Motivation Monday- Reviewing Your Morning Routine

Review Your Morning Routine Regularly

Creating routines and habits for your mornings are a great thing. They allow you to do what you need to do to move ahead without having to spend a lot of energy and time thinking about it.

That’s a good thing.

It’s can also be a dangerous thing when you’ve focusing on the wrong things and are in the habit of doing things that don’t help you reach your goals.

When we get into a routine, it’s hard to stop and ask ourselves if it’s working as well as it could be.

Even more importantly, with a routine and a set of habits firmly established, it’s easy to keep going even when the circumstances changes.

That’s why it’s important to take some time every now and again to review our routine and habits, including the new morning routine.

Set aside a little time every few weeks, or even months to review your routine.

Put it on the calendar and make sure you do it. It won’t take long and it will be a very valuable exercise in the long run. Our lives and circumstances change.

Our routines should change with it. Just because something has served us well over the past few weeks and months, doesn’t mean it will continue to do so.

Which brings up a good point…

When you sit down to review your morning routine (or any routine or habit you’ve been working on for that matter), ask yourself this:
Is it working? Is it working really well?

If it is, simply carry on. If it isn’t, it may be time to make some changes and tweak it until you find something that works well for you at that particular point in time.

Another way to look at it is to find what you love and what you hate about the new morning routine. Change it accordingly until you get as close as possible to loving everything about it and still getting the results you want.

Remember, this morning routine will change and evolve over time as you, your circumstances, and the people in your life change and evolve. Embrace the changes and look at them as an indication that you’re making progress.

Keep tweaking and improving your morning routine and don’t be afraid to mix up your goals for it.

Maybe you started out by making exercise a priority first thing in the day. As time goes by and you become more fit and make time for it later in the day, your focus may shift to meditation, or learning a new language.

Keep evolving, keep changing, and keep using those precious first few hours of each day to establish some positive change in yourself and those around you.

 

Admit You Are A Procrastinator

Admit You Are A Procrastinator  

One thing that will ensure the failure of your business, online or offline,  is wasted time by procrastination.

Don’t confuse “wasted” time with the time it takes to renew your physical or mental power.

Exercise is essential for your physical and mental health to keep you energized and motivated to perform the daily task required to make your business a success.

You know what you are doing to waste time during the day. It could be spending too much time in front of the television, surfing the internet, too much time on social sites such as facebook, or playing games online or your smart phone.

If you even think the lack of progress or downturn in your business is related to your actions or failure to act then it is time to reevaluate your time management skills.

Good time management skills can set you on the right track for success.

Without them, you can falter and all of your dreams for the future may wither and die.

If you are ready to turn up the heat the following are good time management tips to make part of your daily routine: 

Some people are exceptional at completing task, but only with the threat of losing their job, approaching deadline, or the risk of procrastinating destroying relationships.

Put some pressure on yourself to get it in gear!

Decide how much time you’re going to spend on thoughts, conversations and actions.

Make it your mission to spend the greatest amount of your time taking action and less time thinking and talking about it.

You may want to monitor yourself for awhile by recording how much time you spend on the three categories of your day during working hours.

At the end of the week, you should know if you are spending too much time thinking and talking and not enough actually completing the task necessary to move you closer to your goals.

You have to be tough on yourself to make progress.

Block distractions- Tricks like blocking email and Facebook alerts, turning off your phone and hanging a “do not disturb” sign on your home office door can work wonders. Many entrepreneurs use programs such as Facebook for business reasons, but when you’re on the site, don’t let yourself be distracted by anything other than business.

Set a time to begin work – and stick to it. After you turn on your computer for work, give yourself a certain amount of time to surf the ‘net and review your email then get to work on what needs to be achieved for the day.

Once you have started working on the days task don’t look back until you are finished. Going back and forth between email, Facebook and work muddles your mind and makes it more difficult to focus.

End your work at a set time-We all have times when our backs are against the wall and we have to spend more time meeting deadlines. But on an ordinary day, set a time to stop work and renew your physical and mental health.

If you have to work longer than the stop time, take frequent breaks, get up and walk around and do something to get your mind off work. You can’t be chained to your business 24/7 – even if you think you want to be – it’s just not beneficial for your success.

Distinguish busy work from working toward goals- Busy work can be a waste of time. You may be procrastinating because you’re not ready to meet the goal or you’re scared of failure if you do complete it.

The best way to beat procrastination is to admit you have a problem then start taking action.

Treat yourself as an employee and don’t tolerate time wasting activities.

If you want your business to be successful then commit yourself to following some time management rules and stick to them.

Personal Development Goals To Consider

What to Consider When Writing Down Your Personal Development Goals

There is a good person inside each and everyone. Sometimes, other people’s personalities are masked by their arrogance or selfishness, which is why it is all that others see.

Fortunately, a certain circumstance or situation can lead to a personality change.

People can change for the better if they so desire.

It may take time and extreme effort but it can be done. Personality development is evolving, just as change is constant. There is always room for improvement, personality included.

You might consider these personality development goals for yourself. All these are geared towards improving your life.

Evaluate your Character and get rid of Bad Habits

This goal is easier said than done. It can be hard to get rid of bad habits because they have been ingrained deep in your personality.

But if you stop and take stock of your life, you can actually do something to change it.

Getting rid of bad habits will improve you as a person. In turn, your life will be improved for the better. You can try to rid yourself of the habit of being always late, for example.

It is rude to let other people wait for you.

You are wasting their precious time by not showing up on time. To change that, you can try to wake up earlier. And you might try sleeping earlier so you won’t have to wake up late.

Communicating Well

Despite the fact that people talk to each other every day, communication is still hampered.

There are times when people fail to express their real feelings to others.

If you think of really successful people, you will realize they know how to talk well.

They are persuasive and charming and can sway people to believe in what they are saying.

If you are a bit shy, learn how to communicate better.

Learn to look people in the eye during a conversation. But more importantly, become a good listener.

You must also learn to empathize.

When you relate to what people are saying they become interested what you have to say. Being courteous should never be forgotten. Being polite and minding your manners counts. Be updated and knowledgeable, it is very valuable when communicating with others.

Learn to Adapt

Any person will encounter all types of situations in his lifetime. Some are favorable while others may be unfavorable or unpleasant. The same goes for people. There will always be people you will not like or approve of. But that does not mean you have to avoid them.

A person with great personality is able to deal with anything.

He can adjust his behavior to anyone, anytime and anywhere. No one can live alone, so you must learn to survive with others.

And because not everyone has the same personality as yours, there will times when ideas and characters will clash.

In that case, you can be the bigger person and give in.

The development of your personality depends on your attitude and outlook in life.

Taking a look inside at your good and not so good qualities and see where simple changes can be made to start improving your life.

Making small changes in yourself does not have to take alot of effort if you believe in yourself.

Making Your New Year Goals A Reality

Awaken Success

Time to awaken and become inspired for success.

There is a new post over at imdocmac.com on creating your own self development plan for success.

 This should be just what all of us are looking for as we procrastinate on putting our goals and aspirations, for the upcoming 2014, down on paper.

Make your goals real…write them down.

http://imdocmac.com/a-self-development-plan-for-success/

3 Tips For Sticking To New Year Resolutions

The new year is almost upon us, so you can start making some changes with these 3 tips to help you stick to your new year’s resolutions.

Although many of us start the New Year full of hope and excitement for making things happen, many of us quickly give up on our goals and wait until the next year to even think about them again. But we set resolutions for a reason, and that’s because we hope they can improve our lives in some way. So if you want to set goals you can keep this year, here are three tips to help you make it happen.

1) Set Realistic Goals That You Really Can Keep

The first place to start is with your goals. Are they realistic? Are they honestly, honestly something that you can see yourself achieving in the coming year? By all means, push yourself with your goals, but do it within the limits of what’s possible! Planning to work out for 2 hours every single day probably isn’t realistic for most people, nor is it realistic to think that you’ll cut out all sweet food completely if you like your sweet treats.

It’s also important to ensure you don’t try too many things at once. By all means, plan to improve your guitar playing skills, to get healthier, and to learn a new language, but try focusing on just one goal to begin with. Once you’ve made the first goal a habit, or reached the milestone you were aiming for, you can move onto the second.

2) Understand The Way You Feel

Although not all our New Year’s resolutions are about giving something up, understanding the way you feel about things like overeating, or other habits you may have, is crucial to seeing your goal through to the end. If you’re trying to give up drinking, or a certain type of food, understand that cravings come and go like waves, and do the best you can to learn about what triggers your cravings so that you can avoid them.

The same goes with things like exercise. Think about how you feel when you can’t be bothered to exercise, and put it off until tomorrow – you probably feel like you let yourself down. But when you do exercise, not only are you happy that you’re meeting your goal, but you may even get a rush off those endorphins!

3) Reward Yourself, Don’t Punish Yourself

We tend to work better when we’re working towards certain rewards, rather than avoiding punishments. So decide on some ways to reward yourself for completing goals. Instead of berating yourself and feeling guilty for not doing something, think of how you’ll feel and what you’ll do when you do something you want to do. Pick milestones relating to your goals, such as 1 month without a drink, or 5 days of exercising every day, and give yourself something nice as a reward (a new CD, a nice meal etc.) Rewards are far better motivators than fear!