So I was going through my normal routine for the last few weeks of waking up, doing my cardio, doing grad school work, prepping food, going to class, coming home, emailing clients, writing for the blog, and going to bed. Throw in a few bouts of lifting, making videos, and coming up with new Podcast Ideas and it is clear that I have a very busy schedule. That being said, if anyone knows me in my personal life, I am inherently lazy. I enjoy not doing anything. Honestly.
So how did a lazy ass like myself get the drive and motivation to do so many things in a day, over and over? Well the answer is simple. I trained my brain.
I know it sounds ridiculous but it is true. I take time out of my day to train my brain, and over the course of time, you develop the habits and rituals needed to add more productivity to your day.
How do you do it? It is simple. What you do is at a set time during the day, it can be at any time, stop everything you are doing, take a few deep breaths, and command your body to do something. It can be anything. It can be empty the dishwasher, change the laundry, clean your room, write a blog, do your cardio, or eat a meal. Simply commit to doing something, turn your brain off, and complete it. Do not THINK about doing something, and do not hesitate with your action. Merely complete that small task and then go about what you were doing before. What this trick does is it completely focuses your day in on an action that needs to be completed, you commit yourself to that action, complete it, and move on. This system of thinking can be completely tailored to your needs and does wonders in training your mind and body to merely react as opposed to default to inaction, overthinking, and procrastination. Taking action when it needs to happen is an important skill that we all could benefit from, I personally am an over thinker and tend to worry about things. This has helped me gain control of my brain and thoughts, and understand that sometimes just shutting your brain off and telling your body what to do is the best thing you can do for yourself.
I started small with brain training when I decided to drink more water leading up to a contest. I needed to drink about a gallon and a half of water a day. That is 24 cups of water. It sounds like a lot and it is, but it was something I needed to do. Being that I am a person that appreciates a nicely drawn up plan of attack, I decided to drink 2 cups of water, every hour, on the hour for the entire day. I would set an alarm on my phone for an hour, then at the end of the hour, no matter what I was doing, I would force myself to stop, then drink two cups of water, and then proceed to do whatever it was I was doing. It worked for me, and over the course of time I was drinking that much water, it started to become second nature because I was developing the neurological connections in my brain that knew that at the top of every hour, I needed to drink.
It may sound like I am nuts, and I certainly am, but this is a great way for you to gain control of your life. We all feel as if the day is not our own and the hectic schedule we follow leaves us with an empty tank of energy and a full tank of stress. That being said the same principle I used to drink more water, you can use to train your brain to do anything if you build your ability to act when you say so. You are in complete control of your body, and this is a way for you to stop your hectic day, focus on a task, and do it.
Just like anything else, I would suggest starting small. I would set an alarm for once or twice a day and keep the task simple and quick. Just like anything else, you need to build up your abilities. Slowly over time, you will be able to complete more during your day, and better be in control of both your thoughts and your body. It is a very fun and effective way to get things done, and I use it as a way to center myself for a few times a day.
So there you have it. I give you a simple and effective way to train your brain and become a stronger and more productive version of yourself. I hope you take the time to give this a try and let me know how it works for you!
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