Focus On What You Want Most

Lately, I’ve been focusing on what I want most.  It seems a little selfish at first blush, but it’s not.  This thought method helps align my focus with my values and makes me realize when I have a decision to make – I can think about what I want or what I want most.  I can’t always have both options, so I have to make decisions based on what is most important to me. It’s added incredible clarity and made me step out of my comfort zone even more.

I encourage you to stop and think about what you want most and let that guide you as you move forward.  Here is the organized strategy that has worked for me:

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How to make progress when you have zero time

I’ve been waking up at 4am regularly again.  This means that I don’t have enough time during the day and my mind wakes me up thinking of everything I need to get done. Our schedule is too packed, I’m too busy and I’ve noticed things are starting to pile up because I don’t have time to make the progress that I normally do.  I’m too busy, have zero time and it’s stressing me out.

I bet you’ve felt like this too – your schedule is full, your place is a mess and your stress level is rising.  I encourage you to take time to make necessary adjustments to continue making progress, even if you have zero time.  If you do this now, you’ll have a better chance of improving your schedule, your stress level and your sanity.

Remove things from your life.

When you look at your schedule, what do you see? I’ve got a packed work schedule and a packed free-time schedule. And it isn’t working for me.  I don’t have time to think if I’m running from one meeting to the next. It made me realize that I needed to start removing some things from my schedule, from my thoughts and from my life.  After taking a long look at what I’ve been doing, I started to make changes.  I’ve removed important, valuable things from my schedule.  Some of them weren’t easy to remove.  All of them were necessary to remove.  I could tell it made a difference as my stress level decreased with each removal.

I encourage you to look at your schedule right now.  How can you get others to help you? What can you remove? What adjustments can you make? The more you choose to focus on the most important things, the more you’ll start to realize how your schedule shouldn’t be filled up with the other things.

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Little things make a big difference

Your life is a series of small actions. When you look at your daily activities – the choices you make each moment – it doesn’t seem like much. But as you grow and develop, you begin to change – to build your character – you look back at your life, you’re able to clearly see the person you’ve become.  The little things make a big difference and it’s more realistic and attainable than you think to make your life change. 

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Professional experience everyone needs

Ever wonder what it takes to be really successful? Sometimes it’s the right experience at the right time. I’ve learned a few things throughout my professional career and the more I speak with others, the more I realize there is valuable professional experience that everyone needs. If you’re beginning your career, look for these opportunities. If you’re where I am – you probably realize your valuable work experience too.

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Family Information Center that works for you

You and your family have a lot of information to keep organized.  Between activities, appointments and tasks, managing your family information can seem like a full-time job.  Keep your family organized by creating, updating or enhancing your family information center into the active storage area you’ve always needed.  With these easy strategies, you’ll be able to keep everything together and just where you need it.

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Find a visible location that works for you.  We keep all of our calendars, newsletters, coupons, notes and items in our Family Information Center located in our kitchen.  Since we’re in this room so much, it makes sense to have this important information stored together right where we see it every day.  Find a place in your house that you can keep all family information and supplies together and educate everyone else to do the same.

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Healthy Eating Simplified

You can simplify your healthy eating plan and still stay on track. Follow these realistic practices to provide you with the greatest opportunity for healthy, enjoyable eating.

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Read Nutrition Labels.

Blindly selecting items in the grocery store is dangerous because there are hidden fats, salts and sugars in many unexpected places. Learn how to read food labels and consciously purchase foods that are healthier options. Because of reading food labels, I’ve now make my own bread, purchase 100% juice canned fruit and no sugar added applesauce, and buy frozen vegetables instead of canned. You can make easy switches like these and easily improve the healthy options available to yourself and your family.

Measure Your Food.

When I’m hungry, I throw caution to the wind and load my plate with food. I’ve learned that by measuring out the amount of food I eat, it’s easier for me to stick to a healthy selection. I allow myself to load up on fruits, veggies and lean meats or beans. But as a general rule for casseroles, creamy dishes or processed sides; I stick to the serving size as my maximum.

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Workout Willpower

 Most people make New Year’s Resolutions to exercise more.  And usually in February – the make it or break it month – quitting workouts and fitness goals becomes the standard.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Your workouts can begin to improve their effectiveness, and likeliness to happen, with simple and meaningful changes.

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Find a system that works for you.

I’ve found that I can run regularly on my own, but trying to develop and complete core exercises is difficult for me if I’m left to my own devices. So I signed up for my employer’s wellness classes. Now I’m able to attend an instructed class and manage my workout routines realistically.

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Schedule time.

Putting your workout time in your schedule improves your chances to regularly complete your workout. You may have to be creative to make it work. In the summer, I get up an hour early four days a week to run. In the winter, I schedule three days a week to run after work and one weekend day. During my work day, I use my lunch hour to attend my workout class and eat a packed, healthy lunch at my desk after I’m finished. You have time in your schedule to make it happen, you just need to make it.

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