Stop the Overwhelm and Get Stuff DONE!

Stop the Overwhelm and Get Stuff DONE!

I’m sure you could have guess, but I am one of those type A people who loves to make lists.  I get great joy in crossing things off of my To Do Lists.

Each morning I review what I need to get done that day.  I try not to have more than 3 things that HAVE to get done that day.  Then 2 other things that are nice to get done, but don’t HAVE to get done right away.  Anything else that gets done, is a bonus…..and boy are those days GREAT!

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I’ve learned over the years to never have more than 5 things on my To Do List that have to get done or its overwhelming and stressful, which does not make for a very smooth day or a very calm me!  Not a pretty sight!

Its something that I’ve carried over into my training habits.  Breaking down my training into manageable blocks and only focusing on what I have to get done that day.  If I focus only on the finish line and what I have to do to get there, its too overwhelming.  Its like having 15 things on my To Do List.

By focusing only on what needs to get done that day and having faith that the training will get me to the finish line, training seems more manageable.

Week

SundayS

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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Rest Day Walk/Run (1/5 repeat 6 times) Full Body Strength Training Workout (30 minutes) Walk/Run (1/5 repeat 6 times) Full Body Strength Training Workout (30 minutes) Walk/Run (1/5 repeat 6 times) Rest Day or 30 minutes of low impact cardio (walk, bike, swim, dance, etc)
Stretching (10 minutes) Yoga Workout (10 minutes) Stretching (10 minutes) Yoga Workout (10 minutes) Stretching (10 minutes)

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Rest Day Run (30 minutes) Full Body Strength Training Workout (30 minutes) Run (30 minutes) Rest Day Race Day
Stretching (10 minutes) Yoga Workout (10 minutes) Stretching (10 minutes) Yoga Workout (10 minutes) Stretching (10 minutes)

 

And for someone like me, who likes to check things off of my To Do List, its gives me more things to check off.  Checking things off are like mini-goals toward my big goal!  It can often take weeks of training to make it to the finish line.  That’s a lot of time for mistakes, missed workouts, illness, injuries, boredom, etc to take hold.  Checking off my mini-training goals for that day: 10 minutes yoga, 40 minute run, foam rolling, keeps me going.  It helps me to see and track my progress along the way.

I promise….and I don’t say that often…if you break down your day AND your training into mini-goals or 2-3 Must Do items, you’ll feel more accomplished, less stressed, happier and get more done!  Who wouldn’t love that!  I know I do!

So my key take aways:

  • Only have 2-3 Must Do items on your To Do List each day
  • Have 2-3 Other Nice to Do items on your daily To Do List.  If you get to them, you get to them.
  • On a separate paper, keep a running list of all the To Dos you need to get done.  Use this as a back up if you find you have extra time one day and to help you not forget what needs to get done.
  • Break your training into daily workouts
  • Only focus on what you need to do for that day’s workouts.  Have Faith your daily training will get you to your goal.
  • Celebrate your Achievements and reaching the Big Goals or doing Extra from your To Do List.  (I personally find a glass of wine is a great way to celebrate….but you choose your own way!)

How do you make sure you get done what absolutely HAS to get done that day?  Let me hear it by commenting below.

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