2019

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What is missing in your goal achievement?

by Leena on September 29, 2019 No comments

John and Simon, best friends since childhood, decided to get together one year and write down their goals, and then chase them with all their energy and not rest till they had achieved their mountain top moment! 

John had a full time job, travelled extensively, hardly slept and was constantly playing the catch up game with his goals and targets. He woke up feeling tired, was always sleep deprived and emotionally was quite a mess because he never seemed to have time for anything – no family time, no time to sleep, no time to work out, had started to have a bad temper too. But at the end of the term, he had hit all his goals a 100%. 

Simon on the other hand, also had a full time job, but seemed to wake up feeling fresh, with fire in his belly, he enjoyed a great relationship with his family, he rested himself well, ensured he worked out at least 5 days a week and made time for himself to reflect on his journey every now and then. At the end of the term, he had hit about 90% of his goals.

Over coffee both the friends, shared what their journey looked like over the last one year and were surprised to see how differently they went about achieving their goals. While John had hit all his goals, he looked tired, unhappy and so much older, had lost the fire to do anything new.  While Simon was a little unhappy about not reaching all his goals, but looked healthy, fit, upbeat and happy, looking forward to do more the next year. Here were some key lessons, John ended up learning from Simon.

Though it is important to chase those goals, it is more important to plan and schedule the work you need to do to achieve them, before you hit the race track. Plan how many hours your work will require, schedule it into your day and once you do this, time block those hours. Time blocking is to block out all distractions like email, notifications, social media or phone calls, to simply put on your blinkers and laser focus on the work at hand and don’t get up till you get it done! 

While the goal is the mountain top, habits are your journey to the mountain top. Install habits that take you closer to your goal each day, one step at a time. After the first 66 days of a tough journey to install a habit, you no longer need any will power to do it. This frees up your will power to focus on building another habit, while the first one has become automatic – which means you cannot not do that thing, it becomes your nature – to wake up and go for a 45 minute early morning walk, for instance. 

Resting time needs to be scheduled too. When you consciously build rest timein your schedule, you allow yourself the time to renew by relaxing and taking time off to reflect. This goes a long way in refueling your energies so you can get up on your feet and continue the journey. This could include power naps of 20 minutes in your day, reading a book, spending time with a loved one, meditation, journaling and so on. 

Are you living a life like John or Simon? Are you happy on your journey to your mountain top? What changes would you like to make to ensure you have a more fulfilling journey? As you read this blog, it may be a great idea to stop whatever you are doing now, take a pen and paper, grab your favourite cup of coffee or chai, and spend some time reflecting.

Remember, while achieving your goals is important, doing so without enjoying the journey could make your win feel very hollow. The fun in goal achievement is the journey and who you become as a result of being on that journey for a period of time! Learn to celebrate and enjoy every step, every win and learn from every set back. That to me is the best part of setting goals! 

Leena Munot
Author Goals Mantra

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100 days to your biggest goals!

by Leena on September 22, 2019 No comments

100 days before the year ends!

22ndSeptember each year is a special day…it is from this date that you have exactly 100 days for the year to end. The perfect time to reflect on the year gone by and to realign yourself to the rest of the year that lies ahead. How you look at the rest of the year is a choice. A choice to see your wins and feel energized and move forward. Or look at all the things that did not get accomplished, how much farther you need to go to reach your goals and feel overwhelmed. 

Here are a few simple tips to get up, get going and get some super work done in the next 100 days. 

Pick your top goals: Begin by looking at which one or two key goals you would like to chase and get done. Choose those goals that will have the maximum impact on your life, the ones that will show the deepest shifts or the ones you’ve been putting away and you know they really need to get done. And break them into 20 day chunks – to mark your milestones. This is a great way to cut out any overwhelm you may experience. 

Set habits: New research indicates our body takes 66 days for any habit to become a way of life. And you have 100 days to get this done! Pick a habit that will take you closer to the top goals you just picked. Eg., If your top goal is to lose 5 kilos by end of the year, you may want to choose a habit of 45 min workout every day, or ensuring you drink 3 litres of water daily and so on. 

Small milestones: Set yourself small milestones to achieve every 20 days as mentioned in point one, with a specific marker. Eg., losing 1 kilo is a milestone you want to keep for a 5 kilo weight loss. This makes the journey a lot more enjoyable, with small wins of one kilo every 20 days. 

Celebrate small wins: Remember what gets appreciated, gets repeated. Each time you hit the milestone, celebrate by rewarding yourself. A reward could be anything you enjoy, like that cappuccino, or a small piece of cake, or watching your favourite series on Netflix! Great things happen when you take care of your mindset by keeping yourself motivated, and then treating yourself with a reward to feel inspired enough to go after the next milestone! 

Despite our best intentions, plans and actions, very often we fall short of achieving our goals. The 100 day technique can be a game changer to give your will power and determination a booster dose to put on your blinkers and refocus again, and move forward, one day at a time! Make your next 100 days count! 

Leena Munot
Author – Goals Mantra

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3 daily routines of gamechangers!

by Leena on August 4, 2019 No comments

As we wake up each morning and dash out that door to make our dreams come true – there are days when we need someone to kick us out or pull us up from our beds and we find ourselves crawling to work. Welcome to the most common challenge of our times – lack of motivation to keep going. In my years of learning from some of the best in the world, I find one word common – this one word connects all of them together. The word is ROUTINE

I cannot emphasize enough the benefits of having a routine – no matter how whimsical! If it works for you and helps you get big things done – keep at it! Here are some of the most life changing routines of game changers around the world. 

Morning Routine– While the 5 am wake up time is great, not all of us are cut out for this. If you are a creative owl, then so be it. This routine suggests cutting out that one hour from your routine to set you up for the most creative hours of your day. If it’s the morning – you want to wake up at 5 am, do a 20 minute work out to dump in some endorphins in your bloodstream grabbing your favourite cuppa coffee and diving into some life changing audio books or videos to change your hard wiring to a POSSIBILITY filled mindset for the next 20 minutes and deleting words like ‘can’t’ from your vocabulary. And wrapping up the last 20 minutes with visualizing your goals or writing down your affirmations! (simple as they seem, the effectiveness of this routine alone can change your life beyond measure!) For the owls, find any time of the night that suits you and do this routine, works the same! 

Work Routine– No matter what time you check into work, keep your first 90 minutes the most sacred. Keep them free of any technology – no emails, no social media (may make you feel less important, but we can deal with it later!) Focus these sacred 90 on the needle movers that will take you close to your audacious goal. The world can wait till you see your mails again! Doing that biggest and most productive work first thing in the morning fuels you with enough energy that snowballs into a day of getting a lot more done! So schedule those 90 minutes into your every morning! 

Night Routine – Some days are great and others don’t turn out exactly as we plan them. This night routine ensures, no matter how your day went, you press reset before you hit the pillow. Keep a journal by your bedside and write 3 things you are grateful for today. Doing this every night, (says research) helps you count your blessings, elevates your energy and sets you up for a great day the next morning! (If you are thinking, this is childish, I dare you to do this for the next 90 days, and then we can have a conversation!)

After reading countless number of blogs, watching enough ted talks and reading some fantastic authors, I find these routines to be a big part of their days. And the one thing I like about all of them the most is – it’s never too late to begin. You could be at any stage in your life or career, and these routines will make it all even better, so give them a shot! And let me know what shifted! 

Leena Munot
Author
Goals Mantra

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3 reasons why deep sleep is a must to goal achievement!

by Leena on July 30, 2019 No comments

Want to get super productive and achieve those goals? Then get some sleep.

Sleep problems and lack of sleep can affect everything from personal and work productivity to behavioral and relationship problems. Over 500 million people worldwide suffer from the after effects of inadequate sleep and this directly pulls down their ability to get things done.


The Institute of Medicine recently estimated in its report, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, that “hundreds of billions of dollars a year are spent on direct medical costs related to sleep disorders such as doctor visits, hospital services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.”

Make sure your hard earned money goes towards a vacation with loved ones as opposed to buying medicines or landing you in the hospital for sleep disorders that have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases.  

Among the plenty hacks available for productivity, these pointers I found most useful

Aim High, Start Low – For those of us who set stretch goals and love going after them, remember to start low. Just like when you join a gym – on day one you don’t do a 100 push-ups or carry heavy weights. You build stamina each day, grow your endurance and then slowly begin to add or tone up your muscles. Similarly with goals, ensure you start with meticulous planning of time, make time for work and plan quality time for play and adequate hours of sleep.

Stretch goals don’t mean that they eat into your sleep hours. Think smart and prioritize your goals in a way that inspire you not exasperate you! It is not a good idea to reduce your hours of sleep and remove play time from your schedule – this is a great recipe for burn outs!

Power Naps – Plan a 20 minute power nap in the second half of the day, to refresh and rejuvenate your senses by giving your mind some time off. (plug into your headphones and listen to some binaural music to enhance your state of sleep) A longer nap at this time (like 60 to 90 minutes!) can ruin your productivity for the rest of the day and affect the quality of your sleep at night. Power naps are a great way to put yourself in an alpha state, and raise your productivity!

Night Sleep – To ensure quality sleep at night, block out any screen time one hour prior to your sleeping time, listen to some soft music or chants, do a nightly ritual like a warm water bath, drinking a glass of warm water, write your gratitude for the day and sleep in a dark room. A good night’s sleep not only allows your body to repair itself, but also ensures a high energy day when you wake up!

Simple old school hacks like these are worth trying and abiding by, to create a life of harmony and happiness. Let us know which of these hacks you love the most and how it has changed your life!

Leena Munot
Author
Goals Mantra

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5 productivity hacks to get more done!

by Leena on July 30, 2019 No comments

Time – the biggest asset we all have – and one that everyone gets every single morning, in equal amount! And yet, at the end of each day, only some of us accomplish a lot and a bigger lot gets through the day, but with a lower sense of accomplishment. Here are my 5 favourite productivity hacks that will help you enjoy more days of the week, feeling great about getting things done!

Plan time to schedule your top priorities – Write down how many hours the job will take to get done, what day you plan to do it, what time will you do it and set time limits. Eg., I will complete that accounts review, on this Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm.

Do the tough job first and boost your productivity – Research shows that your energy goes way up, when you get the biggest piece of work done first thing in the day and gives you a super sense of accomplishment. This fuels you up even further to push through the rest of the tasks and tick them off your list (usually before time!)

Time block minus technology – When it is time for you to get that scheduled job done, shut out technology – no mail, no call, no social media. This focused time allows you to give the job at hand your undivided attention and best shot (like I am using my time block window to write this blog today!)

Work in productive spurts – Give yourself a 15 minute walking or social media break after a 90 minute focused work window. Be a sprinter in your head not a marathoner. The latter leads to energy sapping days at work and lowers your motivation, making it tougher to get back on top of your work load. (Make sure you drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated and to keep your brain active!)

2 minute productivity rule – If a task will take no longer than 2 minutes to complete, then do it right away and don’t keep it for later – this ensures your to-do list does not keep adding new items and cause unnecessary overwhelm!

Do you face productivity issues and feel demotivated often? Leave a comment below on which area of your life would you like to address productivity in and (maybe) together, we can find a way out!

Leena Munot
Author, Goals Mantra

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3 things you are doing to sabotage your Productivity

by Leena on June 15, 2019 No comments

While most of us work really hard through weeks and years to achieve those audacious goals in career and in life, there are many little things we do that slow us down and we don’t even realize it. On the one hand you are disciplined around your working hours, paying bills on time, planning your finances in advance and so on, and on the other we tend to slip into time sucking activities which plummet our productivity, cause a drain on our energy and before we know it we are tired. And the worse thing is, the fatigue has not got anything to do with the to do list work, because nothing got done on that day! 

Welcome to the ways of productivity suckers! Here are 3 things you may be doing that are sabotaging your productivity. 

Email Overdose

Research shows that during an average working day, you tend to open your mail box over 18 times and spend over 3 hours or more flipping through them. And in these 3 hours, there is a little chance that you may have actually taken action on any of the mails, like sending that quote, writing that recommendation, filling out the tax form, replying to a client and the list goes on. 

The best way to end this sabotage is to remember, if there is a life and death situation, people know where to call you and will not necessarily wait for you to respond to their mail – so relax! Check your mail first thing when you get to work, not spending more than 10 minutes by the clock on them – make a list of replies you need to make and write the amount of time this activity will need. Now shut your mail and get down to doing your most productive work for the day. An income generation activity or high value activity should be your preferred pick at this hour. 

Too many things on your to do list

We under estimate what we can do in a year and over estimate what we can accomplish in a day. The to do list is an ever growing list of tasks that need to be done. And when you see this list everyday, it can be quite heavy on your energy. Personally, when is see a long list and only 8 hours to accomplish it, I know I’m going to have a lousy day, with many things not getting done. 

The best way to combat this stress is to prioritize the tasks on hand, assign the time each task will require and then make a realistic schedule. This won’t get all things done, but it will for sure, clear up your mind and allow you to single mindedly focus on the first priority on hand and work on it without getting pulled in different directions. Multi tasking is one of the biggest myths of our times! 

Working without a break

Most of us think we are doing a good job when we work with our head inside that monitor from 9 to 6, eating on the desk, not meeting other colleagues or taking a break to go out and get some fresh air in. After the first hour, you are pretty much lugging yourself through the day, going uphill like a lone soldier and ending the day with low energy and a sense of loneliness. 

Remember the 90 – 15 – 90 rule! Working in spurts of high energy is a great way to get a whole lot done. For example, when I sat down to write this blog, I clearly put away everything else that I needed to do and set myself on a timer of 90 minutes, to write, edit, create a poster and upload it on the website and then schedule it to appear on my social media pages. When you work in time blocks, you keep your energies high because you give your mind a healthy break of 15 minutes, after every 90 minutes of work. 

There are many more such energy suckers in your day. Get aware to where you are spending most of your time and how your energy feels when you do those things. This is a great indicator to tell you what to stop and what to do more of in your days to make them more productive and happy! 

Leena Munot
Author
Goals Mantra

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