The new gym I joined after my long-time gym closed is really crowded during the times I always worked out. Because I really don’t like this new gym, I found myself just not going. Which made me crazy and very unhappy. I decided that the way to get myself to the gym was to put it on my calendar and treat it as if it were an appointment with a favorite client.
Calendaring it made me do something else—the time I used to go to the gym was not working in this new place. But if I get to the gym any time between 10-4, it is pretty empty, and I find that I don’t dislike it quite as much. More to the point, I have good workouts. Now, every Sunday, I look at my next week, and find 2 hours where I can plug in “Gym.” If the weather is nice and I have the time, I frequently walk to and from the gym—a round trip of slightly more than 4 miles, and that makes me especially happy.
At this point in my life, being happy—in work and everything else—is paramount. I no longer want to do things that do not please me, but I am also old enough to know that not everything I need to do will be something I want to do. Again, I rely on my calendar.
My calendar is NOT a to do list. I keep one of those also—and that is a list of the things I need to do:
- Write a proposal to ABC organization
- Develop scripts for XYZ
- Follow up with QRS
- Go to gym!
After every client conversation, I put on my white board what I said I would do and, as I do them, I cross that item off.
No, my calendar is more serious. For example, “Follow up QRS” has been on my board for two solid weeks. I need to follow up! Now it becomes an appointment; on Tuesday at 9:15 AM, I have on my calendar, “Follow up…..” and when 9:15 rolls around, guess what? I pick up the phone or write that email that I have been avoiding for too long.
Needless to say, simply putting something on your calendar, or on a to-do list, does not guarantee that you will get it done. Committing to honoring your schedule and treating everything that is on your calendar as imperative, will.
I don’t, for that reason, put things that are unimportant to me on my calendar. Or, as I recently told a friend, I’m not generally a procrastinator, but when I don’t want to do something, I never seem to be able to find time to do it.
Even if it is calendared.
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