Health & Wellness Magazine HealthQuest Winter 2019 - Page 7

NEXT LEVEL IN What good habits do you have that you stick to 70 to 80 percent of the time? Where would being more consistent about that behaviour help you succeed? 2. Be a total hawk about your activity. When my ADHD takes over, I leave drawers open, water running, coffee half poured, and find myself folding laundry when five minutes before I was working on a big project. It’s not easy, but the more I can zone in on what I’m doing, the more likely I will be to stay focused. On these days, you’ll find me counting back 5-4-3-2-1 often because that totally brings me back to the moment. Even if you don’t have ADHD, we all need to closely monitor our activity. When your electronics are constantly distracting you, it’s important to be mindful of where you’re spending your energy and attention. 3. Limit social media time. As an influencer, social media plays a big role in what I do, but it can be a major time suck. Hiring a social media team has helped, but even just putting my phone far away from me when it’s time to work has made such a difference. When I feel really pulled in, I remove the apps from my phone and stop scrolling mindlessly. It’s amazing what I get done in that time. In your own life, try to set tech limits. Condense all of your social media or internet surfing time into one block and download an app like “Moment” on your phone to become more aware of your media consumption habits. 4. Check your lifestyle habits. Science keeps proving how important exercise and diet are to focus and emotional health and I need both of those if I’m going to step it up. As often as possible I get major walking steps in or hit my favourite spin class, limit alcohol to weekends, drink gut-boosting kombucha and plenty of water, and eat clean with a whole lot of vegetables. You don’t need that much time to get in a good workout–even just one minute of jumping jacks will get your heart pumping and blood flowing! 5. Wake up earlier. Six a.m. is great (when I currently wake up), but 5:45 is better. LIFE Once I remind myself that those I admire and respect have worked hard to get to where they are and did not wait to feel like doing the work, it’s much easier to get moving again. Who are your idols–whether in business, relationships, life, or health? When you find yourself feeling tired or not wanting to do something, imagine what your idol would do. As long as I’m in bed in time to get seven to eight hours of sleep, I can use that extra time for planning out my day so I can feel like a champ. Now, how will you step it up in the next phase of YOUR life? The easiest way to start waking up earlier is to just set your alarm earlier for tomorrow. You may be tired for a day, but just follow your tiredness and get to bed early that next night. Oh, and don’t hit snooze! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mel Robbins is the host of the new daytime syndicated talk show with Sony Pictures TV, The Mel Robbins Show, which airs across the U.S. She has spent the past decade coaching, teaching, and motivating millions of people around the world. Her practical, no-nonsense advice and life strategies provide tangible results and skills that help people push through the everyday challenges we all face in life, work, and love. She is one of the most booked speakers in the world and an international best-selling author whose work has been translated into 36 languages. In 2017, Mel broke self- publishing records with her international best-seller The 5 Second Rule. It was named the No.1 audiobook in the world and the fifth most read book of the year on Amazon. When Mel launched her science backed productivity planner, The 5 Second Journal, the first print run sold out worldwide within minutes. 6. Monday check-in meetings. On our team, we’ve found that implementing Monday check-in meetings has been a game changer. While each member of the team is great about autonomy, checking in every week is essential so we all get clarity around expectations and projects being worked on. The consistent connection also allows us to feel more like a team. In your own life, each Monday, check in with yourself about where you’re at and what your goals are for the week. I also have weekly check-ins with my husband and business partner. Where in your life would you benefit from a weekly check-in? 7. What would your idol do? The good thing about taking a business to the next level is that others have done it before you. If I get to a point in my day where I don’t feel like doing something, I start by reminding myself that motivation is garbage and then I ask myself, What would Oprah do? Or Ellen Degeneres? These two women are my idols in business. 7