Whew…soooo…about that posting thing. Ok, here’s the deal. I am still reading other blogs. I love their content. It reminds me I should post my own content. What gives? Where is the breakdown ? Uhhh…that would be in the execution. You know, I talk with clients all of the time about the disconnect between what we want to do and what we actually do. It can come down to a number of different factors, but it is often a prioritization issue. The common phrase is, “there are never enough hours in the day.” Is that really true though? The reality – even if there were 30 hours in a day, or 50, or even 60, it doesn’t really matter. We would still find ways to fill it up and then again complain about never having enough time. Call it human nature or whatever you’d like, but I think it’s a truth we have to recognize. Let’s be real here. I had time to catch up on an episode of Undrafted this morning, but I am just now writing this blog post (see 2.5 hours later). It’s all about shifting our thinking and prioritizing the things we deem important. Whether we want to admit it or not, the things we give the highest priority to are what we are saying are the most important things in our lives. Now, this may be true in cases like taking care of your children, feeding your pets, drinking your coffee, etc etc. The last one is always especially high on my priority list…definitely important in my life. Anyone else??
With that being said, there are other things we are giving importance to that maybe shouldn’t be high on our priority list. Should I have watched the episode of Undrafted this morning, rather than writing this blog post? Well, that’s a difference of opinion potentially. The truth is I want this blog to be a higher priority in my life…in my schedule. Therefore, the answer is no…I should’ve written the blog post first…or at least during. 😉
Let’s think about how that applies to exercise. We have a to-do list that is a mile long…which I want to write about in a future blog post, but we’ll get to that later…anyways, what was I saying? Oh yes, we have a super long to-do list, and exercise is at the bottom and thus pushed off most days. Whether intentional or not, we are essentially saying that we do not value exercise as a high priority in our lives. This may be true. I’ve spoken with plenty of people that just don’t care about exercise and only have it on their to-do list because they “have to” or “should.” On the other hand, there is a good number of people who say it’s important to them, yet it falls to the bottom of their prioritization list. Well, your actions are giving a different message than your words. Recognition is the first step, then you need to decide what needs to change. This can be the fun part – the strategizing.
Maybe a TV show saved on your DVR is important because it helps you wind down and relax, but exercise is also something you want to be important. Well, could you “bribe” yourself by only allowing the TV show to be watched if you do it when you’re exercising? It’s a great way to look forward to exercise, rather than dreading it. It’s also a great way to help you fit in exercise without feeling like you have to sacrifice something else you really enjoy. The hard part about fitting something into your schedule is when you feel like you have to sacrifice something for it. You automatically start to have a negative association with exercise (whether consciously or subconsciously) because this new task is taking you away from something you enjoy. This makes it that much harder to maintain a consistent routine. We’ll constantly be fighting that battle of willpower because you are “forcing” yourself to do something that you don’t enjoy as much as what was previously in your schedule. Make sense? Now, this can apply to pretty much anytime we’re trying to start a new habit or reprioritize our schedule. We have these mental roadblocks that can stand in our way, sometimes unknowingly. When the habit doesn’t stick (or even get started), we feel frustrated with…yep, you guessed! Ourselves! Habit formation is hard, so let’s not make it harder on ourselves than it has to be.
In the interest of fitting in a new workout, I thought I’d share one I used at the gym yesterday for a quick full body circuit. I only did 2 rounds of this workout, since I was running a little short on time, but this brings me to something I want to talk about in my next blog post – habit first, effort later! Until then, enjoy this full body workout! And I’d love to hear from you, what is something you have as a priority in your mind, but it’s not a priority on your schedule??
Enjoy your Friday! Hopefully, you’ll be enjoying it with some type of activity that has moved higher in your priority list! 🙂