Do you want to build your career, strengthen your relationships, and achieve your dreams, but don't know where to start?
Start by locking in your fundamentals!
After you get into a project or a New Year’s resolution, how are you measuring your progress?
A lot of people think that measurement might not be necessary. That the only thing that matters is crossing the finish line. Then May comes around and their resolution or project has failed.
Every long term goal should be broken down into smaller, measurable steps. But there are other factors that go into supporting a goal. Here are three that I use, that you might have missed.
Here are 3 things you can do today to set yourself up for success!
Arianna Huffington came out with a book talking about the importance of sleep. She drew upon 50 years of sleep studies. The evidence is overwhelming and conclusive.
And not just any sleep. Eight hours of technology-free sleep.
Look at what you’re doing before and after. For one hour before you go to sleep and one hour after you wake up, cut out all technology. For all you ebook readers, that includes your Kindle, too!
It doesn’t mean you can’t read, but read a real book! Journal. You want to prepare your mind to sleep, something which technology prevents.
When you wake up, don’t hit the snooze! I’m guilty of that, too. You’re laying there, having good dreams or snuggling up to your significant other. It’s so tempting.
Rather than blindly swatting at the alarm, allow it to ring.
Use this opportunity to wake up your body and mind. Flex your fingers, toes, arms, and legs. This brings awareness and allows you to set your intentions.
How do you want to approach the day?
This is crucial: skip the technology. Bypass your Facebook, social media, texts, and emails. Don’t do it!
Sure, use the technology to get you out of bed. Play some music to help get you pumped up! Then leave it alone for a full hour.
Use this time for yourself, to set your best intentions, to become your best self.
What is your productive output?
For Mozart, it was arias and concertos. For Stephen King, it’s writing. What is yours? If you’re not sure, maybe a coach can help you assess it.
Set up your day for 50 minutes of focus, then take a 10 minute break. If you’re on the computer, get off the computer for those 10 minutes!
Get outside. Take a walk. Get some fresh air and Vitamin D. Give your eyes a break and your blood moving!
Then go back in and work 50 minutes more.
If you’re studying, cut it in half to let your brain absorb. 25 minutes of studying. A five minute break.
This way, you can stay focused, refreshed, and engaged. This is a huge part of achieving your goals: building the habits of productivity.
This might seem like the most random and subjective one. Trust me, it’s one of the most important.
How happy are you?
Look at yourself. Really look at yourself and ask, “how happy am I?” Rate it on a scale of 1-10.
If you’re brushing your teeth, and you love having clean teeth, do it with joy! Get your happiness up to a 10.
As you’re going through your day ask yourself, “how can I bring joy to this moment? To this task?”
It can be any task. Doing the dishes. Taking out the trash. Interacting with others.
Take it a step further. Are you generating happiness in others? Is that generating more happiness within yourself?
No matter how you choose to achieve your goal or project, build a solid bedrock to execute your plan.
Sleep. Productivity. Happiness.
Measure them. Manage them. Achieve them.
That way, you can Go out and Win your dreams, Today!
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