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Progress Check! How are your 2015 goals trending?

work-in-progess-postitAs we round the corner of the first month of 2015, it’s time to take a moment to check in with the goals you set for yourself. It’s important to consistently check in on your goals as it helps us to stay on track. Additionally, checking in provides us with the opportunity to reflect on what’s working and what’s not, allowing us to make adjustments along the way.

Review Your Goals:

First and foremost, do you remember what goals you set for yourself and how often are you checking in with your progress? Regardless of how often you had been checking in on your goals, make a commitment to make these goals a part of your daily routine. How are you tracking your progress and is it working? Consider other options for tracking your goals if your current system is not working. For example, are you a high tech person that enjoys using apps, or an old fashioned person who likes pen and paper? Whatever method works for you, just do it, there’s no right or wrong way.

Achieving-GoalsEvaluate Your Progress:

Take a moment to check off any goals you have accomplished and reflect on what made those goals achievable. What actions did you take that allowed you to accomplish these goals with greater ease? Write down any wins and breakthroughs so far. It’s important to remember these wins as they help to provide us with positive motivation. In addition to the wins and breakthroughs, it’s important to recognize our setbacks and inhibitors too. Don’t waste time or energy beating your-self up over any setbacks, these are simply opportunities to recognize what is getting in our way of achieving our goals and remove those obstacles. As Henry Ford so eloquently stated, “obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” Ask yourself if your plan still seems obtainable or too easy and make any adjustments necessary. If the plan is not working, change the plan, not the goal.

Stay the Course:Achieving-Success

By consistently reviewing your goals and evaluating your progress, you are effectively creating your action plan for success. Whether you are on track with your goals or not, it’s important to acknowledge your current state, learn from what worked and didn’t work, and move forward. Do not give up on your goals! Giving up on your goals because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got one flat. It’s never too late to get back on track and stay the course. Ask yourself “what can I do tomorrow to strengthen the wins and accomplishments I identified and provide myself the motivation to stay the course?” As well as, “what can I do tomorrow to eliminate the obstacles and setbacks I identified in order to accomplish my goals?” And always remember that if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you!

“Obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off your goals”

-Henry Ford


5 Tips to Start Your Day RIGHT!

More often than not, we all have a tendency to roll out of bed and jump right into our day – I mean look at that “to do” list, both personal and professional. However, just how much quality work are we actually getting done by starting our day this way? Here are five simple tips to help you start your day right, be more productive, and stop wasting time and energy with low-priority tasks.

 1. Do NOT check your email

Checking email immediately makes your work day become reactive rather than proactive. By spending time answering emails, you are putting yourself at the disposal of others’ needs, rather than your own. Poor planning on another person’s part does not constitute an emergency on yours. If something is truly an emergency, they can pick up the phone and call. There are two typstressedes of email, those requiring immediate attention, and those that don’t. Either type of email can quickly become very time consuming – setting aside the tasks we needed to complete today. The emails requiring immediate attention are most likely not a do or die situation; however, now that we read the email we take care of it – right this moment. The emails not requiring immediate (or any) attention can be even more dangerous. These emails can and will become a time waster – if you take the bait. From shopping online deals, checking social media, watching online videos, so on and so forth. Know when and for long you want to spend checking and responding to emails. Set aside that time to ensure they do get taken care of, but again, do so on your time – when you’re ready to tackle that task specifically.

2. Plan & Prioritize Your Day   

By planning and prioritizing, you are mapping out your ideal day. Take a moment to write down any tasks or projects that need to be completed today. Don’t spend too much time on your list, if needed, set a timer for 5 minutes. After your list is compiled, take one minute to quickly number each task you listed in order of priority. For example, you could prioritize based on deadlines and/or smaller versus larger projects. It’s your day, so plan it well. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Action expresses priorities;” what are you going to put into action today?

3. Start Your Day with Exercise

By exercising first thing idog-walkern the morning, we are boosting our endorphins and can tackle projects with greater ease, less stress, and a calmer mindset. Additionally, you are less likely to cancel your workout plans due to competing events, such as your social life. It’s very unlikely that your friend will celebrate their birthday at seven in the morning, so why not get it out of the way. Finally, when you exercise first thing in the morning, you will workup an appetite for fresh and healthy foods for breakfast.

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Healthy breakfast doesn’t have to mean a bowl of oats topped with fresh fruit; it can be something super delicious such as a toasted English muffin with tomato, avocado and a scrambled egg or even a scramble of your choice of vegetables and a healthy lean protein. There are endless opportunities for exploring healthy breakfast ideas – check out my Pinterest online breakfast recipes for ideas. The idea here is to not skip breakfast, but instead enjoy it – just make conscious and healthy decisions.

5. Take 15 Minutes for You

Whether you take some time to hang out with your kids, or to enjoy some quality time with your significant other, it doesn’t matter – this time is for you! This can be setting aside time to journal your thoughts, or write about things you’re grateful for as this can create a joyful mindset. For majority of people, a joyful moment could be something so simple as quiet time with that fresh cup of coffee. Take a moment to think about what would bring you joy in your day and simply do it.




-Mahatma Gandhi


Celebrate You!

photoImagine a world where everyone focused their efforts on positive thinking. Recognizing what’s right in the world rather than what’s wrong. It’s about celebrating what we can and will accomplish. It’s time for celebrating you; which means respecting who you are, each and every day.


6 Simple Ways to Celebrate You:


1. Tell yourself “I Love You”

Every morning while getting ready in the morning, look yourself in the mirror and say “I love you.” Yes, this will feel awkward at first, but the more you say it, the more you will feel it and live it.

2. Send yourself love letters

At the end of each workday, reflect on what was great in your day. It could be a feeling you had, something you admire about yourself, or an accomplishment at work. Write these items down in an email to yourself and press send. When you get back to your desk the next morning, your will have a great email to begin your day with. Save it and remind yourself throughout the day how special you are.

3. Breathe

Sbreatheo simple, so effective. Calm every cell and muscle in your body immediately simply by taking a few deep breaths. Go ahead, right now, take a deep breath, you are alive, so breathe!

4. Put healthy foods in your body

Remember that you are what you eat. When we put healthy and nutritious food in our bodies, we feel better – as the same is true for bad foods. Also, ensure you are getting the proper amount of nutrients in your body daily to help achieve your optimal health. Eat well, feel well – it’s that simple.

5. Tell someone you love them

As much as it is important to tell ourselves that we are loved, it is also important to remind others that they are loved too. Be sure to make a point of telling others how much they mean to you simply because they are who they are – no demands, no expectations. You might be surprised how great it feels to give love and appreciation to others.

6. Create a “smile file”smile

Take every great letter, email, card, or photo you have received that made you feel extra special and place them in a file. When you are having an especially rough day, pull out that file and give yourself a reason to celebrate!



-Panache Desai