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How to Motivate Yourself to Pick Up Speed

By Sandy Schroeder

Wherever you are at this time of year, you may feel like you should be moving faster. Going from holiday commotion to regular schedules can be a challenge. If you are finding it hard to make everything happen, remember what Einstein said, “Nothing happens until something moves.”

Just start moving and see what happens. You may find things fall into place faster than you expected. Here are five ways to give yourself a little nudge from Scientific American’s health section.

Define your motivation – If you are on track, but moving a little slowly, you may just need to speed up. If you are further afield, you may have to regroup and rethink your efforts. Take the time to figure out where you are and what needs to be done. Either way, the sooner you start moving the better you will feel.

Knock off some little tasks – Before you plunge into major tasks, start clearing away smaller chores. Review your budget, pay bills, and check your mail and email. Straighten up your desk and clear out the clutter in your workspace.

Play the part – When we get off track, it is easy to dress more casually, too. Most of us tend to snap back into the work mode when we put on our work clothes and make a few connections. You may bump into others out there who are moving slowly, too.

Take care of yourself – Finding the energy to move faster takes fuel and thoughtfulness. Do a shop to restock your healthiest foods, and make the time for a brisk walk. Invite a few friends over dinner and spend the evening talking. Call up a close friend for coffee or lunch.

Start moving to change the mood – This may be the most important step of all. Often, when we actually start moving, finishing off projects, or wrapping up deadlines, our mood changes, too. Some of that slowness slips away, and a few new ideas may show up. Positive views can be as contagious as negative ones if we let them.

Start a new notebook, jotting down random thoughts, ideas you might want to try, reminders for next week or next month. Reach out to find out what others are thinking, and then make the time to listen.  Before you know it you may be moving ahead and looking forward to everything that is coming. Sometimes we need a lull to appreciate how good it feels to be out there and involved.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downers Grove, Ill.

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