Wake up. Brush your teeth. Floss. Shower. Get the kids up. Get breakfast. Make other meals. Get dressed. Do your makeup (for women). Drive to work. Run the errands. Go to the bathroom. Work a full day. Meditate. Train. Work on a hobby. Help the kids with their homework. Read a book. And on, and on, and on.
With all these demands, it is no wonder most of us cannot find time (or other resources) to pick the right foods or train the right way or just fit in some sport and play. It is this overload on our time occurring without the physical component that leads us into being overweight, stiff, tired, in pain, cardiovascularly incompetent slugs.
I ran into this absolutely great talk to some grad students from a Canadian college professor on procrastination. He’s been studying it for quite some time. I’ve been studying it for years with all of you….and, of course, myself.
Watch the video below if you have time. However, I am going to give a quick point of view on this below. I know. It’s funny that I am talking about time management and posted an hour long video.
Laziness?….Resource management? Laziness has a purpose. Laziness is embedded in all of us. It is an instinct. It is an instinct to utilize our energy from our food and our time as the limited resources that they are. We forget that paleo man had to reserve his resources for only the most valuable of activities such as hunting, gathering, sex, travel, and defense. Procrastination is one technique we use to make sure that we utilize resources optimally.
The answer. Our dilemma is that we hold this instinct yet live in a resource rich environment. Acting pro-actively and methodically by setting goals, pre-determining high impact activities, listing our resources, identifying risks, and pre-determing mitigations for those risks is the way to just “do” rather than overthinking every task. Make habits that work from this cycle. Thinking takes time and energy. This process automates the process. Tactical analysis on the front end eliminates over-thinking and procrastination on the back end.
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Jason Root, MS, CSCS