There are plenty of times that we find ourselves waking up mid-week not really knowing what day it is and feeling totally unmotivated to achieve goals we’ve set. You might even ask yourself, “what goals?!”. This feeling can be so tiring at times that you can’t even remember your goals! Trust me, you’re not alone!! Rather than just wallowing in our lack of motivation how can we get out of it and refocus? Glad you asked!!
There are several ways I get myself back on track and focused rather than just staying lost in the day-to-day.
1. Goal setting
This is my favorite because many times those BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals I wrote about here) seem to be so far off that we forget why we are doing what we are doing. I was having dinner with some friends last week and this topic came up as my my friend was talking about completing her dissertation for her doctorate program. (Yeah, I have some pretty awesome friends! Just being around them is encouraging, ha.)
Anyway, after she finished telling us about her plans post grad she says, “man, it feels good to reflect on all of these things because sometimes I forget what I’m working towards.”
That stuck with me because I could truly relate! (If you don’t have goals, stop reading right now!! Check out THIS POST and this post and then come back to this later!)
It’s common to get bogged down by our daily activities and forget why we are evening doing them. The act of setting goals, adjusting them and reminding yourself of them regularly (at least weekly) is great motivation and helps you remain focused when you’re feeling bogged down by the day-to-day tasks.
2. Daily Exercise
Yeah, yeah, yeah I can hear you now, “I don’t have time” or “I’m too tired”. Stop! Those are excuses. You just have to break the cycle! Daily exercise has proven time and time again to increase motivation and increase focus on the tasks at hand. People who exercised during their workday were 23 percent more productive on those days than they were when they didn’t exercise, says a recent study from the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.
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Most of all, don’t think you have to spend an hour+ working out. Just start doing something active each day and see how much more focused you feel! I bet you’ll also be encouraged by the physical changes you will begin see as well. 😉
Coach Taylor covered this in this blog. It might surprise you!
3. Eat Whole Food
Having a set plan in place can be so helpful when you truly need to focus your attention elsewhere and you’re struggling to do so. Not only are you more likely to reach physical goals by eating whole food, but you’re also functioning better because you are getting the nutrients you need through the day. My advice is to set yourself up a meal plan for the week. Prepare your foods and have them ready to go. Then, you can easily portion out your meals the day before and have them waiting for you when it’s time to eat. This will allow you to focus your energy on the things that need your attention and you don’t have to concern yourself with what you’re going to eat. It saves SO MUCH TIME during the day not having to think about what you need to eat and then taking the extra time to prepare it or buy it which totally interrupts your workflow!
Overall, in order to remain focused and motivated we have to be intentional. No doubt these easy steps will help you focus and stay motivated, but they will also help you FEEL better and reach fat loss goals. Win-Win! If you have used these steps or have actions of your own that you do to help yourself focus we’d love to hear about them below…
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