My first blog post in this series can be found here. The second part of this three part series looks at time management:
2.) Be brutally honest with the time you can dedicate to working out.
With this apparently being the best policy you would be a fool to ignore it. Lets kick things off with a business analogy. “Whilst still working full time in my regular job I am going to work 20 hours per day 7 days per week on my new business”. I mean it sounds awesome and your new business would be off the ground in no time, but lets face it, that will never ever happen. It is smash your face into a wall obvious. Yet when the same thing happens with a new fitness regime you convince yourself that it is actually possible and you legitimately on some level for a short period of time actually believe it.
To get accurate on time do a few simple calculations. How long is your average work day. Make sure you include travel time in this. Plus up how much free time you actually have at the minute. Maybe look at time spent watching tv or surfing the socials. Figure out how much time you are willing to part with from things such as family time, personal hobbies etc, in order to dedicate to your new persuit. I guarantee you have worked out those totals based on a perfect world scenario. So now do the same but factor in when the kids are sick, when you’re running overtime and when your busy social calendar takes priority. An accurate number will be somewhere in the middle.
When you have this realistic number you can create a realistic plan. If your number is as low as 2 hours in a week that is absolutely fine, so don’t plan on working out for 6 hours. An hour per day every day might sound great but it just isn’t going to happen. You know it isn’t going to happen but you still attempt to convince yourself otherwise. (FYI – that would be your ego dictating that, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish for another post).
By the end of the first week you have failed to achieve what you set out to, by a huge margin I might add, and have once again built a negative association with fitness. The whole point here is the amount of time you dedicate to this DOES NOT MATTER, as long as 80% of the time you are able to achieve that time period. Once you have figured out the accurate specifics of your timing capabilities you are on the way to a very accurate, effective piece of programming.
The third and final part of my ‘Goal Setting 101’ post will be live tomorrow – come back then and learn about setting a realistic time frame to achieve your goal.