Having a game plan in your daily life is key, and being able to stay on top of each task requires some mental attention as well. Yes, I’ll admit it. I don’t wake up everyday with a brilliant plan of everything I want to accomplish in 24 hours. I do take the time however to make a list, and set a “game plan” of the things I want to attempt to tackle that day. In today’s world, there is so much to do in so little time. We are all working at a fast pace and taking on more jobs than the human brain can even handle. We love overachieving and that is just the nature of this “new” generation where technology is becoming more advanced by the day!
You will come to realize that if you take a few minutes to think about everything you need to do…these tasks will be done in no time. When you wake up in the morning, I challenge you to lie in bed for 10 minutes and do absolutely nothing physical. I know what your thinking…..it’s too good to be true! All you have to do is set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier. Now here is what I want you to do in the 10 minutes you have. ENGAGE YOUR BRAIN! Think about your daily plan. What is it that you want to accomplish today? Maybe you want to hit the gym, make your meals, go to work, and write a blog. In these 10 minutes, I want you to imagine doing each and every one of these things in your head. Take the time to ensure each task has a positive outcome during your visualization. Imagine that you go to the gym and have a killer workout, and by killer I mean you didn’t even notice the time passing by! Imagine your boss giving you a compliment at work, and that fueling your brain for a great blog post later. So on and so forth until you’ve completed each task. Now you can wake up with a positive mind frame, ready to tackle the day! You will truly surprise yourself if you can take this short amount of time to mentally prepare. If you start your day out on a sour note thinking, “Oh my gosh I have to do this and this and this and this….how am I going to get it all done.” YOU WILL BE DEFEATED! Instead change your thought process to: “I can’t wait to go to the gym, prepare all of my meals, run 5 miles with ease and go to work!” You have the power to control your thoughts….so don’t let them control you!
DON’T FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE
So you didn’t get everything done that you wanted to. Maybe you hit a bump along the way. OH WELL! Don’t dwell on it. Every time your mind wants to go to that negative place, I challenge you to stop and take a second to think of three positive things that happened. Focus on those. If you’ve reached your max, hit the sack early! Wake up refreshed and ready to go.
KEEP EATING…..DON’T STARVE YOURSELF
The worst way to prepare for the day is to deprive yourself of the nutrients your body needs. Not only will you feel weak and tired, but skipping meals is the worst cure to fighting those cravings. If you go all day without food, you are more likely to stop at that fast food place on the way home or on the go! Instead, it is important that you stay full throughout the day so you don’t feel the need to binge later on. Remember, food is also fuel for your brain! You will feel sharp and more alert when you create time to eat a few small meals/snacks throughout the day.
DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
Sometimes it takes me an entire week to get through 3-5 things on my list. I used to get so disappointed in myself, but now I’m able to differentiate between the smaller to do’s and bigger to do’s. If I check 3-5 BIG to do items off the list in a week, then I’m a happy camper. Truth be told, I put the simplest things on my list like “pay electric bill,” just to assure some small victories – HA! Some weeks I have an insane amount of motivation and others I just feel less creative or less motivated to take care of my health. WE ARE ALL HUMAN! All you can do is capitalize on the times you do feel great and attempt not to stay in the times when the motivation slips. I have a one day rule. I allow myself a day (if I need the full day) and then I force myself the next day to be a bit more productive. Point is, allow yourself to be human. You aren’t going to be 100% all the time, and that is OK.
Hopefully this has given some insight on how I manage time or stay motivated! Try the “to do list” thing because I swear it’s been a game changer in my business, organization, and motivation.