The end of the year is quickly coming and to celebrate it’s passing the Carnival of Well-Being is focusing on the last day of the year: December 31st is No Interruptions Day. No Interruptions Day can take on many different meanings, but to me, I see this as a time to take the last day of the year to focus on yourself uninterrupted. This is a great day to reflect on how you have progressed the last year. It’s also a perfect time to decide what you want to focus on in the next year to improve your health, fitness and well-being. By focusing on what you want to do in the coming year and making a plan you’ll be all ready to face the year with without letting interruptions get in your way.
Taking time to review your progress during the last year on No Interruptions Day is a perfect way to decide how you want to proceed in the new year. Have you met your personal goals for this past year? Did you lose the weight you wanted to? Did you participate in more exercise? Did you run that 5K you promised yourself you were going to enter? Make a list of the things you wanted to accomplish – whether you accomplished them or not. Check off the things you did complete. Be sure to add any extra accomplishments to your list too. For those items that you didn’t achieve reflect on why they are incomplete. Did you lose focus? Did that thing become less important for some reason? Did you simply neglect to do what would have been necessary to achieve it? Don’t beat yourself up about the things that remain undone, this is just a time to reflect and think about why you took the path you ended up on.
Now that you’ve evaluated the past year it’s time to think about what do you want for yourself in the coming year. Do you still want to do those things you didn’t accomplish last year or have you moved on to different objectives? Make a new list, this time focusing on the things you want to do for yourself in the coming year. Do you want to lose weight? Maybe try a new fitness class? Commit to a steady exercise regimen? Make your list as long as you want, but in the next step be forewarned that we are going to chop your list down to a manageable size.
Once you have listed out everything you think you want to accomplish we have to re-evaluate for importance. Every item on your list is important, but there are going to be things on that list that will make a bigger difference in the long run to your health, happiness and wellness. Look over every item on your list and highlight 3-5 of the most important items on that list. Highlight the ones you know will make the biggest change or lasting difference in your life. Don’t worry if you think they are hard to accomplish, just identify them and in the next step we will start working on your plan for how to manage each item you have highlighted.
Now that you have identified 3-5 important things that you want to accomplish the next thing to consider is how you are going to achieve them. For each of your 3-5 important items I want you to list 4-5 things you need to do in order to achieve that thing.
If you want to run in a 5K this year you need to:
1) Make an appointment and visit with your doctor to get clearance to participate in exercise/running.
2) Find an appropriate race, sign up and pay the entry fee.
3) Find a trainer/coach/adviser for support and guidance.
4) Set up a training schedule for the event.
If you want to lose 25 pounds this year you need to:
1) Make an appointment and visit with your doctor to get clearance to participate in a weight loss program.
2) Find a personal trainer for fitness support and guidance.
3) Find a registered dietitian to help coach you on your nutrition.
4) Set up a fitness and eating plan with your chosen professionals.
Now that you’ve listed out the things you need to do in order to achieve your most important goals you have an easy to follow checklist of exactly what you need to do to make your goals a reality. You have given thought to the process, written down the steps you know you need to take to make it happen and you’ve created your checklist for the whole year. Making a plan really helps you think about how you are going to reach your goal.
The final step I suggest is to re-write you goals along with the steps in a nice format so you can print them out and post them in an easy to see place. Posting your list on your bathroom mirror, closest door or another high traffic area will help keep your goals and the steps you know you need to take to reach them in the forefront of your thoughts.
Make this December 31st all about you with No Interruptions Day. Take the time to reflect on where you’ve been and where you want to go. Make your plan and stick with it for a successful and happy 2014.
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness consultant and fitness writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training session 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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