Yes, it is February already! January is over, your New Year’s resolutions all but forgotten, and the kids are back at school. So are you dreading the impending year? Or looking forward to getting into the swing of it? Here at Ballarat Chiropractic we have a lot of big things planned, 2020 is going to be a huge year. So, we need to plan and be prepared for whatever this year throws our way. Dr Kristian and Dr Bridget have a habit of doing a lot of things in a short amount of time (remember when we took over the practice from Dr Bernie, bought a house and got married within 2 months??) so we are very practiced at planning and preparing to succeed. To help you achieve and stress less this year, here are our tips for planning for success!
5 ways to plan for success:
1. Set Goals
For goal setting to work the best it can, make sure your goals are SMART, that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Be able to measure your goal and be specific when you set it, of course make it realistic and achievable and give yourself sufficient time. Chances are you’re not going to be able to save a million dollars this year (ha!), but putting away a small amount each week that you are not going to miss will leave you with possibly a nice holiday fund for next year.
You know that task that you have to do, but keep putting off? Or that task that fills you with dread every time you think about doing it? Delegate! Ask, or pay, someone to help you, because chances are the thing you dread is someone else’s favourite task. Then it is off your to-do list, and you can focus your energy elsewhere into something you love doing.
3. Meal plan
Ever get home from work with hungry kids and stand in front of the fridge wondering “What can I make for dinner?” Do all the hard work at once, make a week or two of planned out meals, even if it is just a rough guide. It will give you an easy shopping list, less food waste and nightly dinner inspiration. Being a little prepared with your food will help stop reaching for easy junk foods, which can help your energy levels in the long run.
4. Prepare your body
We all know that we need to train to run a marathon. It requires long runs, short runs, cross training, in short a lot of work goes into this massive event. Think of every day as your own mini marathon. You are standing, walking, carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling and more all day long. So train accordingly. I’m not saying that you need to be at the gym everyday, but just doing some simple bodyweight exercises at home can help your muscles get the strength they need to get you through the day. Get adjusted by your chiro when you notice any niggles to stop them becoming big problems. Stretch your muscles and move your joints regularly, warm up before any activity (including gardening or lifting kids). Know what is coming up for you and prepare your body accordingly.
5. Prepare your mind
A positive mindset can create positive experiences. If you are dreading your upcoming tasks, chances are you are not going to enjoy them. But if you can find a small silver lining, something that you like about the task (even if it is that you will be finished soon!) it will make it a much more positive experience for you. So put on some music you like, ask for someone to help, anything that will make it more enjoyable for you. Create an intention that you will enjoy completing this task and see if it helps you through.
So by following these guides to planning for success, you will have clear goals and checkpoints, enjoy doing your tasks or find someone who enjoys doing them for you, be well fed and have a body that is ready for anything! Now that sounds like a plan!
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