What do I do first?
There is a lot to do and little time to do it. Learn what is really important to you for
you, in your life and career. Take care
of what must have to be taken care of, and that only you can take care of.
Delegate and leverage those tasks that need to be done, but
not necessarily by you, to others.
Delegating and leveraging effectively will free up chunks of time for
you to focus and to take care of other priorities that can only be done by
Simplify your process. Test it out to see what works. Mark Zuckerberg wears the same shirt to work out. He simplified his action to work out. He doesn’t have to take time thinking what is he going to wear to work out. He is practical. He frees up time on unimportant stuffs to utilize his time on things that matter. So start simplifying your systems to get you to get thing s done. I for example, make me a juice or a smoothie daily. I wash my veggies before placing them in the fridge. Then in the morning, I just take my veggies out and make the juice. I have simplified the process to help me to get my juice done each day. But when I used to put my veggies in the fridge without washing them first, I did not make my veggies daily. It would take weeks and even longer for me to make my juice or smoothies. Making my veggie juice and drinking it is a top priority for me. Some tasks if not really important can be crossed out as done, by simply removing them from the to do list altogether.
Incorporating one healthy habit can be more sustainable than
trying to start too many habits at once.
You don’t want to start making changes that will not withstand the long
run. So start small, start with one, but
make that one stay. Once that one is in
place, incorporate another one, and so on.
It is proven that starting one habit at a time creates more results than trying to take on too many at once. Your healthy lifestyle is for life, not just for a few days, weeks or months. Do it the right way. Real things take time, take discipline, but the good thing is that by focusing on one positive change at a time, it will yield real results if you are disciplined.
So incorporate one healthy habit at once. It is said that it takes twenty-one days of
repetition to create a habit. Once you
have your habit on auto pilot, in other words, that you do it without much effort
or subconsciously, then you can incorporate the next one and so on. The important thing is to be consistent.
Time, time, time, why when I need you to go slow, you go
fast? Why when I need you to go fast you
go slow? Time, time, time, you are so precious.
You don’t discriminate. Time,
time, time, everything will pass and you will continue to be time.
You keep on going and you always are. You don’t take breaks. You simply don’t stop. I ought to respect you. I must work well with you.
Be kind time, time be kind.
The day has twenty four hours every single day. Yet why do some days feel shorter and why
others feel longer. She/He who masters
time, masters’ life.
Have you ever find yourself sharing your ideas, goals, dreams with someone close to you, thinking they will be excited and rooting for you. Next you find out they will be the first one to make you feel doubt and discourage you before you even begin. This is why many people have become guarded with whom they share their dreams and goals.
They will look to guard themselves from someone who:
Will not genuinely support them.
Cares about them but who will make the wrong comments or suggestions out of fear.
Wants you to play it safe and avoid pursuing your biggest goals and dreams because they are not guaranteed to happen.
Sometimes there will be people close to you who will not give you the support you thought they would. Don’t let this discourage you. If this happens, you must still keep on going. Learn that this doesn’t only happen to you. Most people who started something they wanted or believed in, found some form of opposition.
Oftentimes believe it or not, that opposition can come from oneself. When you find a thousand excuses not to do something, not to start something, that’s opposition coming from within. And out of all oppositions you may face, the one from within is the worst of all.
So let’s work on yourself by being your number one fan to yourself. Root for yourself. Despite of oppositions (conscious or unconscious), there are still so many people who inspire us to be our best, who motivate us. And even when you feel lonely on your own quest, keep on going. Stay away from those who discourage you and find your community of support. Those who genuinely care about you and have your best interest at heart will soon or later also join in with encouragement and support.
I am working on ways to plan more often, to be more organized and to help me achieve my goals. I love the process because I am finding what works for me. I love note taking and I really like the process of planning and organizing. However, sometimes the process of planning can go on and on and on…without execution. You’ve heard the saying “Prepare to plan or plan to fail.” Well, I say prepare to execute your plan or plan to fail. A plan without execution is nothing but a wish, or a dream, or nothing at all.
So I say, yes, do plan, but don’t over plan. Rather, execute your plan and in the execution process you will find out if your plan works or if you need to tweak it or change the plan altogether. Now that I have a family of my own and I’m also a career woman, time has become even more precious to me. So I like to simplify processes that still will create great results. But I am also learning by doing. I am learning that making small steps consistently can even be more powerful than taking big leaps once in a blue moon.
I recommend the book The Self Discipline Blueprint by Patrick Edblad. I like this book because this book is about getting you to have the discipline to do what you need to do. But this book is also about self-care. It covers topics about the importance of having a good nutrition, about sleeping enough quality hours, about moving your body and staying active and it tells you why these things are important. And then you understand that if you want to accomplish certain goals in your life, you better start working on the things that will help you get there.
This morning I woke up at five in the morning as usual. I made my veggie juice and prepared breakfast. Great! that was part of the plan. When I came home this evening, I had dinner. I did not make my veggie juice right away, as I wanted some time space between dinner and the juice.
I then started playing with my baby (he is a toddler already). He wanted mom’s attention and after not seeing him during the day, it was only fair that we had some us time before his bedtime. We had some quality time and then he asked for milk and we headed to bed. As usual I stayed by his side until he fell asleep…and then I fell asleep too.
My body did not want to get up to make the veggie juice. I did not want to get up. But then I heard my inner voice telling me “get up and make your veggie juice.” And just like that, I got up, walked myself to the kitchen and made my carrot, celery, apple and lemon juice. I am so glad I did. I almost did not make it, but my inner voice told me to and I knew it was the right thing to do. I’m glad I listened to my inner voice. When you know immediately it is the right thing to do, listen to your inner voice.
Did you know that one of the best medicines for the physical body and for the soul is laughter? Laughter changes your entire physiology. Laughter makes you want to live. Laughter lifts you up. Laughter makes you optimistic and it helps you look at the world with a positive outlook.
Sometimes it feels difficult to laugh, especially with so many crazy things happening around the world. But it is important now more than ever to promote joy, to promote laughter. Let’s promote healing not hate. Let’s promote compassion. Let’s promote love.
Let’s not take things so serious. And let’s be serious about laughing more. Practice genuinely laughing more. This is an amazing therapy for the body and the soul. Smile to those around you and they will start smiling too.
To conclude this post, I will leave you with some short jokes below. I hope you laugh or that at least they make you smile. Here they are:
Being grateful for the little things will help you to be grateful for the big things. You heard the saying “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If you don’t give the first step because you think it’s too small or too little, you will not be able to celebrate the big milestones.
It is being consistent with the little steps and being grateful of those small achievements that will help us to accomplish bigger and bigger ones. It is enjoying the journey, enjoying the process. It is being bold enough to go ahead and do something even when you feel you are not fully ready to do so.
Many of us wait to do things “when we are ready.” What is this? When we are ready? So what if you are not perfect in the beginning. Begin it anyways. So what if you get criticized for working on that thing that you feel deeply about. Work on it anyways. You will become better and better in the process of doing that which you think you are not yet ready for. So stop making excuses and do it anyways; even if you think it sucks.
Keep grinding and keep working hard. Don’t just work when you feel motivated to do so, because then you will be inconsistent. That’s why discipline is so important; discipline helps you do the work whether you feel like doing it or not. Work on it; work at it. Do your thing. Don’t give a care about the negative criticism. Negative criticism is created to see if you care enough to do it regardless of the negative critics. Amazing things can happen when you do what you need to do, when you work on what you need to work. So work on what you need to work.
Excuse me Nike if this phrase has been trade marked. My produces were delivered from Whole Foods this morning. Immediately I got in the kitchen and cleaned my carrots, celeries, apples, etc. Right after cleaning my produces, I prepped my veggie juice and drank it. There was not much thinking; I just did it.
I know healthy eating is part of healthy living. I don’t have to overthink these things…making, drinking vegetable juices. I feel good when I drink them. I know my body is super happy when I drink them. If my organs could speak and make gestures, I could imagine my digestive system, my kidney, my liver, my lymphatic system, smiling and saying “yes! this is what I need!”
Then why do I sometimes overthink drinking my veggie juice? I know part of it is that my palate craves the processed foods over the whole foods. But I also know that when I have my produces ready in my fridge; when I prep my veggies in advance and they are ready to go in the blender or the juice extractor at any time, it’s much easier for me to just make the juice and drink it. If I have to clean the veggies each time I have to make a healthy veggie juice, there will be a lesser chance of me making the juice. So I’ve discovered that cleaning all the veggies before placing them in the fridge, will increase my chances of being successful on drinking, and eating my veggies. Because when I come home tired, I have less steps to take to make my healthy drink.
Planning and prepping are keys to have execution. When execution happens, success is achieved. Then just repeat the process each time.
Wow, my mom was laughing so hard that it made me start laughing too. Happiness is contagious. She turned another year young. I was so happy to see her laughing with abandon. We went out for dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack. My oldest niece who went with us was also cracking up. Really, everyone on the table was just laughing and having fun.
It had been a while since I saw her laughing the way she did. It made me ask myself this question: How can we create more moments like this on a regular basis? Let me know below any ideas you have on little simple things we can do to create more laughter in our daily living.
With lots of love!
P.S. Find ways to laugh today (and every day)…not just smile. Laughter is great for your health.