Goal-setting might seem like a dreaded chore, but not having goals is like driving with no destination in mind. Goals provide direction in life.
When it comes to setting goals, it’s important to be as specific as possible. Vague goals, such as “I want to get in shape,” are not likely to materialize. On the other hand, if you have a very specific goal, like losing 10 lbs., then it’s much easier to identify the individual actions needed to reach that goal.
Furthermore, writing down your goals creates commitment. Having a document you can refer back to regularly will remind you of what you’re working towards. Otherwise, goals will be out of sight, out of mind.
Goal-setting should be taken a step further with deadlines. If you wish to simply accomplish a goal “some day,” that day may never come. By setting a deadline, you will feel a sense of importance and (healthy) pressure and begin taking the actions that lead to the realization of that goal.
Here’s another way to think about it… If you work a normal office job and spend 8-9 hours at the office, don’t you (consciously or subconsciously) spread out your work during that duration? Now, what if you had to get your work done in 4 hours? It would force you to prioritize your tasks and work more efficiently and productively…and it would leave you with more free time to do the things you actually want to do. In essence, create a sense of urgency.
All the best in achieving your goals!
It’s a fair question. To me, it boils down to two things:
- Staying healthy can help one be more productive in his/her work, with the energy to keep going and the mental sharpness to come up with ideas/solutions.
- Having good health allows one to enjoy his/her wealth and all of life’s activities.
If you happen to spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer for work, whether at home or at an office, below are some tips you can apply right away.
- Stand up at least once an hour. Stretch your arms and legs, and take a deep breath.
- Move your eyes away from the computer screen every now and then. Look at something at a further distance than your monitor to let your eye muscles work.
- Set up your computer/desk/chair ergonomically. Maintain good posture by sitting up straight, keeping your feet flat, and looking straight ahead at the monitor instead of tilting your neck up or down.
- Try to eat a healthy lunch to avoid the afternoon slump. Keep healthy snacks as well, such as nuts and berries.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Limit your caffeine intake; green tea will provide a less harsh dose of caffeine than coffee.
- Take a walk after lunch, preferably outside if weather permits, as you get fresh air and sunlight for Vitamin D production.
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator for a good leg workout.
- Park further away to increase your walk to/from the office.
- If you need to speak with a coworker, walk over to his/her desk instead of e-mailing/calling.
- While not necessarily related to physical health, avoid negativity and gossip. Positive energy.
- Maintain good hygiene to avoid the cold/flu. Wash your hands and occasionally clean clean desk.
Give it a shot. Hopefully these tips will help increase your productivity, energy, and quality of life.