Putting in place a time restriction and getting specific with a work or personal finance objective will keep you on track and keep your workday interesting. My main goal is to finish a personal finance book by the end of the week, and I'm giving myself through Sunday to make it happen. To make things interesting, I also want to try and sneak in a few walks during my lunch break — something I don't typically do. Who knows, it might be just the midday habit I need! Share your own goals below and get inspired to beat the workplace doldrums.
The point here is to tackle short-term projects. Use the week to set a goal from anything like befriending a co-worker, by asking her to lunch, to promising to find and focus your strengths to make the most of your time at the office. For instance, promise to find out a little more about your personality type to zero in on your skill-set and work more efficiently — just vow to find the time during the week to take a personality test online. The insight you gain from taking a quiz like this may help you to work more efficiently or find tasks you might be more interested in volunteering for at the office.
In any case, the goal you set each Monday will help you to begin the week with a sense of purpose. Rather than looking at the work week as a time when you must accomplish a, b, and c, for your boss, team, or company — small personal goals that are tied to what you do at the office, will help you to feel more connected to your nine to five routine, give you a sense of self, and combat monotony throughout the week.
Sometimes it's the small things you can do in your own life to enhance your health and most of them take just a few minutes.
If you're looking to stay motivated then keep track of your progress every day. Take just one minute to document your progress, be it by taking a picture of yourself or logging your miles jogged in a journal. However you do it is up to you but it should be something small that will show your gradual (or fast) progress towards your goal. Being able to see progress visually is very motivating and if you don't track it then you might not even notice that you're now running five miles a week, instead of four. Yay!
Commitment to those New Year's resolutions for fitness may wax and wane, but we all know we should be exercising year round. Some people are more goal oriented and others are more prone to sticking to routine because it is their routine. So I am wondering what kind of exerciser you are and what your "goal" is — be it a bikini body or running your first 5k.
So tell me . . .
You and I both know that there's safety in numbers. Not only is running with someone a great way to protect each other from harm or get help in case of an emergency, but it's also a great way to stay motivated if you're trying to get in shape.
Having the desire to be a healthier, happier you is an awesome way to live, but no one ever said you had to do it alone. So this Spring, get yourself a running buddy. It could be a close friend or relative who shares the same goals of wanting to be healthier. Or maybe it's someone you met at the gym that shares your love of running. Make sure you share a similar lifestyle schedule, like you both work 9-5 and can exercise after or before work.
You also want to make sure that she shares your wellness goals - If you plan to run on Sunday mornings, you don't want your running buddy calling you up to suggest brunch instead.
When you do find your running buddy (or buddies), determine together your running schedule. Plan out what days work for you both, and what times you prefer to exercise. Once your running schedule is set, you'll be able to inspire each other to stick to it.
Fit's Tips: Set a reasonable goal you both can meet. Start off with one day a week, and then if it's working with your schedules, add another day or two. It's a great time to work your heart and muscles, release stress and tension, discuss healthy recipes, or vent about your problems. It's multi-tasking at its best.