The first month of the new year is now over, and as February begins, you should ask yourself an important question: How are your New Year’s resolutions going?
If you’re anything like most people, it is not unlikely that at this point, your resolutions have waned significantly, or failed entirely.
But the year is not over – you can pick up where you left off and get back on track. Here’s how:
Refocus Your Energy
Maybe you didn’t quite stick to your resolution because you simply didn’t have the energy to. The first part of the year can be stressful, and your energy may have been drained by myriad other things happening around you. But now’s not the time for excuses; get back in shape energetically and get back on your goals.
Put a Plan in Plan
One reason that so many goals fail early on is because goal setters set a goal, but then attempt to accomplish it haphazardly. Attaining goals takes specific planning – if you don’t have a plan, you won’t get very far.
Commit, Commit, Commit
Finally, you must truly be committed to your resolutions in order to achieve them. Think about it – is this something you really want?
Humans make dozens, or even hundreds, of decisions on a daily basis. From what you are going to wear in the morning to what you’re going to eat to what time you will leave the house and return home, your whole day is filled with choice after choice. But did you know that making all of those decisions can drain your energy?
Decision Making Can Be Stressful
Making decisions – especially those that are not routine – takes energy. And while you may not feel drained, you are losing brain power for every decision that you make. This can result in “decision fatigue,” the term that’s used to describe the stress that is felt from being bombarded with choices. This stress can stay with you, interrupting with your health and your life. You end up with a look and feel of “deer in the headlights” and completely stuck.
How to Eliminate Stress
One of the best way to eliminate stress caused by decision fatigue is to eliminate the number of decisions that you have to make in day. For example, plan your meals for the day before in advance, lay your clothes out at night, and know exactly what you plan to say in your meetings. When an unexpected opportunity comes up where you need to make a decision, make it quickly and move on; don’t dwell on a choice what’s it made. This will only hold you back and cause more stress.
Eliminating the volume of decisions may not be in the cards for you so what you’ll want to do is to do something like a brain detox. It’s similar to cleaning out the closet but of your mind. An easy solution is this audio called Clutter No More.
Are you prone to procrastination? Do you feel guilty every time that you do procrastinate, convinced that you’re lazy and falling behind? While productivity certainly has its time and place, procrastination may also be good for you.
The Value of Delaying
Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, written by Frank Partnoy, claims that when people have to make decisions, they should do two things: first, they want to (due date) assess how long they have to make the decision, then, they should wait until the last possible moment to actually make it. This is because human beings are happier and have higher rates of success when they learn how to manage procrastination. See the article written in Smithsonian Mag to learn more.
Two Types of Procrastination
WARNING, don’t think that sitting around on the couch doing nothing is okay.
There are two types of procrastination – active and passive. The first, active procrastination, type occurs when you are deliberately procrastinating because you are doing something more productive instead. Passive procrastination is the opposite; when you are not doing anything just because you are being lazy.
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Your energy levels not only will dictate how you feel on a daily basis, but how you respond to other people and situations and how other people respond to you. Positive and high energy levels are a key behind good health and business success. Here are some tips for improving your energy levels naturally today:
If you are not taking time to connect with nature you may be missing out on one of the most vital sources of energy. Not only with vitamin D from the sun provide you with rejuvenating nutrients, but the energy that you share with the earth, from the air to the trees, will leave you feeling refreshed.
Eat the Right Food
Junk food will leave you feeling like junk, whereas healthy and natural foods will give you the energy you need without harming your health. Avoid excessive sugar, make sure you eat a good breakfast, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Give Your Brain a Challenge
If you’re not stimulated in your life, your brain energy will start to dissipate. Do not just focus on work – find something else that is interesting and challenging to you. Consider doing a puzzle routinely, visiting a new country, cooking a new dish, or learning a new language.
When it comes to controlling your anger when things go wrong, how do you fare? Are you a person who can keep your calm and handle the situation with grace and poise? Or do you lose your cool and fly off the handle? If you do the latter, you are not doing yourself any favors, and may be jeopardizing your chances of success. Here are some tips and techniques for controlling your anger when things go wrong.
Learn Ways to Cool Down
Rather than letting your anger get the best of you in a stressful situation, learn ways to cool down. Each person’s method of cooling down may be entirely unique. For example, you may benefit from going on a walk while another person may benefit by writing their feelings down in a journal. Find a method that works for you and use it whenever you feel anger start to build. Taking deep breaths, meditation, counting to ten, and stretching are all popular methods of calming down.
Find a Healthy Way to Express How You Feel
You do not have to bottle up your feelings, you just have to find a healthier and more proactive way of expressing them. Pinpoint what exactly it is that you feel angry about. Then, think about your relationship with the person with whom you’re angry – is saying something in a hurtful way worth jeopardizing the relationship? You must be willing to not only choose your battles, but to forgive and move on.