Getting Back on Track
With the influx of cooler weather (finally!), the holidays, and new holiday beverages from your favorite coffee shops all paired with everyday life, we tend to lose track of our time. We could easily toss up our hands and wait until January to push the RESET button - but why wait?
Here are some tips on how to get your life back on track and to STAY on track.
Throw away the Halloween candy. It’s time. If you don’t want to toss it, bring it to work (work people love candy). If you absolutely need to, stick a few pieces in the freezer for a rainy day. Take time to be conscious about meals and what you’re feeding your body. Do your own research on what’s best for you.
Set your alarm. I’m a big fan of the snooze button.. really snoozing in general is great, but recently I’ve been cutting it close. I’ve started setting my alarm 10 minutes earlier so I actually have the extra minutes to hit snooze after my alarm goes off. If anyone has mastered not hitting snooze, let me know so I can include that in my next blog!
Get a planner - and USE it DAILY. Plan your day. Look at it in the morning so you know what's going on. Homework due? Test tomorrow? Doctor’s appt? Boss’s Day? Keep track of your schedule. Check off what you are doing and highlight important things. Don’t forget to look ahead either! Is it someone’s birthday next week? Get the gift now and save yourself a headache. Don’t forget to schedule some dance classes at Serendipity!
Afternoon walks/meditations. Now that the weather is a lot nicer, start taking afternoon walks around the neighborhood! Bring your kids and your pets. Use this as a way to get fresh air, exercise, and clear your mind.
Utilize your weekends. I love weekends. I usually take them to myself and catch up on my tv shows, go shopping, sleep in, and hang out with my friends. If we revisit step 3, and set the alarm over the weekend (don’t worry, you don’t have to set it that early!), we can use some of our weekend time to work on things for the following week so that when Monday comes along, we’re already on track. This doesn’t mean give up your weekends or keep working from home over the weekend, I’m more talking about personal work and school work! Weekends shouldn’t be stressful. For those of you who work weekends, come up with a schedule on your days off!
Set some goals! Set goals for the day, for the week, for the month and for the year! goals are the tiny finish lines we get to celebrate when we reach them. The more goals you set and meet the more celebrating you get to do, and in turn, the better you feel about yourself! Motivation is key! Keep thinking about those goals throughout the day, week, month and year! Side note: Plan your vacations 6 months in advance, so you have time to plan and reach any goals prior to your vacations!
Understand when to say yes, and when to say no. Say yes to things that will help you grow and help you reach your goals. Say no to things that will bog you down or take you off your course. PS, I’m not saying you should go to extremes - don’t get fired for saying yes or no just because of this blog.. use your brains! On another note, maybe your job is what’s dragging you down. If you can swing it, be brave, be smart, and do what you need to do. Take this as your sign.
Don’t stress. If you feel it coming, just breathe in and out slowly. You’ve got this. Nothing can stand in your way because YOU make your own future. Nothing is worth your sanity.
I hope everyone has a great holiday season coming up! Remember to set goals, stay smart and vigilant, and try to remember what life was like when you graduated high school and hit life at that pace and with that excitement. You’ve totally got this.
If you have anything to add, we’d love to hear from you! Until next time!