Getting Yourself Motivated and Organised for the Year Ahead 351

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The following article is a guest post.

Whatever goals you’ve set yourself this year, the one thing you’re going to need to achieve them is motivation. Without motivation, it’s much harder to stay focused on what you want to achieve.

New Year’s resolutions are a fantastic example of how important motivation is. Have you ever noticed you start off well with your resolutions only to get back into the same bad habits a month or so later? This happens a lot and it’s all down to motivation.  So, how can you get and more importantly, stay motivated and organised for the year ahead? Below you’ll discover some of the best tips which can help.

Identify triggers and replace bad habits.

Before you can make any changes in life, you need to first identify exactly what it is which needs to change. Identifying your triggers for any bad habits you may have, gives you the opportunity to banish them and replace bad habits with good ones.

Say, for example, you tend to develop sugar cravings throughout the day. The cravings are a trigger for a learned routine, such as grabbing a glass of fizzy pop or eating a handful of sweets for an instant sugar rush. However, it’s possible to change this routine by recognising the trigger and then doing something totally different to get the same reward. When you experience a craving, do some push-ups or head out on a walk. Soon, you’ll start to associate the craving with physical exercise and the reward is the feel-good endorphins you’ll experience. 

Record your progress and thoughts.

By far one of the most effective ways of staying motivated to achieve your goals, is to record your progress. If you can see that you are making progress, it will boost your motivation and push you forward.

You can also use a diary from companies such as Collins Debden, to record your thoughts and feelings. Often, it’s easy to forget that a large part of moving forward and achieving your goals is to combat the mental barriers, as well as the physical ones. Keeping a diary can help you to identify certain factors which may be hampering your success, as well as help you to set positive affirmations which can really help boost motivation.

Surround yourself with motivation.

Finally, it’s always good to surround yourself with motivation.

What really motivates you? Is it other people? If so, following fitness gurus on social media could be a great first step.

Or maybe you find it inspiring to look up motivational quotes? Create a folder or diary packed full of your favourite motivational quotes which you can come back to when you need a motivational boost.

These are just some of the great tips you can follow to stay motivated and organised in the year ahead. Gaining motivation is one thing, but keeping it is entirely another. So, it’s important to focus on ways to boost motivation when times get tough.

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The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

Yes, How You Look Does Count.

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While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.