Stuck in a cubicle, for 70 hours a week, working on something you’re not passionate about. All the sitting has made your hips, ankles, neck and back tight and your body doesn’t feel like it used it. All of the mental stress has started to add up and it’s affecting your sleep, social life and drive. When you get done with work all it feels like you have enough energy for is to crawl up to your room and sleep. The cycle repeats, you start to gain weight, start to feel worse, start to have less drive and passion. Sound familiar? Sound like something you’re deathly afraid of happening to you? Well these commandments are for you. Take control of your life before it takes control of you! These ideas are ones that I have talked to my friends and family about, that work these jobs, that they feel have made a great impact on how they feel, live and enjoy their lives both at and after work. Lets dive in.
1) Make your Bed and Clean your Room
A interesting start to a post from a strength coach trying to help you improve how you feel and live your life, but try it and let me know how that day goes for you. Its something so small but it’s a win for the day. Its momentum that you created and it’s a decision that you made, that you had full control over. These things are so powerful in a corporate world where it may feel like you have no control over the decisions you make. It brings a little order to the chaos that you’ll face throughout the day. It’ll also reduce your stress levels at the end of the day when you come home and feel like the tasks to do are adding up. Biggest thing I see with people that feel stuck are ones that have created a huge list of things they have to do and it scares them out of doing any of them. Start small and start making progress. Every morning make sure you make your bed and have a clean room.
2) Get a roadmap for your life, Set Goals
Would you go on a road trip across country without planning your route and how to get there? When to stop and where to sleep? Of course not! Do you know how stressful that’d be! So why are we doing this with our life? If you don’t have a plan and direction on where you wanna go and who you want to be, there’s going to be so much added stress to your life! Lets change this! Spend an hour of your day to map out your goals for the next year. Then map out what you have to do each month to get closer to that goal. Then map out what you have to do each week to get to your monthly goals. Finally you can break it down to what you have to accomplish every single day to get to where you wanna go. This makes getting that promotion or quitting that job and starting somewhere new or just becoming a better person so much less stressful. Have a plan and map it out every day. Set your daily goals. They don’t have to be huge but they have to be leading you in the right direction!