It’s 10:30 during the work day. Stomachs tighten as lunch time looms.
“Hey, want to go out to lunch?” A common question asked millions of times over the course of weeks throughout businesses everywhere. But the next question kills more productive hours and thought than necessary.
“Sure, where do you want to go?” All be it, I understand people’s needs for dietary restrictions, or maybe they already had pizza twice this week, but the indecisiveness kills me. The struggle becomes real as indecision takes strangle hold of the situation and finally, here’s a subsanwhich from Jimmy John’s at your door.
Other winners of these types of questions include:
What are we doing for dinner?
Which bar do you want to go to?
What pizza toppings?
Indecisiveness kills me when trivial things aren’t decided quickly or beforehand. MAKE A FUCKING CHOICE!
Here’s how you can limit some of these moments of indecisiveness and mental gymnastics to put your brain on autopilot.
1. Plan Your Meals
Losing fat isn’t necessarily a will power game. You can be flexible in your food choices; however, if you’re planning and preparing your meals the night before or on the weekend, you have less to think about the next day. Your choices were made. The urge to call Dominos for a pizza, get Chinese food, or getting a quick sandwich at Jimmy John’s subsides. Maybe at this point you’ve freed up enough mental space to keep your will power high, or you’ll feel guilty about wasting the food you spent time preparing the night before. As the day wears on, your will power weakens and so will the ability to resist food, booze, and other things that offer a quick reward. So do yourself a favor, and plan out your meals.
2. Have a Plan for Your Day
If there’s one thing productive folk love, it’s having plan an executing it for the day. When executing a plan, you’re not mentally or physically wandering and wondering what to do next. Distractions and fires will exist, but you can be nimble to handle them mentally. After creating several day plans, the feeling of accomplishment also rises. It helps provide vision and goals for your day. Below is a sample of my day plan for a normal work day. I’ve executed this one enough to the points where it’s become habit.
5:30am – 6:15am: Get ready for gym and travel
6:15am – 8:00am: Workout and Shower
8:00am – 8:15am: Walk to Work
8:15am – 8:30am: Eat post workout breakfast
8:30am – 11:50am: – Work
11:50am – 12:30pm: Lunch and Walk around downtown. I take the same route every day.
12:30pm – 4:30pm: – Work
4:30pm – 5:15pm: Travel Home
5:15pm – 7:15pm: Play, teach, and eat dinner with the family
7:15pm – 8:00pm: Start Getting kids to sleep
8:00pm – 8:15pm: Pack gym bag, computer bag, work bag, and lunch for the next work day
8:15pm – 10:00pm: Read a book, work on Swoll Bro App (this comes with it’s own to-dos)
By doing this so routinely, it’s become habit. It’s provided me the freedom from having to overthink things in an age full of overwhelming options and distractions to accomplish what I need to do.
3. Have An App to Manage Your To Dos
As I noted above, working on my Swoll Bro App comes with it’s own set of to-dos. Remembering of each little thing I need to do with application development could mentally exhaust me. From having to security, front end/user interface specifications, to coding the rest service there’s many different things I need to accomplish that need to come to fruition. Without writing them down or putting them in a to-do list, things may be overlooked ruining the user experience. While I have a slew of generic things I need to get done during the day, I have even more sub-tasks. Each one is specific, concise, and should be able to be accomplished within the day.
So if you’re having trouble accomplishing your goals, try to relieve as much mental pressure on yourself as possible. If they are long running projects, break them down, put them in sub-tasks, you’ll feel like you’re achieving more if you’re knocking out small tasks one at a time.
Once you’ve been consistently making your plans, the mental gymnastics and pressure begin to relieve. Your goals will then be within striking distance and you’ll have hit the mark.