Last week, Lisa, my fellow Runitlikeamom blogger, shared the following inspirational poster:
As I read this quote, I chuckled to myself because I runcrastinate all the time, but for the opposite reason. On a typical day, I procrastinate my workout to complete my housework. The silver lining is I have been very consistent with regular exercise despite this. The hard part about starting my workout too late is when I have to rush like a lunatic to get to work on time. I know it is not good for me to go through this kind of stress, especially as I am getting older.
I know I have plenty of time in the morning because I wake up at 4:15 a.m. and have to leave by 7:25 a.m. I typically give myself about 1 hour to drink some coffee while I work on my blog or check social media on my computer. Before I begin exercising, I pack everyone’s lunch bags. If I start my workout at 6:00 a.m. and be done by 6:30, I would have close to 50 minutes to shower and get dressed. Unfortunately, I slipped into the habit of starting my workouts closer to 6:30 and getting into the shower at 7:00 a.m., which cuts it too close. I arrived to work on time (weather permitting) most days because I somehow got myself from the shower to the car in under 10 minutes.
To cut my morning stress, I decided to make some changes. Starting next week (spoken like a true procrastinator), I am going to switch my morning routine. I will still wake up at 4:15 a.m. and drink a cup of coffee. By 5:00 a.m., I plan to start my workout. After the workout, I will shower, get the lunches packed, and get ready for work. If I can be dressed and made up by 6:15 a.m., this would give me an hour to do whatever I want.
In addition to changing the order of my morning routine, I also need to schedule time to clean my house and write my blogs on the weekends or evenings. This would remove the excuse to runcrastinate to begin with.
I know I have a better outlook about life when I exercise regularly, have a clean home, and stay ahead of my deadlines. I know I can get these things done with less stress if I plan my time better than I have been. I want to thank Lisa for sharing that quote because it allowed me to think about another way to improve my life. 🙂