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It is not enough to be busy. The question is: what are you busy about? Henry David Thoreau

This morning the extra hour made it easier to get up at five o’clock. It is still too dark to go for a walk at six. In my morning reading, Brendon Burchard says in The Motivation Manifesto we should write our goals down in the morning before everyone starts to push and pull us toward their ends.

When we’ve decided what our goals for the day are, we can then work around other people’s demands. There is something about scheduling commitments to our self that is more of a commitment than when it is just in our head.

One of the problems we have in our lives is fitting in the things that need to be done, should be done, or could be done. We need to move some of the could’s and should’s into the schedule. We feel we don’t have enough time to fit everything in, but what if we figured out how to do things in less time.

Last night flicking through the channels my husband came upon a show about what we really have to do to be fitter. The answer is less than we think. Instead of ten thousand steps per day, three ten minute brisk walks are more effective because they raise our heart rate. Twenty seconds of high-intensity activity elevates our heart rate.

Two rounds of one minute of jumping jacks followed by one minute of squats is an effective workout we can do anywhere without gym equipment, or spending any money.

Writing every day doesn’t mean hours of writing, it does mean actually writing something and creating a habit of writing. We can do the same with fitness, some small form of exercise fits into our life, if we do it every day we will develop a fitness habit.

Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them, and there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them. Jim Rohn

If I take a couple of minutes every morning to schedule my day it will become a habit, and being more organized makes achieving our goals easier. Sometimes if we don’t write down our goals they remain hazy and unformed in our minds. At the beginning of the year, I found some yearly journals and I bought a bunch in various colors. I haven’t used them nearly enough. The one I like the best has the week on one page and a blank page opposite for planning. The mistake I made was thinking I should have journals for different parts of my life instead of one very messy journal with everything in it. My goal until the end of the year is to use one journal to plan my days and weeks.

If we don’t make a plan it can be harder to meet our goals. Carving out a little time for ourselves for exercise, creative pursuits, reading, even important phone calls can seem daunting, but once we’ve written it down we are more likely to get it done.

Instead of starting out January 1st, today is the day to make whatever changes we want to make today, and tomorrow is the day to make whatever changes we want to make tomorrow. No one else will do for us what we need to do for ourselves.

If we write our goals down we have more of a chance of meeting them. They will, of course, need to be revised but at least we’ve set a goal to meet, revise, and maybe even change. Isn’t that better than having no goals and moving aimlessly towards what? Is it time for making plans and setting goals?

You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential. Steve Garvey

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. Tony Robbins

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. Unknown

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