Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Meathead Training and Making Habits Stick

Started the day with a big dog walk, then biked to the gym. It was a Meathead Saturday, with DB press, pulldowns, bench, t-bar row. Followed that with a big bike ride down to Cherry beach and then home. Oh, and then another dog walk followed by steak and eggs. Not bad. We'll throw in a third walk later this afternoon. Three hours of walking the beaches. Good stuff.

Memorial Day Weekend MRT workout video for you:

And today's

Q: Hey Craig - got your $.99 Time Management Book and you were right, it was the best $.99 I spent in a long time. It pretty much defined my issue - OCD compounded by too many or inefficient transitions, lack of structure, and a blur of jobs and personal life (I have 2 full time jobs as well plus 4 kids). Better than that, it gave me a blueprint to work on this weekend to start creating structure as best I can...My question is like weight loss that for some fades over time, how difficult is it to maintain these boundaries/rules you have established? I mean it seems here and there, life will get in the way and then if I'm not careful and diligent, I'm back on the pathway of least resistance/no structure. Admittedly, the ritual I really need to start is settling in at the end of the day to reflect and plan. Thanks and talk soon. - Bill

Thanks for your kind feedback. You bring up a good point. Here's what can happen.

First, the more you implement the actions, the more they become habits. It's just like when you get up at 6am every day for 30 days straight and then try to sleep to 8am. It's actually hard to do. So focus on sticking to a couple of BIG habits at first. Get those 'cemented' over the next 21 days.

Then start to implement a couple of other big habits. Focus on progressively implementing more good habits and maintaining the ones you have. HOWEVER, you make a good point...sometimes things can start to slip. That's when re-focus your energy on cementing that habit again, and don't add any new ones.

Of course, over time you'll also figure out which ones are BEST for you, and which ones sound nice, but don't really do anything for you. You can cut those, and simply keep the ones that matter. Great question.

Good luck, and keep me up to date on your progress. I'd love to hear from you again in a month or so. Just send an email update to or
post an update on this page. Take care, and thanks again for giving it a shot.

Q: I work 60 hrs a week and just had a baby boy. I was fortunate enough to have off this week but will be returning to work next week. How can I add hours or energy to my day. Keep in mind babies eat every couple hours and on average I'm up 3 times during the night.

Frankly, the next few months are just not going to be your most productive. Don't expect them to be. Managing your expectations will help. Also, stop using Facebook and anything that doesn't really, really, really matter. Finally, more politically incorrect time management tips

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
In order to succeed, we often need to try new things. Venture outside your comfort zone to find the answers you need. Seek opportunity, not security.

"We can't become who we need to be by remaining who we are."

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

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