Two months down ten to go! Yep, March is here in all its glory, and I don’t know about you, but this girl is looking forward to the start of the new season! As I sit her now, the curtains are open, the sun is shining, and after a sluggish start to the year, I’m starting to feel re-energized. How has 2017 been treating you so far? Seeing any progress on those goals you created for yourself?
If it’s been a slow start to the year for you, don’t worry! I haven’t been as disciplined as I would like, which is what’s inspired me to write this post. The good news is there’s still plenty of time in the year for us to make significant strides in accomplishing our goals. Matter of fact, I can’t think of a better time than now to reevaluate, take inventory, and adjust accordingly. After doing that recently, I’ve come to the realization that my progress is being slowed by my lack of consistency.
I know you hear it often, “you’re nothing if you’re not consistent.” As strong of words as those are I would have to agree. Yeah, you can start something without being consistent but will you see the results that you want? Probably not. That’s why I’ve pretty much made being more consistent my biggest focus as I close out the first quarter of this year.
If this sound familiar, I’ve listed five tips that are helping me that I think you’ll find useful! Best of all, they’re super easy to incorporate into your routine!
Establish your purpose before you establish your goals. Of course, our goals are important. However, I believe it’s extremely important to be clear on your why? What value is added or what benefit do you receive from whatever action you’re taking? Knowing you’re why and keeping that at the forefront of what you do is a motivation tool all on its own! When you feel, yourself dragging a bit, tap into your purpose and that inner motivation!
- Create a plan for your day, your week, and your month. I’ve started to make a habit of creating my to-do list at night for the next day. That way I’m starting each day intentionally. And honestly, if you plan your day, you’d be surprised at how much more you’re able to get done.
- Make sure you are prioritizing so that the most important items of your day are always accomplished. We all know there are going to be days when you don’t get everything done. So, let’s make sure it’s something that is not a big deal if it gets rolled into your schedule for the next day.
- Stay positive and take it easy on yourself! Believe it or not, we are our biggest cheerleader and our own worst critic. I know for me, perfection paralysis often leads to procrastination, which in turn hinders my consistency. So from here on out I’m tossing fear, negativity, and doubt out of my mind and urging you to do the same. As long as you are authentic and true to yourself, you cannot go wrong. We can never be perfect, but we can be consistent!
- Finally and maybe most importantly as you’re putting in all this consistent work, make sure you find some time to enjoy yourself! Sometimes with everything I have going on, this can be the easiest thing to sacrifice. But both downtime and self-care are essential in keeping you from experiencing burnout. Put it on your schedule and stick to it, no excuses!
Hope you found these helpful! Talk to me in the comments. What are some of the things you do to help you remain consistent?