February 19, 2019
This is a really appropriate week for me to talk about switching things up, since I didn’t have time to post this on Sunday!
Hello friends! Happy 3rd week of February! We’re almost through the hump of this month and I can’t even tell you how excited that makes me. This past week was rough on my mental health for sure. But, my small victory is, I finished my taxes!!! If you’re not a self-employed person, you have no idea how hard it is to do your own business taxes. Especially when you’re like me and were very unprepared for it. But I did it!! I learned so much from that awful experience and I’ll be doing things much differently this year for next tax time!
Since I struggled so hard this week, I decided if I wanted to get my goals done, I had to switch it up and try to make them more “fun” to me so I wouldn’t just drown myself in misery.
You can all probably tell by now, but my main goal I tend to quit is working out. Why do I have such a hard time you ask? I don’t know (says as I eat a whole box of girl scout cookies in 1 day). But that’s my weak spot (the working out and the girl scout cookies).
I’ve spent the past 2 weeks trying super hard to keep up my workouts and making food at home to bring as my lunch or dinner at work. I worked so hard at staying on that wagon that I fell off another, reading!! I love reading! I read 100 books in 2017. It was my goal to read 100 in 2018, but that fell off the wagon too. I hadn’t noticed until literally this week that I’ve been over-focusing in one area and neglecting the others.
So here’s this weeks tips for switching things up and keeping them fun!
– If you hyper-focus on one task at a time, like I do, try switching it up by making smaller goals to focus on. For me, this means stop obsessing about my apple watch and take a look at what I’m really trying to achieve. I need to switch up how I’m approaching my goals and make sure I can focus on all of them equally. That’s simple for me, I can read while I walk on the treadmill. Or read at night instead of watching crime videos on YouTube. The last one would also help another goal I have of cutting my screen time. Take a good look at all of your goals and see how you can multitask, focus on all of them, and help yourself work smarter not harder on achieving them all!
– Switch up your actual goals! My goal is to workout every day. That doesn’t mean I have to lift weights every day or jog every day. I just have to exercise. I switched this up the other day when I was feeling super depressed. I actually almost didn’t go down to my basement (my “home gym”) that day. But I did. And instead of running, walking, yoga, or lifting weights, I did obstacle courses with Gabriel. Yep, we turned out basement into multiple obstacle courses. It involved running, jumping, running up and down the stairs, and doing smaller activities like planking, using our exercise ball, and lifting weights (Gabriel’s weight is 3 pounds!). I actually burned more calories doing that for 20 minutes than I can doing 45 minutes of weight lifting since it was all pure cardio.
– Make it a challenge or game! This one works great if your goal is something like cleaning the house. Sometimes I even reward myself if I get my goals done. I bought myself a super cute pair of leggings from work and told myself I had to work out at least 4 times a week all of January to “earn” them. Just that small thing helped me get up and do it. I was totally like “I NEED THE LEGGINGS!!” Making it a “challenge” with a reward helped motivate me when I was feeling sad, and I held myself accountable for it! So needless to say, I’m wearing the leggings now!
We’re in the home stretch of February! The weather has to clear up soon (it literally has to right?!) Spring is right around the corner. The last bit of dreary cold weather is going to end, and so is this February slump of unmotivation. So here’s to a better week, and switching things up! See you all soon!
Morgan Macias is a senior and
family portrait photographer
based in Wichita, KS
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