Your Future is in the Present

Hello, and welcome back. I hope you have had a wonderful summer! My summer has been great and sunny, and involved a lot of inspiration and thinking about the future of the #Busbeesblog. Now, I am fully recharged and ready to get back into my daily routines (i.e. involuntarily stop eating excessive amounts of chocolate and fast food every day).

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is one of my favourite books, and the quote above has been imprinted on my mind since I read it. This quote motivates me to pursue and engage in good intentions, every day. I have personally witnessed how my thoughts eventually materialize into actions, and how – over time – these actions become habits. According to Will Durant, “you are what you repeatedly do“. By extension, you become what you repeatedly do. In that sense, our minds have significant power in taking us to our future. That is, the future we visualize and pursue for ourselves.

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My aim for this fall is to work on implementing new good habits, to achieve my formally (aka scribbled down on a napkin..) formulated goals, in the hopes that preparation meeting opportunity will lead to great achievements. For instance, I have thought about how to optimize my Hour of Powers, which books to read, and established a personal budget. I have also been working on a new evening routine, which you can read more about tomorrow.

Have you thought about your goals for the fall semester? And how to achieve them? If not, check out Mind Tools for inspiration on how to set and reach SMART goals. Happy reading!

Maximize Your Mornings

I was introduced to the concept of “Hour of Power” by Remente, which is an amazing goal setting app for personal and organizational development. I initially signed up for one of the app’s pre-made goals to maximize my morning routines. This basically involved obvious things, such as getting up early, making my bed, wearing clothes picked out the day before…

However, it also included having one Hour of Power each morning before arriving at work, where you focus on whatever makes you feel good, or work on developing a new skill or something else of your choosing. Although I guess it is preferred to arrive in the office as early as possible (…), taking that extra hour to yourself is highly recommended from a mindfulness and personal development point of view, according to Remente (and me).

As mentioned, it is completely up to you what your Hour of Power involves. However, if you need some inspiration getting started, here are some examples:

  • Meditation or yoga
  • Reading a book
  • Working out
  • Having breakfast with a friend
  • Practicing a hobby
  • Reading the actual news articles (not just scrolling headlines…)
  • Blogging…

bedroom inspiration

I personally also find that the Hour of Power makes me wake up earlier, because I have something to look forward to, instead of morning stress and a quick breakfast on the way to work.

P.S. It is totally allowed to have more than one Hour of Power in a day!