I’m sure most of you have jobs. I myself have a busy job in London which means that I leave the house every morning at 8am and do not return until 7.30pm. At the weekends there are chores to tend too, kids to look after, friends and family to see…so how do you find the time to invest in yourself and enable yourself to reach financial independence. I believe it needs focus and energy.
I have a set of goals which I want to achieve. These are broken down into different categories so that I am not just focusing on financial goals the whole time. I want to have fun too!! The categories I use are:
- Financial- where I break them down into short term goals (reach this month), medium term goals (24 month goals) and long term goals.
- Family and Friends
- Learning and Experiences
- Health and Exercise
It is important to then review those goals regularly. I set aside an hour every Sunday morning between 8.30 and 9.30 to review my goals.
Have a vision board
By creating a visual representation of all the things you want achieve and by putting it in a place where you will see it every morning, a vision board can serve as a brilliant pick-me-up first thing in the morning. It will remind you of what you are trying to achieve, help you to focus on the bigger picture, and help to put you in a driven mood for the day.
I created my vision board by searching for JPEGS all over the internet and then printing them all out on a piece of A3 paper. I have stuck it on my mirror to look at every morning! The cleaner may think I’m a bit mad, but it serves an awesome purpose!
How to Raise Your Energy Levels
Exercise it a wonderful way of raising your mood and energy levels. I take a run every morning around the local common, come rain or shine, for about half an hour. This serves as my way of waking myself up for the day ahead, helping to keep me in shape, and raising my mood- exercise releases endorphins, the feel good hormone.
I don’t think it matters what you do, just start doing some form of exercise- preferably first thing in the morning- this could be walking instead of taking the bus, starting to lift weights 3 times a week, or signing up to a local football team.
Food also plays a part
I am very interested in the way food affects our mood and energy levels, and recently went on a course called “nutrition for everyday living” to boost my knowledge.
If you want to maintain energy levels throughout the day and be your best it is important to avoid processed food which cause a spike in blood sugar levels and then a trough in energy levels- foods to avoid includes processed foods such as cakes, biscuits, white rice and white bread. Instead eat lots of raw vegetables and nuts.
Another great thing which I learnt recently is that some foods contain serotonin or help the body to make serotonin. Serotonin is the calming chemical and helps to control stress and boost your mood, so getting lots of it is a good thing! Foods which do this include- oats, bananas and walnuts. So if you really want to start the day off well have some porridge with a chopped up banana!