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Quote Of The Day

 “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

~ Thomas Edison
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A New Year Filled With Choices, Dreams And Decisions For A New You

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“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.”

Josiyah Martin

A new year and a new beginning. Whatever will we do with it?

Each day is a gift. A gift we should carefully open and cherish.

If only we could look past all the responsibilities. Yes, they are responsibilities, but we are lucky to be here and have them. Our responsibilities are gifts too. We may not look at them as a gift but they are.

How many days do you wake up and groan? We complain before we even move to get out of bed. Stop that. Open your eyes, smile, and greet the day. You are the recipient of one more day. Cherish it.

2019 is over and we have a wonderful 365 days to look forward to in 2020.

Wow! What are you going to do with that gift? What do you have planned?

Unknown author

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Quote Of The Day

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce
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Quote Of The Day

Goals are the road maps that guide you to your destination. Cultivate the habit of setting clearly-defined written goals; they are the road maps that guide you to your destination.

Roy T. Bennett
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A New Year – Will There Be A New You?

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Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.”

unknown author

Is it time to change your life? A new year is right around the corner, and most of us are thinking about the possibility of change.

What do we want to happen in the New Year? Do you want to improve your life? Of course, you do! It is human nature to want more in your life and to be a better person.

There is never a better time than the start of a new year to make plans and set goals.

Here is the tough part. The clock strikes midnight on December 31st, and we have our list of ideas, either in our head or, hopefully, we have written them down. We celebrate the New Year, and the first week or two, we pay attention to our goals for the year. When a month or two goes by, most of us have very nicely fallen back into our old habits.

It is so easy and so comfortable to continue to do things the way we always have.

Remember, if you do nothing to change your life, life will change you. Life is ever-evolving. We may not notice it because we are too busy being comfortable doing the same thing every day.

Heads up people, you’ve got this. You can change. The decision is up to you. It requires a conscious choice and a strong effort, but no one can make it except you.

I have to laugh at myself because I have been trying to force myself to use the treadmill consistently. You know what did it for me, what made me finally commit to getting on that darn machine?

It’s crazy, but this is what is working for me. During the holiday season, the local grocery store where I shop offers Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. I love it! However, I have not been drinking it for 2-3 years. I made a choice for my health, to not use creamers in my coffee.

So last week I was shopping, and I saw the display. I stopped and was probably drooling over the Peppermint Mocha creamer. I stood there for a few moments and thought about it; should I or shouldn’t I? Then for some reason, it clicked, and I decided to buy the creamer, but I made a trade-off. I would have to use my treadmill. No Treadmill. No Creamer!

It worked! I have been using my treadmill every day. Granted, I am not Speedy Gonzales. I am walking at a speed of 3 miles per hour, on an incline level of 4, and I do it for 30 minutes each time. It is a good start that I am determined to continue. I have also decided to use this bottle of creamer and then give it up. Once the season is over, it will no longer be available anyway.

I will continue to use the treadmill. For some reason, this time feels different. I know I have made a decision that works for me this time.

Now I am going to look at all my goals in a different way. What trade-off can I make? What am I willing to do to accomplish a new goal? What am I willing to give up for personal growth?

Many things that we do throughout the day do not benefit us in any way. How many times do we check our social media during the day? Let’s say we check Twitter, Facebook, Instagram three or four times. When we do this, how many minutes are we spending each time?

We do not even realize the length of time we are spending. What goal do you have for the new year? How much time have you allocated to each day toward achieving it?

See where I’m going here? You can make a trade-off. Check social media twice each day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Use that time to work on your goal instead.

How many hours do you watch TV each evening? Do you watch programs that you really enjoy, or are there some you watch just because they came on after your favorite show? Television can suck us in, and if we were to think about it, we might realize that we are wasting time. We waste valuable time. It is mind-numbing and not beneficial.

Sorry, but it is true, and I am guilty of it too. Let’s change it up this year and read a book instead.

The point is, we waste time. We do not think about it and, for the most part, are oblivious to it.

Here is a simple exercise to do. Take sheets of blank paper and complete the two suggestions below.

1 – For one week, keep track by writing down what you do and the amount of time used. Look at it at the end of the week, and I mean, LOOK at it. Make graphs if you have to. Make blocks on a piece of paper, write down the activity, and the amount of time spent. I think you will be surprised.

2 – What are your goals? How important are they to you? How much time are you willing to spend to achieve them? Write it all down. Whatever format you used for #1, use the same for #2, so you can compare them.

Now put them side by side. Look at sheet #1 and the time you are spending. Is there time spent anywhere on that sheet that you can eliminate and transfer to sheet #2?

Can you make a trade-off so you can work on your goal; so that you can achieve your goal?

Decide what you want. Decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work”.

H. L. Hunt

Change can be frightening, but change can also be exhilarating. Worth the risk, let’s get working!

Open the door and take the first step into the New Year.

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What Is The Value Of Time? How Do You Make The Most Of Yours In The New Year?

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Time is free, but it’s priceless

You can’t own it, but you can use it.

You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.

Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

Harvey MacKay

Time is the most valuable asset we have, but it is what we take the most for granted. How many times have you said, “Oh, I’ll just do that tomorrow!”

One of the times I realize that I waste time is when I have an unexpected deadline. Recently, someone called and said they were stopping by for a short visit. I asked what time they would arrive and realized I had a window of 20 to 30 minutes.

I went into hyper-drive and did so much within that time period. My husband said he was impressed; he said look at what you accomplished in that little bit of time. All the while I am thinking to myself that I should approach everyday with that attitude. Maybe not quite so hyper but I know that everyday I misuse time.

Most people are creatures of habit and we tend to fall into a routine that we are comfortable with doing. We do not think of changing and may even shy away from any idea of change. That is so easy to do.

It is December and right now some of us may be thinking about 2019 and what we did with all of our time. In just a few weeks we start a new year. Do we want to make any changes?

“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.”

John R. Dallas Jr.

I know I do have changes I want to make. I have a few activities I have been procrastinating about for a long time. They are first on my list to do in 2020.

My approach this year will be different.

Instead of simply making a list, I am going to actually make a schedule and I am going to take it one step further by breaking them into time segments. I do not know how long each will take me so I will schedule in 30 minutes a day and at a specific time.

What I am hoping will happen is once I start the task and the 30 minutes is up I will just keep going. If I do an hour each time the task will quickly get done. When one is done I will schedule another in that time slot

The big goal for me will be to create a new habit. There will always be another project or activity that I can allocate to the specific time slot.

If I allocate 30 minutes to multiple tasks throughout the week and consistently do them, my hope is to create multiple habits.

I want to create good beneficial habits that I will continue to do. I did some research and found a study that concluded it takes 66 days to form a habit that will become habitual. It states, ” On average a plateau in automaticity was reached after 66 days. In other words it had become as much of a habit as it was ever going to become.” https://www.spring.org.uk/2009/09/how-long-to-form-a-habit.php

Most other information I read stated that habits can be formed in 21 days. That might be true for some activities and for some people or personalities. Speaking from experience 21 days would not work well for me.

So what do you want to accomplish in 2020? What is important to you and why? The reason why it is important to you will help determine the outcome. The level of importance to you really is the determining factor on whether you will successfully create a new habit.

This is my plan for accomplishing my goals in the coming year. It is simple and realistic for me.

There are many other things that can be done for making the New Year more organized and for you to be successful.

I posted Time To Plan For 2020 How To Make An Effective Strategy For The New Year on 12-4-2019 which gives some additional information. https://adjustingmytimeframecom.blog/2019/12/04/time-to-plan-for-2020-how-to-make-an-effective-strategy-for-the-new-year/

There are a high number of great articles you can read about the effectiveness of plans, strategies and goal setting to be found on the internet.

I am looking forward to 2020 and becoming more effective. I wish the same for you as well.

As always, thanks so much for reading my blog. Have a great day.

“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”

Alex Morritt

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Quote Of The Day

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

– Denis Waitley
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