Gooooooood Morning!

Let’s just be real: getting out of bed in the morning SUCKS sometimes.

The warm covers seem to hold you captive.

You know that once you get up, the real work begins.

I’m going to share something with you that has made my mornings, and my entire days, go a lot smoother.

It’s a very simple thing that I never really added to my daily routine because I didn’t understand the benefits of it, but now that I do, I literally don’t go a day without it.

So what is it?

Stretching!

What…..really?

Yes! It’s fantastic.

Since I added Pilates to my routine, I feel so much better and stretching is a huge part of it. I don’t work out every day, but on days that I don’t, I still stretch.

This stretching routine is the one that I have been doing, but I’m sure there are TONS of them out there.

In fact, I found a yoga stretching routine the other day that I have yet to try.

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This is called the Sun Salutation. It supposedly stretches every muscle in your body, opens up your body systems, and helps you start off your day all nice and relaxed.

Is there anyone who would be interested in implementing this particular stretching routine into their day with me? I’m going to do it every morning for a week and see if I like it enough to continue doing it, and I just thought it would be fun to have someone do it with me and see if they liked it too 🙂

Regardless of what stretching you do, I would recommend at least trying some sort of stretching routine when you wake up for at least a week. Your body will begin to feel better, plus it’s a great way to wake up.

For extra bonus points, have a cup of tea with some coconut oil in it as well 😀

It’s not so hard to wake up and get to work when you start the day off right 🙂

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Busy as a Bee

Something interesting happened to me and I wanted to share.

Things have been kind of in a weird, stagnate place for me lately. I have been waiting on a job to start (which it finally has!) and couldn’t really start any new projects or make any decisions until the job went through. This left me with a limited amount of work to do, and I discovered that I HATE not working.

Don’t get me wrong; I was doing some things, but I had too much free time. I have known for a while that I like to be busy, but it was only when I realized that I didn’t have enough to work on that I remembered how much I hate it. To me, life is about pushing yourself to your fullest potential in every way possible.

So let me ask you this: are you pushing yourself or just floating along?

Do you have periods where you look around and realize that you could be doing or learning so much more and you’re just not?

If this is true, let me encourage you to make whatever changes you need to fix that.

Don’t allow yourself to stagnate when you could be flourishing.

One Thing at a Time

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Have you ever looked at your work schedule for the week and been overwhelmed?

The amount of work that you have to get done can sometimes be a daunting task to take on.

That feeling is all too familiar to me.

However, out of desperation to keep my sanity, I started doing something to help with this without even realizing it.

Instead of thinking about what all I have to do for the week, I just focus on what I have to get done that day. Even more specific, I only work on one thing at a time.

Never have I tried this before to the extent I am now, and it really makes me way less stressed.

I don’t even pay attention to what I need to get done the rest of the week, or the rest of the day. I throw all of my time and attention into the task at hand, and then when that’s done, I move on to the next one. It’s great! Not only do I get things done a lot easier without procrastinating because I’m too stressed to actually start anything, I enjoy what I’m doing more. Not only that, but since all of my attention and focus is on the task at hand, I also do a better job on them.

The way that I go about doing this is by making a list. I plan out what all I need to get done that week, and each day. This is subject to change of course. However, every day after I’m done working, I make a list for the next day and just cross things off as I go. I also give myself a general time frame of how long it will take to do each task. This is based on how long it has taken me to do the task, or similar tasks, in the past. This helps keep me on track as well.

I’m not sure why I started doing this. It wasn’t intentional. I’m to the point where if I try to think of all the things I have to do, I automatically just stop thinking about them. It’s actually kind of nice!

So, if you find yourself being stressed by a huge workload, don’t be! Stop for a minute; take a breather. Then, write down all of the things that you have to do for the day, and just do them one by one.

I’m sure there are other methods, but this is the one that I have come up with. I would love to hear about any others 🙂

Just trying to share my experiences so maybe someone can get something out of them 🙂

The Art of Procrastination

Your deadline is approaching, and you suddenly realize that you don’t have NEAR as much done as you wanted to by this point.

So what do you do? You begin scrambling, kicking it into high gear to get your work together in time, worrying that you won’t quite be able to add in all the details that you had planned.

If this has ever happened to you, then you know what I am talking about, and all the stress that you can cause yourself.

If this happens to you quite often, then you are a master of procrastination.

I happen to be one of those people who have spent a lifetime developing the skill, perfecting it into an art that some might even call astonishing.

There are people who can manage to get by with always doing their work last minute, by why just get by when you could be progressing and becoming more and more productive?

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This is a note that I read at least two times every single day to remind myself to use the time like the precious resource that it is and to not waste it.

Having deadlines can be difficult, but if you have a boss or teacher or coworker to remind you and hold you (or your job) accountable, it makes it just a bit easier to meet those deadlines.

When you are an entrepreneur or freelancer, the only person telling you what to do or keeping you accountable is yourself.

YOU are the only one to blame when you procrastinate too long and miss your chance to get on board with that great team, idea, or project.

Don’t let it happen to you!

You know that you can rise above it.

Imagine all the things that you could get done in 8 hours of working, utilizing every minute of your time to be productive.

Or, you could spend entirely too much time distracting yourself with all of these other things that you KNOW you could do after you get your work done.

When it only takes you two hours to write that article because you utilized those two hours instead of dragging it into four, you could write tomorrow’s article with that extra two hours. Or have time to get that Excel spreadsheet done. Or have time to run those errands you would have otherwise had to put off until tomorrow.

The less you procrastinate, the more you can get done. The more you get done, the more you CAN get done, which leads to a higher level of productivity overall.

If you want to move forward in your company, with your personal goals, with ANYTHING, stop putting it off, and treat the seconds that tick by as a resource and tool, not an endless luxury that you can waste. It is valuable, and you are valuable enough and smart enough to use it to benefit yourself and your goals.

Thank you, wise Post-It, for reminding us of what we already know, but sometimes struggle with. May your wisdom be applied to our lives so that we stop browsing Facebook so much and start pushing our potential as enthusiastic, productive workers and as human beings. Amen!