We received some inspiring words today via email. We want to share them and you should personally insert your name so that you too can become inspired by them!
"Yes, that's right (insert your name), this is exactly how things look before your life blasts off... Houston, we have ignition."
Those simple words inspired us today because we know that Time Managed is ready for take off! We know our next steps into uncharted territory. What are yours?
"Houston, We have ignition."
That is a picture of a vision board. What does your future look like? We recently heard depression defined as a lack of ability to imagine the future. If you are not actively participating in building your future then it is easy to become depressed. Goal setting is a great way to build you future and help motivate you to accomplish things. Rewarding yourself for reaching goals is fun too. Today, we wanted to share some tips for setting goals. A goal is simply a dream with a deadline!
We suggest making a "bucket list" of at least 100 goals; in the Time Managed planner there is lines for 101. Don't be afraid to dream big or write down the smallest task as a goal. For example, one of your goals could be to own a Tablet computer and another could be to own a Villa in Italy. Big or little setting the goal is what matters. Make your big list and then make sure your goals meet the SMART criteria.
T= Time Sensitive
What the SMART acronym basically implies is that your goals should be realistic, have a date set to achieve them by, and be fairly detailed. For example, owning a tablet becomes own a Samsung Galaxy TAB 3, 7" display, by October 28th, 2014. Or owning a Villa in Italy becomes owning a 3 bedroom house in Tuscany by summer of 2016.
Please share your examples of SMART goals in the comments section below.
What are you thankful for? If you are not thankful for what you have; how can you ever expect to get any more (of anything). The beginning of the Time Managed planners has an area to write down 101 things you are grateful for. We encourage our clients to write down the first 20 when we train them on how to do the planner. If you can't write down 20 things you are thankful for in two minutes, then it's likely that you need some practice with gratitude! Try it now... Set a timer for two minutes and write down 20 things, people, etc. that you are thankful for. This is a great exercise to practice with your kids too. Have them write down 10 things they are grateful for; they may give you some good perspective on what you should be thankful for.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." -Melody Beattie
Or is it taking the time to connect? Do you talk WITH people or do you talk AT people? Are you taking the time to listen to what people are really saying? You may be surprised at what you hear.
Alan Weiss puts it rather succinctly "We are vanity publishers on social media, voicemail leavers and retrievers, email bumblebees. We tend to deal in messages, not communication." Where has the art of conversation gone? People sit in the same room and communicate via text message!? This should be absurd; but it's a widely accepted practice.
The radio this morning was discussing the practice of "phone stacking;" which is when everyone puts their phone in a stack at the table for the duration of dinner, drinks, coffee, etc. Whoever touches their phone during the meal or meeting has to but dinner, drinks, etc. If no one "breaks down" and touches their phone then the meal is evenly split.
We encourage people to stop playing candy crush, turn off the TV, try phone stacking, and start to really connect with people!
Success magazine had an article in the November 2013 issue about "tiny habits." The principle is worth teaching. The basics are:
The article also suggests breaking goals down into steps. For example, your goal is to run everyday; start the first day by just putting on your running close. On the second day put your running clothes and shoes on. On the third day put your running clothes and shoes on and step out the door. And so on, breaking it into small steps daily help to solidify the habit.
Also, don't forget step 3, CELEBRATE IMMEDIATELY, our brains can't recognize when we wait too long to celebrate. By celebrating immediately we are rewarding the behavior in a way our brains recognize.