My wife and I have been working out like fiends every day since last Wednesday (actually almost every day, since I think on both day 2 and day 5 we were both just too tired to get out of bed) – we’d signed up for a workout bootcamp, just to see if we can kick start our weight loss efforts. We get up at 430am (which is not too much of a stretch since we have been getting up at 450am) eat something, read for a bit, get dressed and hit the gym at 530 for 45 minutes of workout, you know one of those circuits where you do each thing for 40 seconds or so.
After Day 1, I felt like I was going to die: my hip was feeling weird and we decided to skip Day 2. But determined, we went back for Day 3, then Day 4. Day 5 we were too tired to go again, but then made it back for Day 6 and 7. An interesting things started to happen by Day 6 – we started feeling better instead of worse after the workout. Now I’m not quite looking forward to them, but I do get that I’m feeling better and I can see the upside of doing this. The more we do it, we better we feel – but we had to get over the initial hump of starting.
Recently, there’s been a meme floating around where people have been talking about reading more – in our time crunched world, everyone talks about how they wish that they had more time to read. So the pundits say – not sure where this originated from, but as with most of these “tips” everyone talks about it as if it was their idea – that if you want to read a book, just read it for 20 minutes a day, then you’ll eventually you’ll read a ton of books. My guess is that some super successful dude is doing it, and it trickled down into the productivity guru’s laps. (BTW, if you know where this “read for 20 minute” thing started, please LMK below.)
It’s true – no matter how you slice it, if you do a little bit of anything each day, you’ll eventually get done with the thing that you want to do.
I got to thinking: this daily thing is actually THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.
If you want to be successful at anything, do it EVERY DAY. No matter what it is, if you commit to doing it daily, then it will probably get done. If you can’t commit to a daily regimen of whatever it is you want to do, then my guess is that you will fail. End of story.
Works for everything: your startup, a workout regimen, a diet, a blog, a podcast, a YouTube channel. If you really truly want to succeed, you just have to bite the bullet and factor in some time to just do your thing, every day.
Back in November when I was writing PRECOG, my first in a series of YA sci-fi novels, the only way I was able to get done was to do it every day. I haven’t been using that same technique for my second in the series, TELEKIN, so there is sits, half done. I’ll bet that if I don’t schedule time to at least write even a little, even 20 minutes worth, then that won’t get done either. Weekly, or every few days, just wont cut it.
I once went to a blogging seminar where the guy told us the secret to blogging success: write a lot. Write a ton. Just keep writing UNTIL you get noticed. He suggested daily too.
I think it works. Looking out over everything I’ve done that’s worked, I worked at it EVERY DAY until I got it done, or succeeded. So my sense is that, unless you do it daily, whatever it is, you can’t win.
So when the time came to decide if we were going to workout daily or 3 times a week, the answer was pretty simple: do it daily, or don’t bother at all.
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