It has taken quite a few weeks but I finally feel some what in control of my life and the direction that it is taking. This is week 6 of the blog, but I was already a few weeks into my new journey before I started to document it, so it has taken some time. Initially, I just constantly felt overwhelmed. So much to do, too much to juggle and not enough time. I know for sure that almost everyone can relate to this, particularly when taking on a new challenge. The key though, is to just stick in during this difficult stage as it will always get easier.
Week 6 for me was probably one of the best weeks I have had in a long time. For the first time I actually managed to get ahead of the game work wise, I had two full days off and I started Monday morning feeling full of energy and enormous drive to go after what I really want. I have always said that action has the biggest impact on motivation, as when you see yourself moving forward you want to keep going and, most importantly, you believe you can. Taking consistent action every single week is what got me to this point, not any one specific action.
This is the point I want to highlight the most. Too often, when it comes to fitness and weight loss people believe that it takes one big action or big moment to unlock success, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It is about repeating the same actions over and over again. I have approached my work schedule in the exact same way I approach my training as I know it works. Here is how it goes…
Every Sunday, plan the week ahead. For me a Sunday is a day off but I take just 10-15 minutes in the evening to plan my week. Training gets scheduled, that’s a given, but instead of writing a to do list for work I schedule specific tasks to get done. They go into the calendar along with my workouts and one to one sessions. This helps me prioritise tasks, get organised and, most importantly, there is no time wasted trying to decide what to do. This is crucial as previously when I used to make a to do list I would waste time choosing what to do at the beginning of each work session and then I would normally just choose the easiest and most comfortable task. The scheduling saves me valuable time and makes sure I do the most necessary task, not my most preferred. Then, at the end of each week, I assess how it went and make appropriate changes for the following week.
There is always a period of application and assessment when you start something new and during this period you may well need to make changes every week until you figure out what works best. I have been doing that continuously over the last 6 weeks or so and you have seen how some weeks have not gone to plan at all! I didn’t give up though, I just assessed what did not go well and tried to make changes for the following week. Now I am feeling the benefits of that hard work. Feeling more focused, less stressed and more in control. I fully expect that I will still have difficult weeks, that is life, but working consistently hard to maximise my time and trying to reach my goals is starting to pay off. I can see the progress and I am starting to feel as if I am building up some momentum, something that is crucial for success.
The start of any new challenge is always the most difficult. It is overwhelming, tiring and often stressful, that is why perseverance and building consistency are so important. If you are finding this part of your journey tough, keep going, keep planning and keep assessing progress. This sounds time consuming, it isn’t. It is 10 minutes at the end of every week and I promise it will make all the difference.
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