Putting Thoughts Into Action
Setting a SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) goal is a great way to get started making a change. This is true in all walks of life. But setting the goal is not enough, you have to work to achieve the goal. This takes following a plan and being mindful. What we mean by mindfulness is keeping that goal at the forefront and making actual choices. What keeps someone mindful will be different for everyone, but here are some tips you can try.
It sounds silly, but setting multiple alarms throughout the day can call attention to the actions you need to do or not do. By setting an alarm, it reminds you of your goal during times it can be easy to forget. For example, if your goal is to drink more water and you usually forget as you’re sitting at your desk all day, set an alarm on your phone for each hour to remind yourself to take a drink.
Whether you keep a log or use a device, tracking your activity is important to achieving your goal. Many people like writing things down as it is a way to reflect on your activity as you track it to look back at your progress. For others, using products like a FitBit, Jawbone, Garmin, HydraCoach, etc. help because they eliminate subjectivity in what is tracked. If you wear a monitoring device, it stops you from forgetting what you did or forgetting to track it.
Create Your Environment
You want to set yourself up for success and that includes doing things to make your places and spaces more supportive of your efforts. In some cases it’s getting rid of the things that are detrimental to your goal, like junk food when you’re trying to eat better. In other cases it’s adding in things, like post it notes with motivational messages or reminders or putting fruit out on the counter to grab as a snack. Whatever the situation may be, our environment should be set up to help us, not harm us.
By being mindful of the choices we make, they hopefully begin to be habits. Setting habits help us achieve and maintain our goals. What’s your goal for 2016?
Coaching Resources at UMB
A coach can help keep you focused on your goal and provide resources for how to achieve it. Coaches get to know you and can make recommendations you may actually follow because they’re based on your lifestyle. Looking to eat a healthier diet? Work with a coach to develop a meal plan to fit your style. Hate to cook? Your meal plan should focus on ways to eat healthier that don’t involve hours in the kitchen.
UMB offers all associates the opportunity to meet with a dedicated wellness coach, Michelle Riley. You can meet with Michelle face to face or telephonically. Book your appointment online.
Anyone enrolled on the medical plan has the option to work telephonically with coaches through Cigna. Our Integrated Personal Health Team (IPHT) is available by calling 855-229-1137.