29 October 2012, by A. Cedilla
Well, here we are again, stepping into the dying time of the year –the weather’s turning and work is going on as always.
The supermarkets are pimping out their candy displays, and very early on broke out the costumes for Halloween and trick-or-treat, while in malls retailers are slowly ramping up for the holidays with sales and promotions.
This the last quarter of the year, and we respectfully suggest that you take some dedicated time, a few hours or so, over the course of the next week to look at how much you’ve accomplished this year, and what you want to happen next.
- What memorable events happened in your life this year?
- How much of that was by your own design?
- What else are you planning to finish this year, and how far in are you with those goals? Are you there yet?
- What are you building on those things for next year?
Your actions today are laying the foundation for the house of your tomorrow. Remember? Stepping stones, rungs up the ladder, steps up the mountain you’re climbing or on the road you’ve chosen. You might have missed a few things getting to where you are now — time enough to take a look and see how important those things are to your future plans. Continue reading Using This Time Of The Year To Start Planning Out The Next
08 October 2012, by A. Cedilla
“We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Habits are strange things, aren’t they? Anytime you come near the end of the year, you and most of the people you know might draw up a list of resolutions — a list that really just document your intentions to stop some old habits, and start up new ones.
And you probably have enough life experience by now to know what usually happens to those resolutions, yes?
But when you hit the point of understanding that says, “Yes, I have to change this now or it’s never gonna happen,” what do you do to make sure that the new habit you chose will stick?
Restart as you mean to go on. (Daytimer)
- I will not start my day with Facebook. I will put first things first.
- I will exercise 30 minutes everyday. Promise.
- I will floss every night. I swear this time.
How many Post-Its litter your desk reminding you that “Today is the day!!” for you to establish your new habit? And what happened then?
You need to take your time to build new habits. Look at it from a logistic and temporal point of view: you’ll be laying out a new set of actions to replace an old set.
That means you have to lay out the route, focus on keeping on that route for quite a while, and still have reminders and a systems set up to keep it up until it becomes ingrained.
All this, while still keeping to the bulk of your regular routine. So no, it’s not something that will happen in a few days. You have to make certain adjustments. Continue reading Are Your Routines Doing You any Good?