The last several weeks (months?), I have been extraordinarily busy. In addition to my fitness business (which is doing great!), I am the part-time rabbi at a local synagogue and we have had our share of holidays recently and coming up. At the same time, I have been helping out at another nearby congregation where they are short a rabbi. Then there have also been some family events and a recent trip to Virginia for a Personal Trainer’s Institute. On top of this all, I still have my daily brain games and exercises that I do to help with my long-haul Covid brain-fog symptoms. I am busy for sure, but it has mostly been good things.
The one thing that has suffered is my blogging. I have a daily reminder on my phone to blog–even though I know that I will probably blog at most one time per week. I like having it on my to-do list each day, but I wonder if it is really counterproductive. It is so easy to just ignore it when it comes up every day; and now I see it has been over 3 weeks since my last post! I plan to turn my reminder to weekly rather than daily, understanding that I cannot casually click on the “done” button, but rather really have to sit down and write each week.
It struck me that falling off my blogging wagon is similar to what happens to many people with their exercise routines. We all have good intentions to keep physically active and we may even have a system in place (like reminders on our phones) to make good on those intentions. When things get busy, however, it can be easy to ignore that system and, before we know it, weeks or months have passed without exercising. This, of course, has serious consequences for our physical and mental well-being.
Perhaps our expectations of ourselves are unrealistic. If we say that we will work out every day, we may skip a day here and there, or we may end up skipping lots of days. It may just be better to lower the expectation and actually meet the goal. Just like with my blogging, it is better to do 50% of something than 100% of nothing. Do what works. Feel that sense of accomplishment, and then build on it.
Set goals that are realistic, work hard at it, and then re-evaluate. It may be necessary to re-work the plan–adding or subtracting sessions. When it comes to blogging, I will set my goal to once/week rather than daily. I hope to avoid the trap I seem to have fallen into.
My son told me that a blog is like a living thing; you have to feed it and take care of it. If you do not, it will die. Here’s to more regular care of my blog–and to the other priorities in our lives!