The Grind of the Average Day: Keep Your New Year’s Momentum Going
The first six months of the year is almost in the can. How has the first half of 2016 been for you?
I have admitted on this blog that I love the “start of things” so the emotion of the new year still has me motivated. The thrill of building new content, finding solutions for my clients, and finally feeling innovative instead of in someone’s rut has been nothing short of an enlightenment. There are times I feel like I can work at a high level for days at a time. But I can feel the grind of the average day looming.
It’s like the itch at the back of your throat before you get sick.
When I get that feeling I immediately try to do three things: get more sleep, drink more water, and exercise. All three tend to lead into each other and while they may also help the business end of your life and schedule, here are three things more specific that will help you keep the New Year’s momentum.
Revisit your 2016 Goals
Has the first six months kept you on track or left you in the hole? Looking at the goals you set for 2016 can do a couple things for you. Just looking at them will help you remember why you do what you do — an emotional connection that cannot be underestimated. It will also give you a chance to recalibrate if you need to.
Read, Read, Read — Write, Write, Write
67 days ago I set out to start writing every day. I’ve missed a few days and while the words come to be a bit easier, it is not yet a discipline. What it has done for me is that I have had to consume quality content. It has required me to think about and write about what I know and what I believe . Do it for the next 30 days — seeing what comes out of you will surprise you, and keep you motivated.
This is the one I struggle with the most. Being involved in two fledgling companies I feel like I need to keep my foot on the gas and be relentless. But that would leave me and my family burned out. Be intentional about your play/downtime. If you plan this out those who want your attention will have it fully and when you get back to work, you will be re-energized.
Momentum is a powerful thing — revisit your goals, start reading and creating great content, and do not forget to just play. You will keep that New Year’s energy going and stay on track longer.
Jan Michael Aldea is a jack of all trades finally making good at being well rounded. His background in marketing, consulting, business coaching & training, real estate, fitness, parenthood, marriage, and life makes Michael ill equipped to be in a cubicle, but very equipped to help transform people and companies one (sometimes humorously awkward) step at a time. He is the president and director of business development for Go Left Marketing based out of Charlotte, NC.