To celebrate #NoExcusesNovember I’ll be going through how you can increase your productivity, activity, and general “on-the-go ness” on your way to being the best version of you.
“I really should get this done.”
“I probably ought to go and do this.”
“I should start that.”
“Yeah, I’ll do it tomorrow.”
These thoughts have crossed my mind numerous times and I’m pretty sure they’ve meandered their way through many other people’s. But, why start later when you can start now?
Starting something is often said to be the easiest part of a journey and finishing it the hardest. I beg to differ. If a journey doesn’t have a beginning, is it really a journey? Taking the first step is an incredibly daunting prospect, especially if you fear the possibility of failure. This fear often can be the heaviest weight anyone starting has to carry. It can be so great it cripples you and you never dare to take that first step. You will always come off better from trying than not trying, in fact, if you don’t try you’ve already failed. There is no point in even thinking about giving yourself that option, so rule it out immediately. Now we’ve established you’re here for the journey (you’re reading this article so that’s a plus!) let’s go over a few tips to help you get started. (These can be applied to pretty much anything, from achieving fitness goals to getting an assignment completed).
GET UP EARLY
This can be incredibly hard, especially if you’re not a morning person (don’t worry, you can change this!) There have been links, however, between a person’s success and the time they get up and go.
MAKE YOUR BED/TIDY YOUR ROOM
Having a clean bedroom and living space will help you feel less cluttered and more free and refreshed. This is a sort of projection of yourself, if the area around you is clear and ordered it’ll help you have a clear focus and visualize your goals.
WRITE A LIST
Building on this idea of clear visualization, setting out your goals on a bit of paper or whiteboard is immensely helpful as they serve to physically remind you what you want to accomplish.
TAKE BREAKS/REWARD YOURSELF
Ever heard the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? Well that’s pretty much exactly true (though whether or not you become an axe wielding maniac depends on your line of work I guess). Constantly slogging away in the gym or at your desk can become mind-numbing and put you in a rut. It’s incredibly important to mix-things up and keep yourself fresh. Try changing up your workout or trying a new sport, or for work take a break every half hour and go for a walk outside (fresh air is the best!) And perhaps even more importantly, give yourself milestones which after achieving each you can celebrate with a reward (a cheat meal or trip out is often a good idea).
Because no one ever liked the story about the average guy/girl who never did anything extraordinary. Everyone wants to be the person who overcame adversity, who succeeded when everything was stacked against them. So why wouldn’t you? You have nothing to lose, everything to gain.
So there you have it, my five tips to go smash your goals this November. To end on a nice cliché that fits perfectly here’s a quote from Abraham Lincoln:
“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
Alex is a student, fitness lover, and amazing role model in the PumpUp community. Follow Alex on PumpUp @alexn95.