Tuesday, February 23, 2016
I'm at day 52 for a more disciplined life. I woke up at 4:30 am and felt rather happy.
Prayed, studied, journal and went for a walk. I only done it 2 times over the days off. But I felt good. I accomplished a few things that I've been wanting to.
Usually being up that early would sometimes mean that I'd be a wee bit sleepy by noon. Which is true. But then again I would be sleepy too if I were to wake up at 7. One big change is that, I'd be so tired I'd drift off to sleep almost immediately in the evenings.
I find myself clearer with what I need to do. And I forget bad emotions somewhat quicker as I focus on my goals each day.
I love this new experience and happy that I've made the decision to start my days earlier with a set of routines. I've still ways to go to get the habit ingrained in my system but I'm on my way... that is for sure.
Thank you for reading!! :)
Sunday, February 14, 2016
So in my effort to try again, I've looked at what went wrong with the way I do things. One reason I was not motivated enough, and the reason that my motivation just went down is because I didn't have a specific goal. My goal was rather vague. I didn't know that - Being able to speak confidently by end of such and such year is not good enough.
What I've learnt and what I want to share here about goal setting is that, you need to do it the SMART way.
S- specific. Be as specific as you can. Say if you want to learn a new language. What are the resources you are going to stick to. How many hours a day you are willing to dedicate a day or a week.
M- measurable. There is a need to be able to measure the progress. If you don't know where you are at, you won't be motivated to push yourself. Weigh it every 2 days for example. Or speak to someone in the new language you are trying to learn.
A - achievable. It should be achievable. Saying to myself I will learn 1000 words a month sounds a wee bit overwhelming and that would be demotivating. I should say 1 or 2 words a day minimum and use these words frequently perhaps that sounds a little bit less scary.
R - realistic. You want to lose 10 kgs in a week perhaps would be unrealistic and down right dangerous. In case of learning a new language, its okay to not be able to speak like a native and make lots of mistakes.
T - time bound. There should be a deadline - starting time and when you will end. Without one you wouldn't push yourself to finish a work, you tend to procrastinate more and eventually lose the motivation altogether. For losing weight you can say you'd like to lose a kg for the first month.
I'm just resetting back all my goals and start from this. It takes a bit of thought and a whole lot of discipline that is for sure. But I do believe that by setting goals and sticking to it would increase my chance of achieving my dreams by 99.9% at least. I'm sure of that. Let's review all this again by end of 2016 shall we? :)
Thanks for reading!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Don't judge your day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you sow. - R.L.S
For the first few weeks these were the things I concentrated on.