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Get Inspired- Post Your Goals Up on the Wall

Get Inspired- Post Your Goals Up on the Wall
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Most Lifehack readers are in tune with the value of goal-setting and how important it is to have a vision of what you want to achieve. This vision is really solidified by having actual visual representations of your goals. I like having a place to look at things that inspire me, like quotes, photos, and other meaningful scraps of paper that I enjoy, so this weekend I did a very easy project using cork tiles to create more bulletin board space. I created this space in my closet so that I could see these motivating items each morning when I am getting ready for the day.

You could also do this project to create more bulletin board space in your home office, kitchen, utility room, or other area to serve as a communication center for your family’s calendars, forms, and schedules. It’s very easy to do. Believe me, if I can do this project, so can you!

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Goal Wall

Here is what you need:

  • Cork tiles (information and options below)
  • Adhesive- I used Liquid Nails “Paneling” formula because it specifically mentioned corkboard on the label. I am sure there are other options.
  • Caulking gun (if your adhesive requires it)
  • Measuring tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Sharp utility knife and a cutting surface (a cardboard box works well)
  • Yardstick or other straight edge for cutting

First, measure your space. You could be doing an entire wall or just a section of one, or even the back of a door. Get creative! Use your measurements to decide then how much cork you’ll need to buy. I used 12 x 12” cork tiles, so it was easy to figure out what was needed.

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The cork tiles can be difficult to find locally—you may want to call ahead before trying some stores. I was surprised that they were NOT available at home improvement stores. I found them at Michael’s (a chain of craft stores- but they did not carry them online). Here are some places I found them on the web: Corkfloor.com and BoardDudes. Corkfloor.com also has an excellent selection of colors if you want to get even more elaborate, and Corkstore.com has rolls of cork that you could use to carve shapes if you want to make it a work of art. You need to make sure whatever you buy is thick enough for pushpins to work well. Also buy extra tiles in case you make a cutting mistake.

Think through your layout of tiles before gluing them on. I had one row of tiles that required trimming, so I decided to have the cut edges underneath the upper shelving so they would not show as much. I glued the whole tiles on first, then I cut each piece to fit above it.

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Goal Wall

I marked the required cuts with my marker and cut them with the utility knife against the yardstick as a guide. Use the cardboard box underneath when you are cutting to make sure you don’t damage the surface below. I also recommend cutting the tiles just slightly larger than you think, since the material is “spongy” and will line up more cleanly if you fit them very tightly.

This project took me less than an hour, not counting the time needed to shop for the supplies. Get inspired!

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Lorie Marrero is a Professional Organizer and creator of The Clutter Diet, an innovative, affordable online program for home organization. Lorie’s site helps members lose “Clutter-Pounds” from their homes by providing online access to her team of organizers. Lorie writes something insanely practical every few days or so in the Clutter Diet Blog. She lives in Austin, TX, where her company has provided hands-on organizing services to clients since 2000.

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15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)

15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)
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It’s okay, you can finally admit it. It’s been two months since you’ve seen the inside of the gym. Getting sick, family crisis, overtime at work and school papers that needed to get finished all kept you for exercising. Now, the question is: how do you start again?
Once you have an exercise habit, it becomes automatic. You just go to the gym, there is no force involved. But after a month, two months or possibly a year off, it can be hard to get started again. Here are some tips to climb back on that treadmill after you’ve fallen off.

  1. Don’t Break the Habit – The easiest way to keep things going is simply not to stop. Avoid long breaks in exercising or rebuilding the habit will take some effort. This may be advice a little too late for some people. But if you have an exercise habit going, don’t drop it at the first sign of trouble.
  2. Reward Showing Up – Woody Allen once said that, “Half of life is showing up.” I’d argue that 90% of making a habit is just making the effort to get there. You can worry about your weight, amount of laps you run or the amount you can bench press later.
  3. Commit for Thirty Days – Make a commitment to go every day (even just for 20 minutes) for one month. This will solidify the exercise habit. By making a commitment you also take pressure off yourself in the first weeks back of deciding whether to go.
  4. Make it Fun – If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it is going to be hard to keep it a habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don’t give up if you’ve decided lifting weights or doing crunches isn’t for you. Many large fitness centers will offer a range of programs that can suit your tastes.
  5. Schedule During Quiet Hours – Don’t put exercise time in a place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important. Right after work or first thing in the morning are often good places to put it. Lunch-hour workouts might be too easy to skip if work demands start mounting.
  6. Get a Buddy – Grab a friend to join you. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the exercise habit.
  7. X Your Calendar – One person I know has the habit of drawing a red “X” through any day on the calendar he goes to the gym. The benefit of this is it quickly shows how long it has been since you’ve gone to the gym. Keeping a steady amount of X’s on your calendar is an easy way to motivate yourself.
  8. Enjoyment Before Effort – After you finish any work out, ask yourself what parts you enjoyed and what parts you did not. As a rule, the enjoyable aspects of your workout will get done and the rest will be avoided. By focusing on how you can make workouts more enjoyable, you can make sure you want to keep going to the gym.
  9. Create a Ritual – Your workout routine should become so ingrained that it becomes a ritual. This means that the time of day, place or cue automatically starts you towards grabbing your bag and heading out. If your workout times are completely random, it will be harder to benefit from the momentum of a ritual.
  10. Stress Relief – What do you do when your stressed? Chances are it isn’t running. But exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, releasing endorphin which will improve your mood. The next time you feel stressed or tired, try doing an exercise you enjoy. When stress relief is linked to exercise, it is easy to regain the habit even after a leave of absence.
  11. Measure Fitness – Weight isn’t always the best number to track. Increase in muscle can offset decreases in fat so the scale doesn’t change even if your body is. But fitness improvements are a great way to stay motivated. Recording simple numbers such as the number of push-ups, sit-ups or speed you can run can help you see that the exercise is making you stronger and faster.
  12. Habits First, Equipment Later – Fancy equipment doesn’t create a habit for exercise. Despite this, some people still believe that buying a thousand dollar machine will make up for their inactivity. It won’t. Start building the exercise habit first, only afterwards should you worry about having a personal gym.
  13. Isolate Your Weakness – If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Is it feeling self-conscious at the gym? Is it a lack of fitness know-how? As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation.
  14. Start Small – Trying to run fifteen miles your first workout isn’t a good way to build a habit. Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit. Otherwise you might scare yourself off after a brutal workout.
  15. Go for Yourself, Not to Impress – Going to the gym with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with only the goal to make money. The effort can’t justify the results. But if you go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when results are slow.

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