Happy Mid Autumn Festival!
How’s your week been?
I’ve been spending time with my family, getting together with relatives and enjoying seeing my kids play with lanterns and appreciate the moon.
Traditionally a harvest festival, mid-autumn, is a time of year when most people have the afternoon off to prepare and enjoy a celebratory dinner with family to deliver good wishes and enjoy a good ol’ get together.
With it being the final quarter of the year, it’s actually a great time to check in, be grateful for all that we have and plan for making the most of the year.
If you know that you’re not taking action on the goals that really matter to you then…
You’ll love this week’s blog post (written by guest blogger Vicki Clain who is a ffull-timefreelance writer and has written for the likes of the Huffington Post).
If you need to amp up your action taking on the goals that truly matter this year, check out this week’s blog post on how to borrow tips from the army and military to prioritise your soulful goals.
Over to Vicki
We live in the fast lane – no time to stop and smell the flowers! Still, in many cases, this rapid rhythm we maintain messes up with our brain and schedule putting our life in total and utter disarray.
Have you ever started something you were truly passionate about only to leave it sit there while you moved on to the next project? We all have unfinished businesses but they tend to weigh in on us and until we feel like we’re not getting anything done.
Have you ever had that feeling? The feeling that you’re struggling in vain, like you’re not accomplishing anything important? I know that feeling quite well and the only way to shake it off is to implement some discipline in your life. And where could you find more discipline than in the rigid army lifestyle?
Our fellow army men and women are taught to be efficient and leave nothing behind so I drew some inspiration from their teachings. Below are three tips from the army that inspired my path in life and career, and I hope they will help you as well.
#1: Be Organized
Organization may seem boring, especially for the creative mind, but it has its role. It offers us structure and once things are in place, you get a realistic view of how you can get things done faster and easier.
Let’s say you want to start a new project – before you do, make sure you have everything you need within reach. This way, you don’t waste time looking for documents or tools you need to complete the work.
One way to keep up with organization is to make lists – this way you have a general view of the tasks you need to do and the time it will take. Just like in the army, where everything is planned ahead, you will have an action plan for each day. But don’t do it in your head or on your phone – just take a pen and paper and write things down. According to specialists, the simple act of writing is helpful for our brain.
To be more efficient, prioritize and mark down deadlines. To prioritize tasks on your list, you can use a numbering system where you mark tasks that are urgent and separate them from the ones that can wait.
Quick tip: if a project seems too big or complicated to start, you may find yourself avoiding it until it’s too late. To start work in time, simply break it down to pieces – it will be a lot easier to stomach.
#2: Avoid temptations
The first thing a soldier does when he/she wakes up is the bed! This sets up an intention for the day to get things done as fast and as efficiently as possible.
I took advantage of this advice and, every morning, I simply do my bed, drink my coffee and start working.
It was hard at first because I used to browse my emails and social media accounts before anything else. But, in time, I understood that these are only a distraction and, the more time you spend on them, the more you’ll want to stay.
The internet is a huge improvement for our lifestyle but it’s also full of tempting distractions that can be hard to ignore. But, if you set the right intention from the moment you wake up, your routine will change. You don’t have to be perfect from the start, you’ll slip sometimes and that’s fine, but as long as the general idea is there, you’ll slowly learn to avoid temptations until the work is done.
#3: Get a Hobby
It may sound anticlimactic, but a hobby will help you reduce stress and it will keep you focused on the nice things in life.
I took on airsoft and it completely changed my life as it opened a whole new world of opportunities and friends. The first time I learned about shooting as an entertainment was on Goog Gun, and it stuck with me ever since. It’s an activity that shapes your character and teaches you about teamwork, so if you want to improve your communication skills, this is the way to go.
The hobby should be an activity you enjoy but also sharpens your skills (lying on the couch in front of the TV doesn’t work). Such an activity will support your efforts of getting things done but it will also take care of your soul.
Now I’d love to hear from you…
- What are your top 1-3 soulful goals that you’re working towards?
- Which tip are you going to implement to get it going?
Leave a comment for me below.