As a freelancer, my schedule looked something like this:
- Wake up at 6am.
- Eat a breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries while I read and comment on blogs.
- Go to the gym or for a beach run between the hours of 8-10 am.
- Come home, get ready (no makeup, hair in a wet ponytail) and work the rest of the day.
- Cook dinner around 6ish while still working on odds and ends.
- Be done with work no later than 8ish.
Obviously when you go into work (I prefer starting between 8:30 and 9:00), it can be a challenge to get exercise in either before or after work for one reason or another. It’s hard for me in the morning, mainly because I like to have a full digested meal in my belly about two hours before a workout.
So, working out has been a little bit sporadic as I adjust to my new routing. I’ve had to try eating only a couple bites of a banana before a 6am workout, which is currently being done in Tonya’s Gym (aka, my apartment), until I have access to the gym my company is paying for, which is a couple blocks from the office.* It also doesn’t feel quite as physically difficult since I don’t have someone in my apartment pushing me to work harder…
…but, something is better than nothing.
When the alarm goes off at 6am and I know there is little to no time to have an internal debate about working out, I just get up and go, even if I’m really tired and cranky from not really eating before I start.
Because I can make a choice in between the time of my alarm going off and me moving the coffee table to make room for jumping jacks: I can not do it, and burn no calories, and begin to set up a daily habit of skipping workouts, or do it. Do something…anything!
The same is true with your finances. I know there are probably many people out there who may feel their debt is insurmountable, or think that budgeting is a drag, or spend money on something they shouldn’t “just this one last time” before they get serious about their finances, but in that space where they are making that choice, they are doing nothing to help themselves for the better, even if that better is just a small thing.
As we go into the new year, there will probably be some pretty big resolutions or goals that people will set for themselves, and improving their finances is usually in the top three. Many people will try and go big with everything from losing weight to saving more money…then burn out because their goals are too huge and unattainable.
But habits are not built on doing huge things all at once. They are built by doing small things with great intention on a daily basis.
So even if you only do 5 sit-ups, or drink water instead of buy wine, or walk past the cookies in the breakroom (I’m talking to myself here) without eating them every single time you pass by, you are starting to develop those good habits. Don’t give up because you think the task is too small or insignificant.
Something is better than nothing!
*I’m still going to Bionic Body, but I usually can only make it there on weekends.
Do you sometimes skip a small habit-building task because you think it won’t matter in the long run?