How do you do this? It's not always so simple, especially when it comes to changing your life and instilling new habits. Typically, getting things done — new things that you aren't used to doing — requires a series of steps from planning through execution.
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Step 1: Collect information first. You have to start with a little bit of reconnaissance. Do a self-inventory. What are you currently doing? How are your current behaviors affecting your health for better and worse?
After establishing that certain behaviors need changing, seek out ways to change them. Find an exercise program and nutrition program that consistently gets results for people like yourself.
Step 2: Get it off your mind and into a system. Many people fail to take action on their goals and desires simply because they feel overwhelmed. More likely than not, you have many responsibilities going on at once right now and have a hard time keeping track of them all.
There is no need to feel overwhelmed. The best way to get all of your responsibilities off your mind is to organize your thoughts and write them down.
Write down what you have to do, list a desired outcome, and note any next steps to take. It is also important to set up reminders.
For example, let's say you want to find time to work out this week. You might be struggling to do so because you keep thinking about everything else you have going on: packing for that business trip, cooking dinner, etc.
By writing down all of the various tasks you have to do, you can begin to put them into a system.
Step 3: A time and a place for all things. Now that you have all of your major tasks written down, put them into your schedule. Picking a specific time of day to work out will make you less likely to worry about it because you know that it has its own time to occur.
If you have a smart phone, there are some really good apps that will "remind" you to get your tasks done within the deadlines you set.
Organizing your life as I've presented will leave you with a clearer mind to more effectively "get stuff done"
When you have a reminder system in place, you don't have to worry about uncompleted tasks until you get a reminder to do so.
Step 4: Take action. Now that you have a system in place and a reminder to perform the task. The last step is just to do it.
Chad Smith is a Hagerstown personal trainer and co-owner of Home Team Fitness LLC. Go to www.hometeamfitness.net for more information.