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Where has the year gone? In less than a month-and-a-half we’ll be turning the page on 2017 and welcoming 2018 in style.
Like most people, I have been reflecting on 2017, spending tons of time looking at what’s gone right (a lot), and what I can do to make 2018 better, (that also falls under the “a lot” category.)
And while the end of the year is perfect to start planning what you’re going to do differently in 2018, there is absolutely no reason as to why you can’t start working on your goals now.
Of course, it’s important to spend time with family and friends during the holiday season, but working to end the year with momentum can make all the difference in the world.
Here are a few habits you can start working on TODAY, that will set you up for success once the clock strikes midnight December 31st.
Yeah. Yeah. Drink more water. Cliche, I know. If you’re rolling your eyes, but your urine is as yellow as big bird, your actions aren’t exactly mapping your goals.
Drinking more water is one of the simplest things you can do to improve your overall health, attitude, and mood.
While we all KNOW drinking water is good for us, very few go the extra mile and implement a system to make sure you’re hydrating yourself thoroughly every single day.
Simply by keeping a bottle of water by your desk, or creating specific triggers throughout your day to remind you, can help get you hydrated without any additional effort.
For example, you can use your Pavlok 2 to buzz every few hours throughout the day to make sure you take a moment and down a glass of hydrating H2O.
If your pee is clear, you’re winning at life. If not, there’s no excuse not to start drinking more water.
At Pavlok we’re a HUGE fan or morning routines, and while it certainly won’t make you a millionaire overnight, or solve all your problems, starting your day with a specific structure does give you the best chance to have a productive and enjoyable day.
No need to overdo it with a list of 47 things you HAVE to get done. Start small.
When you wake up, down a huge glass of water (see above), do some light stretching, read a passage of your favorite book and be on your way.
As you become more comfortable with a morning routine, you can certainly add more complex components, but the most important part is you start building a routine today.
Even if you spend just 10 minutes consciously going through your morning routine, you’ll see a significant improvement in your day very quickly. Trust me.
If you use your Pavlok 2, you can wake yourself up with a few jumping jacks and ensure you rise at the most optimal time of your sleeping cycle.
What’s not to like?
One of the best parts of getting into a gym routine now is you won’t have to compete with the thousands of people who join at the start of the new year.
Of course, many of those who join January 1st won’t step foot in the gym another time that year… but you’re not like most people.
Start getting your body in shape now, and you’ll start 2018 with momentum, instead of needing a month or two get up to speed.
Lift weights. Eat right now. Your body and mind will thank you later.
The holiday season is a great time to celebrate and be in the company of family and friends, but it’s also a time that can be stressful for many.
Dozens of get-togethers, parties, and reminding your aunt that what you do for a living is called “social media.”
The last few months of 2017 is the perfect time to practice mindfulness and enjoy every moment to the fullest.
This applies to deep conversations with your relatives, savoring that delicious piece of apple pie, and even being grateful for the many gifts you will receive.
You can use your Pavlok 2 to bring you back to the moment if you catch yourself worrying about something that may or may not happen.
The important thing is to be present as much as possible during these last few months and express your gratitude for everything that has gone right in 2017.
Write Every Day
Whether writing is a part of your daily life or not, getting in the habit of writing down your thoughts every day is a powerful way to improve your focus, motivation, and drive.
You don’t have to start a blog, but dedicating just 15 minutes each morning to journaling can make a huge difference.
Some topics to consider:
You can see how one Pavlok user uses his Pavlok to make sure he writes regularly.
Another “yeah duh” habit on this list. But odds are even if you know stretching is good for you… you’re not doing it nearly enough.
With so many of us spending 9-10 hours a day hunched over on the computer, taking 3-4 breaks throughout the day to get up and move can help get your body in tip-top shape.
You don’t have to master the 1,000 poses of yoga, but just doing some light stretching throughout the day is enough to keep your body loose and ready to take on anything the day throws at you.
As with the water reminders, you can use the Pavlok to remind you to get up and stretch.
The quality of your sleep has a dramatic impact on willpower, mood, and more.
Instead of boring you with the cliche “you should get 7-8 hours of sleep”, just know that you can improve the quality of your Zzz’s by beginning to form an evening routine.
Turn off your electronics at a certain time each night. Take a moment to do some light meditation. Spend 5-10 minutes planning the following day.
Not only will this help you sleep better, but it will also give you something to look forward to the next day, and you can hit the pillow knowing you are prepared and ready.
Use the Pavlok 2 to tell you when you should go to bed and wake you up in the optimal part of your sleep cycle.
Quality sleep does make all the difference.
Last on the list is something that virtually all of us can do more of.
Whether you like to devour a good fiction book or want to keep your mind sharp with the latest best selling nonfiction, commit to getting into the habit of reading more now.
If reading isn’t your thing, be sure to pick up an Audible subscription for a small investment.
Not only will the habit of reading help you keep up to date in your chosen field or profession, but the uplifting content you consume will also help you get your mind right for the start of the new year.
Commit to reading for 15 uninterrupted minutes, or 10 pages each day.
There’s no need to wait until January 1st to start making changes. By starting now with over a month and a half left of the year, you’ll hit 2018 running and set yourself up for an extraordinary year.
CEO of Pavlok
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