Take a walk

 

Feel upset. Take a walk.

Feel stuck. Take a walk.

Feel tired. Take a walk.

Feeling down. Take a walk.

There is almost no mood that a walk can’t improve. It impacts all aspects of your well-being. I’ve been trying to take a walk every day. Some days it’s more difficult than others when you’re stuck in a cubicle jungle and summer turns to fall. You’re daylight have been getting shorter.

Is there something you’re been putting off? Go take a walk, regain you’re thought ,and improve your health.

Staying Focused

Staying Focused

It’s not easy to stay focused.  It’s really easy to get distracted.  I’m much more easily distracted at night.  I feel like I turn into a caveman. All I want to do is eat, watch TV, and fall asleep. It’s a struggle. Especially, when you’re trying to work on your goals from 9-12 am every night. It will be the biggest challenge I have when it comes to completing this goal.

How good are you at staying focused? I’m continuing to work on this skill. That’s one of the reasons I like evaluating other speakers at Toastmasters meetings. It’s also why I try to meditate for 10 minutes a day using Headspace’s free Take 10 series.  I realize I need to work on my concentration so I can control my mind to focus on the goals I want to achieve.

Staying focused is not easy. The good news is that it can be learned. That’s why every night I’m practicing to increase my level of focus by working on what I perceive as my most difficult time for me to focus.


Photo by Pellinni at Morguefile.com

Goodnight

Goodnight

I’ve tried waking up early, I’ve tried waking up late. I prefer to wake up early but I feel like I can’t wake up early enough to accomplish everything I want before I have to get ready for work.

That’s why I’ve went back and forth between waking up early and going to be late. The only positive I have to staying up late is it’s much easier to stay up an extra hour then it is to wake up an hour earlier. Getting out of bed anytime before 5 am is difficult.

The other positive to staying up late is I can cut out a bunch of wasted time I spend in front of the TV. I usually put my kids to bed around 8:30. I hardly ever go to be before 11pm anyway. Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV, I should be achieving my goals from 9-12.

That’s exactly what I ended up doing last night. I completed three hours of work towards my goals. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a little tired this morning, because my kids wake up around 6am, but I’m not getting any less sleep then I was getting by going to bed at 11pm and waking up by 5am. Staying up late at night allows accomplish much more.

If I can work from 9-12am for just the weekdays. I’ll be able to focus on my goals for 15 hours a week which would be a drastic improvement from what I accomplish today.

Waking up early or staying up late to work on your goals are both challenging and an accomplishment for those who achieve the regular habit. In the end, it comes down to who wants to succeed more.

How bad do you want it? Your morning and nightly routine will usually give you the answer.


Photo by RaspberryLime at Morguefile.com

To the beach and back again.

Today’s my first day back from the beach with my family. This year, I decided to take a week off from all of my commitments and goals. I spent most of the week playing with my kids. 

I did come up with a lot of blog post ideas that I’ll be sharing this week. I like taking the week off because it allows me to think about what commitments are really important. If by the end of the week, I’m dying to get back into my habits then I stick with them. If I forget about them or feel relieved then I’ll cut them out.

It’s pretty simple. 

The goals I’ve been itching to get back into we’re my daily writing, workouts, speaking, and focusing furthering my career.

This week, I’ll be posting the blog post ideas i came up with on my vacation. I’ll also be thinking about my goals to finish out 2016.

Too much TV

My wife and I were talking about how much great TV is out there. The majority of it is not on typical cable channels like ABC, NBC, or CBS. Most of it lives on HBO, Showtime and Netflix with AMC, FX, and most recently, USA, with Mr. Robot.

The main problem with all of this great television is all the time it can consume. It’s really the problem with TV in general. How many times have put on a show you wanted to watch only to have it end and you continue to watch the next show then the show after that. The next thing you know your half hour or hour long show turned into two or three hours of stuff you didn’t even care to watch.

I used to have this problem. Once we had our first child, we started watching a lot of TV because you spend most of your time either feeding the baby or holding them while they sleep. It made me realize that I needed to do something to stop myself from zoning out in front of the tv at night.

I took some advice from Zig Zigler. I don’t circle the shows I want to watch in my TV guide at the beginning of the week because I got get a weekly paper with a TV guide. What I do is at the beginning of the week I make a note of the shows i want to watch for that week. Then I watch those shows and as soon as the show is over I turn off the TV.

This keeps me from zoning out in front of the tv either binge watching episodes or, even worse, watching stuff I would have never watched normally.

Each week choose the shows you want to watch, watch them, and then get back to living your life. Don’t sit back and let life pass you by.

Where are you?

I’ll be posting a few blog posts I’ve had in a backlog over the past few days. This was a busy weekend and fell behind on posting regularly.  Even though I’ve been writing daily blog posts for over a year I still struggle to publish every day.  Things still come up that cause to me to get side tracked.

I’m trying to be better.  To make a system so I always have a blog post ready to be published.  At Toastmasters, one of my fellow club members talked about always having a speech in your back pocket.  I’ve tried to take that mentality to heart.  Though it’s been hard to stay true to that quote when you’re writing a speech every week.

I want to always have a blog post in my back pocket because life is going to happen and get in your way, my way.  I don’t know much about what the future holds for me, but I do know that I should try to expect the unexpected.  Having a backup blog post ready to go is one of my goals in the coming weeks.  One reason to do this is to give me time to do a better job of editing my posts.  Then I could publish them at a set time around 6am.  My current process doesn’t leave much time, if any, to rewrite or edit.  Somedays I’m writing the post and then immediatly publishing it so I can stick to the goal of publishing a daily blog post.

I hope you enjoy the next few posts.  Some of them will be setting up what I hope to be big things to come.