“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain
We all have procrastination in our lives. I’ve wanted to write a blog post for days. You’ve probably wanted to get fit for a long time. For me, procrastination can take a couple of different forms. There is the task that I need to do but don’t want to. It’s something that desperately needs doing, I just don’t feel like it. It’s probably not a fun task. There are plenty of excuses to NOT do this task: “I have to do this other thing first.” “I don’t have the energy for that right now.” “I’ll do it later. I promise.”
The other form of procrastination for me is getting overwhelmed by all the things I want to do. I don’t know where to start. So, I don’t do anything.
Is Exercise Your Frog?
It’s the start of the day and you know you need to exercise. You don’t feel like it. Ok. Take a step back. Make it a small, doable task. How about doing only 10 minutes. Get it over with. Then you can decide if you want to do 10 more minutes. Even if you don’t continue, at least you’ve done 10 minutes, which is better than nothing.
Is there something you really want to do that is fun? You really want to watch the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars or America’s Funniest Videos (is that still on?). Or maybe you want to plan a vacation. Reward yourself with some TV time or vacation research time after you have done 10 minutes of exercise.
That Overwhelmed Feeling
So many tasks, so little time. What to do first? You are likely feeling stressed out by all the things that need to be done. Stress causes the hormone cortisol to be released into your bloodstream. This clouds judgement, makes you think negative thoughts and makes you feel miserable all around. Ten minutes of exercise may be just what you need to help clear the cortisol from your bloodstream. Exercise gets your blood flowing, including to the brain so you can think clearly about what you need to do next. Eat that frog first and other tasks will fall into place.
Twenty minutes is better, but 10 minutes is a start.
Just Do It
When in doubt, follow Nike’s advice and just do it. You’ll feel better at the end of the day knowing you have moved, even if it is just 10 minutes more than yesterday.
If you have questions about how to eat the frog and start a fitness program, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.