class. This will allow you to settle in and gather your thoughts. When we are rushed, we are unprepared and stressed.
- Morning Routine: Having a morning routine can really set the tone for your day. If I don’t get enough sleep, I am scrambling in the morning to get to class, thus, having a less productive day. The mornings are the best time to check in with yourself before you go out there and kick ass! Even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes. Checking in on your goals for the day will bring you better results.
- Get Organized: Sundays are for organizing, this is when I make sure I have everything I need for the following week: an organized closet, clean clothes, a clean home, and groceries for the week. Choose a day during the week when you have some extra time. Go through that stash of mail, bathroom drawer, or the clutter around your home. I find organizing to be very therapeutic, and I don’t have to waste extra time during the week looking for anything.
- Mantra: Having a mantra can help you get through stressful situations, and even tough workouts.
Currently, my mantra is, “The way you do ANYTHING, is
the way you do EVERYTHING.” I don’t recall where or from whom I heard this, but it really motivates me. I repeat this in my head while I’m running to get me through the toughest miles.
- Treat Yourself: Write down a wish list and reward yourself when you get through a goal. Perhaps, a new pair of workout shoes for completing all your monthly workout. Or getting a massage for finishing that chapter in your novel.
- Nice pen and planner: This might sound meaningless to some, but it works for me. When I have a nice planner and pen, I enjoy writing down to do lists, appointments, goals, etc. Even if you find this to be irrelevant, try it first. You don’t have to spend a lot, many art stores, and office supply stores have sales constantly. You’ll be surprised how this little trick can get you motivated and on top of your day. My favorite planner right now is the Panda Planner, i love that it’s undated and it has a gratitude section.
- Daily Reminders: Place your goals where you can see them, whether they’re on your phone or a physical planner. I typed my 2017 resolutions and placed them on my wall, my daily reminders in my phone include smaller goals I must complete to achieve the bigger ones.
- Tell others about your goals. When you tell others about your goals it holds you accountable, and perhaps, if you have good friends, they will motivate you and remind you to stay on track.
- Set an ambiance: Having a small space to yourself, where you feel comfortable and relaxed is key. I have a home office, this is where I study, write, and film videos. If you are not able to have a zen space, create one. You can divide your room into areas, or find a favorite quiet place in your neighborhood where you won’t be disturbed.
- Motivate yourself: Don’t wait for someone to motivate you. You must be your own cheerleader. Motivation is everywhere, if you seek it. Listen to podcasts, watch motivational videos, or google a daily inspirational quote, etc. When I am on the go, I plug my phone into my car and listen to audio books and podcasts. Also, constantly reading our goals reminds us why we want to achieve them, resulting, in taking action!
Even if you haven’t stayed on top of your goals; take a moment to take inventory, and revise. We have a higher chance of succeeding if we break our goals down into quarterly, monthly, weekly, and finally, daily actions. Time management is the key to achieving any goal you set for yourself. When we think of the overall goal, it may seem distant and overwhelming. Review and revise your goals to fit them into your daily schedule. It’s only the second month into the year, if you haven’t started, don’t get discouraged, it’s not too late! It’s the little day to day actions that count!
What do you do to stay motivated? Leave a comment.
“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”– Michelle Obama
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” Sheryl Sandberg
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma
“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” – Walt Disney
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill