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Spring Clean Your Life

11 Apr

With the joys of Spring all around and the whiff of Summer oh-s0-close, it’s easy to get carried away with thoughts of holidays, lazy days in the sun and wishing time away until your next day off.

This time of year is the best time to spring clean your life. Start with your mind. I wrote a list of goals for 2010 on the 1st January and every month, I revisit this list, re-evaluate and reconsider. My life style has changed dramatically in the last few months, and hence my goals for the year have altered.

If any obstacles present themselves through out the year, it’s not time to sling in the towel and give up the fight. It’s time to take action and kick start the fire you felt in January when setting new year resolutions with passion. The example in my life is my health, my heart problem and the impact that has had on my ability to work and exercise. Since the deterioration of my health, I have actively taken steps to make positive changes in my life. These have included: attending a personal coaching course, spending time with friends and family, moving to a more suitable property for our lifestyle and business, employing a new member of staff and finding new enthusiasm about getting better as quickly as possible.

To spring clean your life, sit down and analysis where you have come in the first 3 months of this year. Where you want to be in 3 months, 6 months and by the end of December? How will you take steps to reach these goals ( adding in positive actions)? What can you remove from your life that is hindering you in some way? This may be removing yourself from difficult family member, non-helpful friend, seeking helping to change a negative mindset about a certain aspect of your life e.g. work stress, exercise or a relationship problem. Indulge yourself with some counselling, coaching, yoga or find a partner to take up a new hobby. April is perfect for getting out and blowing away the cobwebs of the British winter.

Dust off your pride, clean out the cupboards within your mind and give your body a blast to set you up for a wonderful 2010!

Prioritising Daily Tasks

19 Feb

How to separate the tasks in daily life into ‘Urgent’ and ‘Important’.

One of my major frustrations in life is not achieving all I’d like to in 24 hours. This is one of the reasons I spend a lot of time writing lists, working into the early hours of the morning, or ‘having words with myself’ for not reaching my targets for the day. Does this sound familiar?

Over the last few years, I have read the work of many authors on topics on self help, earning money, the secrets to success etc. One underlying theme is how to motivate yourself, make a plan and implement this plan. Action, not procrastination is what is required to achieve anything in life, be it aerobic fitness, a toned body, mental well-being, weight loss, specific life goals or financial rewards.

Keep a Diary

How I go about achiving my long list of ‘new year resolutions’ is to use a daily, weekly, monthly and annual strategy. I keep a separate diary purely for noting these strategies.

Commit to writing a list of aims for the year

Commitment is required to firstly make a list of what is most important to you. From this list, you can work out achievement dates by which you can tick each item off over the year. Then, each month, you can review your progress and make the necessary improvements. Weekly, you can keep a tally of what you have done to achieve  your overall life aims and daily, you can have a ‘to do’ list that is subsinct and relevant.

Break down aims into managable tasks

Some of your life aims may seem dream-like, impossible to achieve. By breaking down a dream into monthly, weekly and daily tasks, each step appears less daunting. How does a person go from a ten minute jog to completing 26.2 miles in a marathon? Run by run, week by week, commitment to a training plan and motivated by the desire to achieve a momentous life goal.

To give you an example of a year’s strategy, here are my aims for 2010 (as listed on 1st January):

  •  A specific profit in my business by helping others
  • Run the London Marathon in Sub 4 hours
  • Complete 3 triathlons
  • Have my teeth whitened
  • Commit to triathlon club sessions weekly
  • Run on the track twice a month
  • Run a local 5k, 10k and half marathon
  • Swim twice weekly until April, then 3-4 times a week during Spring/Summer
  • Attend triathlon club swim once a month
  • Improve confidence in open water swimming by going to group sessions
  • Turbo train on my road bike twice weekly until April then 4 cycle sessions during tri season
  • Become confident using SPD pedals by riding in a group and with Damon
  • Try cross country skiing and / or go rollerskiing again to improve technique
  • Have a summer break to escape work / the business and to relax
  • Have a sports massage as often as necessary
  • Buy a new car, ideally a Range Rover or VW Transporter van
  • Begin my lifecoach qualification and study

This may appear a long list of objections, some may be easy to achieve, some may fall by the wayside. This does not matter. All that is important when creating a list is considering what is most important to you at your current stage in life. It may seem that my aims are very biased to my sport and fitness goals, however, this is what is important to me now, at the age of 27, when I have no commitments other than being successful in all I do. You may notice my aims are quantifiable – all have a specific number involved. This helps to keep aims in focus, disallowing broad, sweeping statements such as ‘I want to get fit’, ‘I want to lose weight’, ‘I would like to be happier’. The alternatives to these sweeping statements would be, ‘I aim to run a 5k by June’, ‘Lose 10lbs by September’, ‘Enrol on a self-confidence course and dedicate 2 hours a week to recording my progress’.

What would truly make you happy if you achieved it all within a year? I can honestly say I had the best year of my life in 2009, I achieved nearly all of my objectives. Here’s how.

Urgent Versus Important

 Break down your daily tasks into these headings, either first thing in the morning, or last thing at night when planning the following day. These daily tasks include anything work related, any exercise you have planned in, any time working towards your year goals.

Urgent – these are tasks that HAVE to be done, for example, sending that email to a client, speaking to your boss about an appraisal, taking the kids to their swimming lesson, eating, sleeping, a half-hearted gym session with a friend. These tasks take over our daily life, making us feel eternally busy, ever-tired.

Important - these tasks are ESSENTIAL when working towards your annual aims. Examples in my life include: writing this blog, drafting ideas for a future business for an hour, writing an email or letter that you have been putting off, attending an exercise session and giving your all, signing up for a race and commiting to it, creating a healthy eating or exercise plan for the week, booking an important appointment such as beauty, dentist, physiotherapist. If you had all the time in the world to purely focus on your life goals, what would you do? Ask yourself this and jot down a few answers. During this week, allocate some of these tasks into your daily routine. By prioritising, nobody is too busy to achieve in life, everybody, at some point, uses excuses to hide from  or justify a lack of success.

Without constant monitoring, it is very easy to give all our attention to urgent tasks. To achieve our ambitions, the emphasis must be on completing the important jobs. The urgent tasks will always be there but it is the important jobs that will make the difference in your life.

In summary, when prioritising your daily task, make sure you choose important tasks over urgent. This will enable you to slowly but surely achieve all you desire.