I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the methodology of “getting healthy” and “living healthy”. And why so many people fail at the effort. An’ jus fer der record, I jus used a 14 dollar wurd! “METH-o-DOLL–O-gee!” So thar! Take that! Texans can too speek rail AngLish! 😉 But I digress; back to the post at hand:
I’ve also given a lot of thought to how you fit any new effort into an already busy schedule. Take a look at the lists of “Related Posts” at the bottom of this article if you want to go back and read some of the articles as I’ve worked through these particular chains of thought.
To that end, I’ve been creating a prioritized “to do list”. A variety of things are going onto the list, all of which I believe will get me closer to my goal of living a healthy lifestyle. Some of them are relatively small and can be easily accomplished, others represent a major change and contain many smaller steps. Many of them represent a change where I replace an “unhealthy” behavior with a new “healthy” behavior.
As I’ve been working on the list it occurs to me that what I’m doing is HUGE! I mean, stop and think about this: basically I’m making changes that will affect EVERYTHING in my life. Some, indeed most of these, are not “do it once then forget it” things. They are “do it for the rest of your life” things.
I’ve created a new page I’m calling “Check List Check Off” where I’ll list all of these items and check them off as I do them. I’ve mentioned that some of the tasks are actually composed of smaller tasks. Check out my post on “Making my morning coffee more healthy” if you want to get an idea of what I’m talking about.
So, on the “Check List Check Off” page, I’ll tackle one thing at a time. But as I do so, that “one thing” may explode into dozens of small things when I tackle it. And as I finish each step, I’ll mark it *DONE*!
Some More Steps
I’ve thought of a couple additional things that I either need to do or want to do that will hopefully move me toward my goal.
- Track my weight and body fat percentage. I know from past experience that if I weigh in on a daily basis that I am more prone to sticking with any fitness effort. It also gives me a concrete measurement of how I am progressing.
- Take regular progress photos. This also falls into the category of keeping myself on track. But I also know I’m something of a performer. Knowing that I’m “performing” for an audience, even if it is for the four people who are actually reading this, makes me more likely to keep moving forward toward my goal. Just ask any of my friends. They will readily tell you that given any opportunity, I’ll go into performance mode. LOL
- Reduce Stress. This topic is so huge that it would require a whole book in and of itself. So for now I’ll leave it simply as “reduce stress.”
So, there you have it. I’ve made a start. I’m moving again.
See you on the dance floor!
- Healthy at every size! (txcowboydancer.wordpress.com)
- Getting Healthy is complicated and it takes time… …lots of time! (txcowboydancer.wordpress.com)
- Getting Healthy is complicated… …and it takes sleep, if you can get it. (txcowboydancer.wordpress.com)
- Getting Healthy is Complicated… …so do it one step at a time. (txcowboydancer.wordpress.com)
- Step by Step (txcowboydancer.wordpress.com)
- Step by, *prioritized* Step… (txcowboydancer.wordpress.com)
- Check-List, Check-Off (txcowboydancer.wordpress.com)
There is a time management tool that uses a simple A-B-C method of assigning priorities. While it is intended primarily as a time management tool for the workplace it can easily be adapted for personal use.
You take everything on your “to do” list, including individual tasks or smaller projects associated with both long-term and short-term goals, then you divide all the individual tasks into three groups:
♦ Group “A” — those items which are urgent, important, or BOTH
♦ Group “B” — those items which are important but which are not urgent.
♦ Group “C” — everything else, literally, everything that is not in group A or in group B.
Here are some examples of some typical workplace activities:
- Group “A” — urgent, important or some combination thereof
— mop up water from overflowed toilet in men’s room and put out “Wet Floor Sign”
— time sheets due on Tuesday
— grant application due on last day of this month
— completed employee evaluations due to HR by 1st of next month.
- Group “B” — important but not urgent
— schedule repair of timer for automatic lawn sprinkler system
— compare cost of owning copy machine versus leasing it
— review security camera footage to see if theft of bicycle from front of building was caught on tape.
— review and revise ordering and receiving procedures to streamline and make them more efficient.
Get the idea?
Now, here is the trick. Once you have your “A” and “B” tasks identified, you’ll have a whole bunch of stuff that did not go into either pile. That is your “C” pile.
- Group “C” — everything else
— read trade magazine
— bring fabric cleaner from home so that next time I have a spill I can clean it up right away without leaving a stain.
— color code the files in my office
— throw away the dead plant in the corner of my office and buy an artificial one from Linens & Things
— have the staff clean out the fridge in the break room. There are biological experiments in there.
The horrible thing about “C” items is that they are a sly temptress and will lead you astray! If you work on a pile of “C” things at the end of the day you feel great. You feel like you’ve really been working hard and gotten a lot done., Because “C” things generally are quick and easy to do. But then, the proverbial “other shoe” drops. You look over at the A and B pile and your realize that “Oh Crap!” The important things got left undone. And not doing those A and B things can spell trouble!
So, take all those C things which are the things that are the least important, put them into an envelope or box and date it. Then hide the box or envelope in a lower desk drawer or closet so that you won’t see it. That way it won’t keep bugging you or tempt you into working on C’s instead of A’s or B’s.
Granted, sometimes a “C” becomes an “A” or a “B”. If that happens, then you can pull it out of the back of the drawer and move it to the desktop, put in the A or B pile and work in it. Anything that is still in the “C” envelope in six months should be either trashed or filed. Face it. If it isn’t important to work on in six months what are the odds that it will *ever* become important enough to work on?
So, now that you know about the A-B-C method, follow along as I put items from the list on my blog post “Getting Healthy is Complicated… …So do it One Step at a Time“, into A, B, and C groups: Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to priorities lately. And choices. And stress. And “to do lists”. And how much or how little time we actually have in a given week. And how much control over our lives or rather how little control we may or may not have. And money or the lack thereof. And what I’d like my life to look like.
OMG!!! I’m having a mid-life crisis!
*PANT* #GASP# “I need bon-bons!” Where’s my fuzzy slippers and my tiarra?!
*Ahem* Sorry about that, my inner Drama Diva took possession of me for a moment. In all seriousness, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to basically three ideas which are intertwined:
1. Being healthy, living healthy is HARD.
2. Being healthy, living healthy takes TIME, lots of it.
3. Everything is connected to EVERYTHING
Which means friends and neighbors that if you make living healthy a priority, then it is going to take time, it is going to be hard and it is going to affect everything! So, that’s where the “start with something small” comes in. And celebrate every completed goal, even the smallest of who’s. Oh, sorry, wrong story. Smallest of Goals is what I meant! [a moment aside…. Those who are new to my blog and who didn’t get that I just alluded to the character of Cindy Lou, one of the smallest Who’s in the Christmas story “The grinch who stole Christmas“… well stick around a while. Soon my world will seem normal and everyone else will seem weird and yes, to those who are interested, that really is how my mind works. Squirrel!]
So, back to the topic at hand. Read the rest of this entry
Everything has seemed like this huge massive mountain with the summit miles above, insurmountable. And at times I’ve felt that the sides of that mountain were crashing down around me.
My friends will readily say that I never miss an opportunity for drama or a mini-performance. And, in complete candor, they are mostly right.
However, this time there is no drama, no exaggeration. I can truthfully say that during this past year there were days where something as simple as getting out of bed, showering, doing laundry, or paying a bill seemed to be a herculean task; it was just too much.
Getting healthy is not an easy thing to do and when you feel as I’ve felt over the past few months, well “not easy” can turn into “impossible.” At least mentally. The good news is that things are getting better. Bit by bit progress is being made. And for those of you out there who might be feeling the way I did, well, it really does get better and you can do it. One tiny step at a time.
In a previous post (Getting Healthy is complicated and it takes time… …lots of time! ) I talked about how, when calculating how much time you really have in a week, you will discover that it isn’t as much time as you think. And after you figure out just how little time you actually have you should feel proud of what you did manage to accomplish in a given week, not upset at what still remains to be done.
And in another post (Start of a New Journey…) I spoke about the importance of getting started, even if it is a tiny start. We’ll continue now with that chain of thought with a concrete example: