Does this sound familiar? It’s Monday morning and your alarm goes off at 5am. You lay back for a minute and run through your day. You’ve got to workout, make breakfast, hop in the shower, get the kids to Google classroom, get yourself on Zoom and darn, dentist appointments at 4pm.
You are overwhelmed before your tootsies hit the floor. And if you are overwhelmed with all you have to do, you’re going to start cutting things out. And what gets cut first? Yep. Your workout.
So here’s a quick way to re-direct so you don’t get re-directed. (Ha, see what I did there? )
It’s Monday morning and your alarm goes off at 5am. You roll out of bed, get into your workout clothes and amble into the kitchen for a cup of coffee or water. Or both. You glance at the list you’ve written the night before – workout, make breakfast, hop in the shower, get the kids to Google classroom, get myself on Zoom and darn, dentist appointments at 4pm.
And without missing a beat you make your way outside for your run, walk or head to your exercise class.
Has your responsibilities shifted? Has a magical little helper-elf joined your family to take the load off? Nope. But you did two very important things. You wrote down what you had to do so there weren’t any surprises and you took your big, hairy, monster of a day and faced it one task at a time.
When you set your to-do list the night before you go to bed you’re doing a few important things.
- Taking your tasks out of your brain -where it can rattle around for hours and disrupt your sleep, and
- Giving you a road map for your day
Now, your day may be so crazy that when you look at your list you realize that you don’t have time for a 45 minute run. So you can adjust as needed. Maybe make it a 20 minute HIIT workout our just go climb the hill next to your house a few times. You’re still on track, your habit loop isn’t affected. You shifted. And shifting is ok.
So tonight before you head to bed jot down what you want to/have to do tomorrow in order of time (making exercise #1) and see if you can pick off one task at a time. Tip! Don’t look at your schedule tomorrow morning and worry or stress over anything that isn’t happening next on the list. For example, if after your workout you have a Zoom at 8am, don’t worry about dinner. Stay focused!
You’ve got this. Now go run!
Don’t worry about planning dinner when you’re brushing your teeth. Your only goal is to do your workout.
The key to turning this around is just focus on the next thing. And then do it. For example.