Very often each day we plan so many things and we only get half of them done. We then proceed to tell ourselves off for not having achieved those things and forget to congratulate ourselves for the things we have achieved.
Well there is a trick that you can use called "Action Planning" and this was kindly taught to me by the "Expert Patient Program" and is a new way of gettting things done but also not feeling like a failure. You can access this course in Cornwall by clicking on the link above or by googling Expert Patient Programme Cornwall.
How to Action Plan.
Begin by deciding on something that you would like to do, with emphasis on the YOU. eg. I would like to build my fitness and begin by walking 10 minutes per day and decide the following:
1. WHAT - Your WHAT is Walking
2. When - Your WHEN is in the Morning
3. How Much or How Long. eg. 10 minutes - Your HOW MUCH is 10 minutes
4. How often eg. 10 Minutes Your HOW OFTEN is three times a week.
And then work out what your confidence level of achieving your activity is, for example, try to choose something that is about a 7 out of 10 to do.
This way you will pretty much be able to achieve your plan and congratulate yourself. You can do this for as many things as you like and eventually you will get into the habit of congratulating yourself for doing things that you can achieve rather than telling yourself off for what you haven't.
Maybe your first Action Plan could be to do an Action plan ?
Always choose something that is achievable, action specific, measurable in some way and something that you can probably achieve.
If you change your plan slightly thats ok, if it turns out to be only 2 days out of 7 well thats a start. Continue on like this with tiny steps and you will make big changes.
Good Luck and dont forget to report back on Sunshine and Showers how well you got on .. :)