I found this off of a Huffington Post article on fitness and decided that it may be a good philosophy to test out for a few weeks. It’s been a while since I read an article and said “YESH!” out loud. Rating of perceived effort is used in a workout to avoid over training the body or overworking a particular muscle group. The emphasis is placed on showing up, doing the minimal amount of effort and if you “feel” like doing more, then do it. If not, no problem, keep doing the minimum.
I’m all about breaking a big task down into smaller chunks, so here’s my breakdown to try out for the next few weeks.
Part 1 – Showing Up
Personally, I need to have specific instructions set into my calendar about who, what, where and when. Most of the times, the why portion is self-evident, otherwise I won’t bother to book the meeting.
If I have a meeting for The Learning Studio, then I know who I’m meeting with (generally the title of the calendar entry – Scot and Oprah meeting), what we are discussing is in the description part, location of said meeting (google hangout, skype, Cafe Dineen, etc), and specific times (start and end time, as well as reminders).
Here’s what I’ve been doing for workouts:
Title – Workout
Time – 30 to 60 minutes, with a reminder two hours beforehand
Where – blank location
What – blank description
Why – isn’t it self-evident?
So that’s gotta change; get more specific for non-work related tasks.
Part 2a – Initial Action Item
I’ve got my calendar item – in this case a slow long jog – and now I need my initial action item. In this case, it’s run for ten minutes then evaluate to see which path I should take. I’m guilty of spending too much time planning out a task (such as calling someone new) to discover the gritty details about what has to be done and sometimes run out of time to get the task done.
So I’m only going to think about and note the initial action item (which is generally the hardest part of the task iteself) then dive into the initial action item.
Part 2b – Tracking Progress
In business, I’m all about tracking specific metrics to ensure that I’m still on the right path and
Maybe the metric that I’ve been using (weight) is the wrong one. This will require a little bit more research online and looking inside myself to find something that I would enjoy tracking and is relatively easy to find.
Part 3 – Acknowledging Success
I’ll admit that I don’t do this enough. It’s not that a big celebration is needed, but confiding in a few people that I’ve overcome an obstacle or reached a milestone is needed. Everyone needs a pat on the back, a few words of encouragement and to hear those sweet words – “I believe in you”.
I’ve noticed that some of the most successful people in my life, only focus on the task at hand with minimal planning for the future. Now this doesn’t mean that they didn’t plan, it just means that I never saw them do it on a daily or weekly basis. Planning was something that was done at the start of a business, at the end of the fiscal year, and at a gathering or convention with your peers. A decision to do something was generally motivated by personal reason more than a business reason (emotion over logic) and a decision to change things up was thought about over a period of months instead of hours or days. And without another word, I’m off to do my slow jog. (Sept 14, 2015 – 5:32am)