I decided to up my daily plank routine from three minutes to five, and it’s gong about as well as can be expected. Everything hurts. But I guess it’s a good pain because I’d made it to the point where three minutes of planking was…well, not easy exactly, but at least it was doable and it didn’t leave me winded.

Five minutes leaves me winded. I usually have to break it up into segments with a little rest in between. But I’ve been pretty consistent about the planking routine for about nine months now and I’m still seeing the results so I guess it’s worth it.

My Dad sent me a clipping from the newspaper about trying to make little, inevitable one-percent changes to create better daily habits. And I like to think I’ve been pretty good about doing this with the walking and the planking and the intermittent fasting: it’s certainly been the easiest diet I’ve ever been on. Excuse me- lifestyle change, not a diet.

I wish I had some better perspective about how to apply this towards career goals. Today I went into the office an hour early to tackle an enormous stack of W4s for the Grammys. It took most of the morning and gave me a lot of time to think. I’d read an advice column once that posited that if you’ve set yourself a goal that all your daily tasks should move you towards your goal, even if only by a tiny percent with the goal of having fifty percent of your time/energy moving you towards your goal. Which sounds good on paper, but in reality leaves no room for flexibility or spontaneity or enjoyment because every minute has to be both qualitatively and quantitatively measured against this goal. So I’m not sure how helpful I found it.

Anyway, speaking of using my time wisely- it’s now time for bed.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 12, 2019.

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