Hello loves. Let me start by apologizing for the amount of time that has passed since my last post. I had quite a bit going on surrounding the holidays and family, and things have finally settled. I’ve also had a bit of the blogger blues and feeling like I’m not getting anywhere with my blog. I actually shared this in a brief rant tweet and to my surprise, I received a very uplifting tweet from Nicole who authors Nicole’s Notebook (check it out, you won’t regret it) that helped kick my butt back into gear. I have so much to share over the next few posts, I’m so excited.
But today I want to share a strategy to achieving all of your 2019 goals, and the goals for many years to come. I actually had to implement this method to get this blog post started (judgement free zone on this blog, ‘kay.)
Its called Activation Energy.
What is activation energy?
Activation energy, by definition, is
the minimum quantity of energy which the reacting species must possess in order to undergo a specified reaction.
How can I use activation energy?
That may sound scientific, but stay with me. The theory of activation energy is to do the minimal amount required for a task. For example, if you have to write a paper for school or work or whatever it may be, you may procrastinate because it sounds dreadful. Writing the entire paper, the hypothesis, the thesis, alllll the paragraphs, the conclusion, it never ends!
But, using the power of activation energy, you begin by just simply opening a Word document and putting your name and date at the top. Easy enough right? You have done very little but at the same time you have gotten past the hardest part – starting. Then, it’ll be easier to open up and begin writing the next time you decide to work on it, because you aren’t starting with a blank slate.
Then, the idea is that once you have done that very first step, and you are already there in the zone, you might as well start the introduction paragraph and get that out of the way. And once you have that done, since you’re on a roll, lets go ahead and finish the body of the paper. And once that’s completed, heck, you only have the conclusion to worry about now! Why leave it for later if you can knock it out now and be done?
Do you catch my drift?
Basically, first start by breaking down your goal into smaller pieces, and then work on the first, small piece and then once your “energy is activated”, you will be inclined to continue.
And, if after completing that small, initial goal you aren’t inclined to continue at that very moment, at least you started, which can be the hardest part. Then next time you decide to work on it again, it is a little easier than starting from scratch.
Activation energy can be used with any goal that comes to mind. A common one we tend to have for the new year is to get fit and healthy and finally live the life you want to live. You can implement activation energy with this goal by changing a small thing with your diet, such as swapping out fruit juice for fruit itself. Then, day by day or week by week change other little things about your diet.
You can also use activation energy when it is time to go to the gym. I personally prefer to go to the gym in the early morning when it’s less packed, but this also means dragging myself out of bed and revving up my energy to actually go, which is easier said than done. So my trick is to start by just simply putting on my gym clothes. (It helps if you have them laid out the night or day beforehand) Then, once that’s done I just have to gather my belongings and my drink and get out the door.
If you are a fellow blogger, this tip can apply to writing a new post as well. Just start by creating the title! Then add to an intro paragraph, then another and another.
If you make using activation energy a habit in 2019, I guarantee you will any goal you put your mind to.
If you have any goals you want to accomplish this year, I would love to hear them!
My goal this year is to consistently blog. I’m already off to a great start hah!