Ever intend on being productive and then find yourself at the end of the day asking just what happened? Good. Keep reading.
Some say that scheduling our lives is an extremely limiting way to go about one’s day. But if we were to look closely, we’d see that just the opposite is true. If we pencil in all of the important things we want to accomplish, and commit to honoring the promises we make to ourselves, we will be astounded by how much time we’ll have freed up on the other end.
Too often we have an ever-growing list running rampant in our minds of all the to-do’s we should be doing. And yet, we procrastinate and put it off because of all the more attractive options we can think of doing in that moment. More often than not, this includes over-eating, over-drinking and over-Netflixing (don’t worry, that’s definitely a word). Or we might over-do it on social media to the point where we’ve gone down the rabbit hole, again, and have no idea where all the time has gone when we come out of it.
This happens because our primitive brain is designed to always seek pleasure and instant gratification. If left unguided and it has to choose between cooking a healthy meal or cramming down a sleeve of Oreos, guess what? The cookie wins always.
But the good news is that we can guide it! As humans, we have an incredible gift that many of us forget to take advantage of. There is the “human” part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) that wants what’s best for us. It has good intentions for our future. It wants us to practice yoga and stop being a couch potato. This part of our brain is accessed when we plan and make decisions ahead of time.
If we were to take a few minutes at the start of each week to lay out all that we want to accomplish, and make a promise to honor these commitments when they come along, we will begin to see outstanding results. Deciding ahead of time is key because in the moment, our minds will always choose to take the easy way out. So don’t give yourself that choice! Planning takes the pressure off by removing the constant back-and-forth battle we face between wanting what’s best for ourselves and wanting to do absolutely nothing. You’ve already decided. It’s done. Go do it. No exceptions. Not only that, but our mind will be less cluttered and able to think from a more clear and productive place.
P.S. Don’t forget to plan some free time for yourself! This makes rest and relaxation even more enjoyable because it will come from a space of knowing that you got done all that you needed to. Instead of worrying or feeling guilty that you should be doing something else, you will feel peace in knowing that this is exactly where you’re supposed to be.