Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Move it Monday: Jump Start Your Week
Sometimes we get a little stuck in life — we set New Year’s resolutions and they peter out after a month, we want to exercise but can never get our butts in gear, we want to make positive changes but don’t have the time or energy. If that describes you in any way, don’t worry: you’re not alone. Not even close. In fact, I would say it describes most of the caregivers I know. We’re often too tired from a day of chaos to do everything we want to do and overwhelmed by all the things on our to-do list. That’s OK. You can get your life in gear, with a little jump start.
Here are 12 things you can do today to jump start your life:
1. Take a break. If your life is chaotic, take a day off. You need it. But don’t spend that day zoned out in front of the TV — instead, set that day off for rethinking your life, reviewing what you do every day, revisiting your goals, and revamping how you do things. Make a list of goals you’d like to accomplish. Begin the process of revising your life. You need to take a step back in order to see the way forward. 2. Create a personal mantra. Create a simple statement of a couple words that you can repeat and post up on your wall that will remind you what you are about and what you’re trying to do. This should encapsulate what you want to accomplish in life. If it’s more than a few words, simplify and shorten it. 3. Set one goal for this week. This is a tough one, because we often have tons of goals we’d like to accomplish. I’m sure you could come up with 10 right now. The key to accomplishing a goal is to have laser-sharp focus, and you can’t do that with more than one goal at a time. In the end, you have no focus at all. The solution: choose just one goal to accomplish this week. 4. Identify the essentials. What things, commitments, people, activities are essential in your life? Make a list, and eliminate the things that are not incredibly essential. These should be the most important things in your life — the things you would want around if nothing else were there. The things you’d like to spend more time doing if you could. 5. Eliminate the rest. Now identify everything else in your life that doesn’t make your short list. And begin to eliminate them as much as possible. Are you stuck doing something you don’t like doing? Get out of it, because it’s stopping you from spending time on what’s important. You control your life. You can change it. 6. Start small. The mistake a lot of people make when trying to change their lives is being too ambitious. We think we can do more than we actually can. Instead, start with a really easy and small goal. Something you know you will accomplish. And then achieve it. For example, if you want to get into shape, instead of trying to work out an hour a day, try just 10-15 minutes for the first week. 7. Make a commitment. The problem often is that we only tell ourselves, or maybe one other person, that we’re going to do something. Instead, commit yourself big — tell the world about it. Announce your goal and then report in regularly, so you are accountable. 8. Find inspiration. One of the best ways to start positive life changes is to find someone else who’s doing it or has done it. You can find great inspiration in people on the Internet, on forums or blogs, in books, in your daily life. Inspiration can take you a long way. 9. Try exercise. Often getting ourselves active can be a great way to get us doing things in other parts of our lives. It makes us feel good, alive, active and productive. It releases stress and gives us time to think. We start to become more fit and confident and happier. 10. Think positive. This was perhaps the most important change I made, and it led to many other positive changes — exercise, eating healthy, organization, productivity, waking early, getting my finances in order. But it all started with learning to think positive. 11. Do it now. We often tell ourselves that we’re going to do something — but not today. We’re going to start exercising, or getting organized — but not right now. Well, it’s now or never. Start changing your life today, even if it’s just something small. 12. Make time for yourself. One of the most important things you can do to start changing your life is to make a regular time that you spend with yourself. An hour a day is ideal. This could be time when you exercise, or read, or meditate, or write, or just take a quiet walk through nature. Whatever you do, spend it on yourself. The four key things to jump start your week, are to 1) not beat yourself up about any of your failures or frustrations, 2) begin thinking positive, and know that you can actually change your life, 3) begin to take action, however small, and 4) build on your small successes.
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