“How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.” – David Joseph Schwartz
Number 7 in the top ten goals checklist is that your goals must be well-balanced. If your goals are not balanced, you risk the chance of burnout. There are certain activities you need to do on a daily basis to prevent your mind and body from becoming overworked.
a.) Start with taking a few minutes each evening planning you next day. It’s a known fact that when you prepare the night before, rather than in the morning, your unconscious mind will actually work during the night figuring out how to fulfill your next day’s plan.
b.) Action – during the day, concentrate on activities that will produce the greatest results. Being busy with nothing to show for your efforts will soon wear thin. Set limits on what you will and will not do, and take decisive action. Eliminate procrastination – become highly productive when you are working. When you are not working, learn to relax.
c.) Learn something new everyday. This is so important to a well-balanced day. To remain competitive in your field, you must take time to expand your knowledge. You don’t have to spend hours doing this. Tapes and books on CD’s are a great way to make use of the time you spend in the car traveling from one place to another. Try to make it a habit to read something about your field for at least 20-30 minutes every day to stay on top of changes.
d.) Exercise – yes, this is very important to keep your body flexible, especially as you age. Not only is exercising good for your body, it is also good for your mind because it gets the blood flowing. Exercising improves your sleep, increases energy, relieves stress and anxiety, protects against injury, promotes a healthy posture and self-image, relieves digestive disorders and expands your longevity. With all these benefits, who wouldn’t want to exercise.
e.) Take some time every day to relax. You’d be surprised how much benefit a 20 minute power nap can be especially after lunch. This is a great way to boost your energy into overdrive so that your afternoon is just as productive as your morning. If you do the same when you get home from work, you’ll have the entire evening to enjoy with your family and not feel guilty that you’re so tired. If you have your own business, be sure to schedule time off from work. When you are off, don’t call the office. Be totally with your family and enjoy your time off. This time is needed to re-energize you mind and body so when you do return to work, you’ll be ready for anything.
f.) The last thing you should do daily is take some time to reflect on the progress you are making in achieving your goals. This is called reflective thinking. Everyday, at the end of the day, take some time to reflect on what you did thorough out the day. How did you do? What did you do well? What could you have done better? Focus on the progress you made and on your shortcomings – but don’t beat yourself up about what you did wrong or didn’t do. Learn from your mistakes and make tomorrow a better day. If you make a habit of taking a few minutes each evening doing this, you’ll be surprised at the strides you’ll make.