We’re just a week into the new year and many of us are still super inspired to meet all our goals and milestones which is great, but how easy is it to get off track – very easy actually! So how do you stay on track to ensure you achieve everything you set for yourself this year?
Here are some easy ideas to help you keep the momentum and stay motivated on making 2019 a much more productive year for you!
- Wake up an hour or 2 earlier everyday:
One of the factors that can ruin a whole day right from the start is having to rush through your morning routine and starting your day without any plan. Give yourself some time to be thankful for the fact that you’re alive and well. Establish the habit of gratitude to the Almighty each morning and you’ll be surprised how much boost that could give you to tackle your day.
- Visualize your day:
You can do this by simply going over the tasks you want to accomplish for the day. Make a list if you like, arranging them in order of urgency and importance. Visualize not just the tasks, but the time and resources you may likely need to accomplish them. This gives you a sense of focus and drive needed to kick-start the day.
- Positive affirmations:
Make it a habit each day to mentally or verbally recite how exactly you want your day to be, who you want to see and want others to see when they look at you. It does not have to be anything complex. Just a few positive statements will empower you is all you need. Like saying; I am beautiful. I am a winner. Or I am a mentor who’s life will be an inspiration to those around me. These affirmations will not just help you develop a positive mental attitude, but also cause your mind to subconsciously start establishing these characteristics within you.
- Reduce distractions and interruptions:
Thanks to the increasingly advancing world, the sources of distraction around us are on the high. From our work to personal emails, social media, phone calls Netflix and so on. There will be no limit to the distractions if we don’t consciously create one. Speaking from personal experience, allowing these distractions free reign can lead to severe psychological & mental drain. Do not expend your valuable energies on things or people that cannot improve your life and work. Set out some time during the day when you will allow no interruptions, and be firm in detaching from people or technology when you need to.
- Reflect on your day:
At the end of each day, dedicate some time to reflect on what you accomplished or didn’t, and ways you could have done better. You could set out the last 15 minutes of the day to your reflection or like me, do it while commuting back from work. I usually use this time to form a rough plan of what my next day will be like. Keep in mind, this is not the time for self criticism but quite the opposite. Even if there are unsatisfactory areas, open your mind to learn from them and resolve to do better. Comfort yourself with the knowledge that you are better today than you were yesterday.
Don’t forget that being a work in progress is also a great achievement!