- Plan your food. We know our calendars atleast a week in advance, right? Planning ahead gives better outcomes in almost everything in life.
- Design your meals based on the upcoming activities. If its a sedentary week, then less carbs and more good fat. If its going to be a lot of running then some healthy carbs from whole grains. You get the idea!
- Food journal! Does not have to be a diary or a spreadsheet. There are a lot of user friendly apps out there. If you don’t have a record of what you have eaten, there is no way we can improve our diet or diagnose the root cause if something goes wrong. Observing and tracking what you eat and how you reacted to it adds to your food wisdom. No one can tell you what suits your body. Only you can! And observing yourself is the best route.
- What are your native food choices? How did your ancestors used to eat? How did you used to eat before you started living on your own? List them and eliminate the ones you don’t take very well. Highlight the ones your body loves. Tilt the balance in the favor of the ones that suit your body. Have this list handy on your phone for when you go food shopping.
- A personal hack for me is to not go shopping when I am hungry. Only shop in a satiated state. This way I buy deliberately and not desperately!
- Read more. Keep picking up ideas for better living. And test them out if possible. We never know what works and what does not. Knowledge of the right options and strategies is a very critical first step. And for me, reading about health regularly is a way of keeping myself motivated and engaged on the topic.
I took a new role which is out of my comfort zone. And I have also read 5 really good books in the past 5 months that helped me get a very good perspective on life in general. I also gained insights into my personality, individuality and work styles. Here are some of the things I realized about myself in the past 2 months.
- I don’t work! I solve problems, come up with brilliant ideas and ask the right questions. I dealt with myself wrong all these years. When ever I pushed myself to ‘work’, it doesn’t work! I cannot just force myself to work. If I spend time defining a problem in my mind, I automatically spend enough time in solving it.
- Thinking drives my action. I need to first think clearly about something. Only after I have given something enough thought can I act on it. My best does not come when I have not spent enough time thinking.
- Patience is my strength and I can beat most people in it.
- I am more creative when I work by myself. I suck at collaboration. When collaborating, I just let other people do the talking.
- Meetings suck the life out of me(and most other people). Preparation is the key to having productive meetings at work. I suck at meetings if I am unprepared.
- I don’t enjoy big groups (unless there is good humor flowing around). I am more comfortable in small groups. I like to connect with people one-on-one and have meaningful conversations
- I can concentrate really well when the problem or task is clearly defined. Ill-defined phrases like ‘hard work’ do not make sense to me.
- I am not a detail oriented person. But can spend hours discussing ideas.
- Humor is one of the things that keeps me going. It is indispensable for living a sane life!
- I don’t like to control people. And I don’t like it when people try to control me. This is not a new realization. But I understood it more clearly.
- I am an introvert. I realized it a few years ago, but over the past few weeks realized the significance and the impact on my work style more and more.
- Do not be in a rush. Savor.
- Want to learn a new tool/technology/musical instrument. I am going to start with 10 little things about it each day. In a few days you will begin to see the bigger picture.
- Have a game plan to learning (like what this list is trying to convey). Not a goal or task. When the goal of completing this 400 page book tonight is on my mind – it is overwhelming.
- Overwhelming yourself is a recipe for failure. It defeats the purpose of wanting to learn. If I am chill about it, I might actually complete those 400 pages 🙂
- Learning a little bit each day cements the ideas in the long term memory. And you will not hate it.
- Steve Wozniak said patience was his biggest strength in learning.
- As you know more and more concepts, the pace of your learning will pick up automatically. You will not need to push.
- Learning slowly can feel meditative. It can relax you.
- Ask questions. It gets you engaged.
- Try to predict what is coming up in the next few pages (or in the upcoming lecture. You get the point). This creates curiosity and prepares you to absorb the material.
There is a part of you
that never felt low
a part of you that
never gave up
that always reassured you
stronger than anything you know,
It will give you the strength
to do what it takes to be who you are,
to find your peace,
manifest your greatness,
and will guide you along –
to where you belong!