Do It Today: Stop Waiting for the Right Time

ByJoe

Do It Today: Stop Waiting for the Right Time

There’s never a better time than the present. Too often, we wait for the perfect time to start losing weight, build a business, save money, or have children. Time is constantly passing, and there’s no time to wait!

There’s also never going to be a perfect time. You can start working out today! You don’t need to wait for Monday, or the first of the month, or the first of the year. There will never be a perfect time to start.

Instead of waiting for the perfect time, get started today and make the most of the present moment.

Taking action is often better than waiting. See why:

  1. There’s always a way. You can’t control time, but you can control how you use it. Rather than waiting, use your determination and ingenuity to find a way to make the present work for you. Take the opportunities you have and figure out how to bring them to fruition. You can always find a way.
  2. Progress is often slow, so get started as soon as possible. It can take a while to build momentum, so it only makes sense to begin building it immediately. Success can take time. How much time do you have? You really don’t know. One thing is for certain: the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll taste success.
  3. You learn more. The sooner you start doing something, the sooner your education begins. You learn nothing from waiting. The more you know, the easier it is to be successful and to enjoy your life.
  4. Ignore the excuses. You can always invent an excuse to justify postponing action. Most people do this on a daily basis. Do you want the same results as the average person? A year from now, you’ll still have plenty of excuses, but you won’t be any closer to your goal. Forget the excuses and take action.
  5. You’ll be pleased with yourself. Imagine you’re old and at the end of your life. Do you think you’ll regret the things you did, or the opportunities you failed to act upon? You’ll regret your inaction much more than the actions you took. No one wants to die full of regret.

Taking action right now is better than waiting for the perfect moment in the future. That time will never come. Take advantage of today and begin making progress and building momentum.

Begin taking action today with these strategies:

  1. Create a plan that you can begin executing immediately. Your plan should include actions that you can take either today or tomorrow at the latest.
  2. Consider the likely obstacles. What roadblocks are you likely to run into? What can you do to prepare for them? Do you have any solutions? What resources do you have available to you?
  3. Create a reward system. Obviously, you have some resistance to getting started, or you would’ve already gotten started. Encourage yourself to take action by promising yourself a small reward after accomplishing a task or two toward your goal.
  4. Be persistent. Make a habit of taking a small action each day. Small actions might seem like they accomplish little, but the effect is cumulative. Just keep going!

Life can only be lived in the present. Waiting for some unspecified, magical time in the future is a waste of your life. You can get started right here and now! There’s no time like the present to begin living your life fully. What are you waiting for?

By this time next year, you could either change your life significantly or still be stuck. Take control of your life, starting today. You’ll be glad you did.

ByJoe

Take a Nap: 9 Benefits of a Daily Snooze

Napping gets a bad rap. Many people think that napping is for lazy, old, or mentally weak individuals. However, napping is common among mammals. Look at how much time your dog or cat spend napping. It’s impressive. It only makes sense that we could all benefit from a regular nap.

Why aren’t you taking advantage of naps? You might be making a big mistake.

See how napping can bring you many physical and psychological benefits:

  1.  Less fatigue. Studies have shown that napping is a poor substitute for a good night of sleep when it comes to physical restoration. For example, you won’t recover better from an intense workout by taking naps. However, you will feel less tired and refreshed if you take a nap.
  2.  Greater alertness. Alertness is significantly improved with naps. You know that dreaded feeling of physical and mental fatigue that hit you in the afternoon? A nap is perfect for overcoming that. You’ll feel like a new person.
  3.  Greater focus. With alertness comes greater focus. You’ll daydream less and find it easier to control your attention. If you’re struggling later in the day to keep your mind on task, a nap might be the answer.
  4.  Enhanced mood. Naps have been shown to increase contentedness. Who doesn’t feel a little better after a good nap?
  5.  Greater performance. If you’re less tired, more alert, more focused, and are in a better mood, you’re going to perform at a higher level. Naps are magical.
  6.  Enhanced learning and memory. Certain types of learning and memory are greatly enhanced by napping. If you’re taking a night class, a nap beforehand is a good idea. College students should consider napping during the day, too. If your memory is less than ideal, try a nap and see if it helps.
  7.  More productive hours. A nap seems to reset your brain. It’s like you have a whole new day ahead of you. An afternoon nap can give you several more hours of productivity. Consider how little you probably get done later in the day now. That time might best be used for napping.
  8.  Boost immune system. Countless studies have shown a positive effect of naps on immune function. Naps can help to keep you healthy. Naps are especially helpful during flu season. A nap a day might keep the doctor away better than an apple a day.
  9.  Improved physical stamina. Physical stamina is strengthened with naps. This has been demonstrated in athletes, soldiers, and regular people. Do you feel weak and ineffectual? A nap might be in order.

A few final tips to keep in mind:

  • Determine the proper amount of time to nap. This varies with the person. Naps from 30-60 minutes work best for most people, but each person is a little different. Experiment and see what works best for you.
  • Use an alarm. If you’re worried about oversleeping, you’ll be less likely to fall asleep and sleep soundly.
  • Be consistent. You might feel a little groggy the first few times you try napping. Stick with it. Try to be consistent with your napping schedule, and your body will adapt.

Napping costs nothing, feels good, and benefits your mind and body in so many ways. You’ll accomplish more and smile more while doing it. Avoid believing the naysayers and test it out for yourself. Napping is a great tool for increasing productivity and performance.