Life in the Fast Lane


Starting the New Workyear the Right Way

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Two of my goals (notice that I didn't use the word "resolutions", but "goals") that I told myself I would try and meet were to complain less and exercise more patience this year.

And to keep myself accountable, I announced these to my family last December 31st, when we had our annual "family pre-New Year's" meeting before ushering in the new year.

In order to meet these goals, I decided to try and begin this new working year with (hopefully?) a rejuvenated spirit and a new perspective.

Here are five of the things I will try and keep in mind as I say hello to 2016, which will hopefully diminish my tendencies to complain and be impatient in a day:

1) Start the day on a quiet note

The times I read the Bible in a day vary, depending on when I can allot a chunk of time for Bible reading and prayer.

Photo from Faith Bible Church

This year, I want to ensure more consistency in terms of doing it in the morning, before a hectic day. This will allow me to attack the day with the right frame of mind and the right emotions, before diving into a flurry of deadlines, meetings, and presentations.

2) Follow my exercise schedule

I know what you're thinking: exercise? But isn't that all you've been doing? And if you're a real-life friend of mine, or even someone I interact with on social media, you'll know that I really am a workout-aholic. But what you don't always know is that I do have manyand I do mean, a lot of them — days wherein I don't have the energy to get out of bed to lace my running shoes.

I also have to battle against the temptation to ignore my alarm on scheduled exercise days (which is usually set an hour or an hour and 15 minutes earlier than my no-exercise days). But every time I do get up to run, or to do a bike trainer workout, I never regret it. I feel stronger, I feel more alive, and I'm in an amazing mood (thank you, endorphins).

No pain, no gain with the bike trainer!

3) Eat a good breakfast

I cannot not have breakfast. I'll be the crankiest person alive if I miss having breakfast (it's also largely because of my metabolism; since I work out 4-5 times a week, I'm always hungry!).

This year, though, I want to gift my body with better breakfast choices. Less processed food, more fiber, less sugar (which is hard, because I love having fruit juices with my breakfast), with only fastfood as an option when there's no other choice and as a very occasional "treat".

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In other words, make my breakfast count!

4) Tackle the things that are hard to do or that I don't want to do first

In a day, there will always be That One Project or That One Task that you're not looking forward to. Its email reminder will stare you in the face, taunting you with multiple notifications on your computer, smartphone, and tablet.

I remember when I was still a student, my mom would tell me to answer the hard questions first in an exam. Sometimes, I try and apply this same principle now that I'm working, but it isn't always easy to do so.

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This year, I'll try and make a more conscious effort to practice this, so it'll be fun to get to the easier and more "exciting" projects or tasks afterwards.

5) Look forward to something at the end of the day

Whether it's being able to go home earlier than planned, or a package that I'm expecting to receive, or dinner out with friends, or being able to babysit my nephew, knowing that there's something waiting for me at the end of the day will motivate me to have the right attitude the whole day.

Say hi to my one-year-old nephew, Mateo!

I hope that these little reminders to myself could also work for you.

And if you're starting your new fiscal year today, like I am, I hope the Holidays helped you recharge your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual batteries, so you can have a great year ahead. 

Happy New Year, everyone!

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