We all have those days that just seem to never end, and not in a good way. One thing after another, problem after problem you have to deal with, and at the end of the day, you have nothing left in the tank to do what you really set out to do.
At those points, it seems easy to give yourself a pass on that task and put it off for another day. I certainly considered it.
My parents flew in from Miami to spend a couple weeks with me and my girlfriend. What I didn’t realize, was that they had a side mission – to show me how to become a handyman.
My dad comes from a family of engineers, and he is arguably the handiest man I know. Give him a couple of days and he can put together anything. With the new house, we have quite a few projects, and although I have some contractors working on things, my parents wanted me to learn how to do it myself.
Long story short, we spent all day doing work around the house. While it is all quite simple, the execution of it is tedious and not friendly to your body. Particularly lower back and knees. In between work, I would prepare meals for my family from scratch, or have to make trips to Home Depot for more materials, so I didn’t get a chance to catch a break.
These last two days in particular, we had a good amount of work to do, and by the time we were done it was about 9:30pm. I had many excuses to skip my workout, as my body was all jacked up from the days work.
But I know what needs to be done. My workout routine is 6 days a week right now, and if I start missing days it is going to screw up my routine. I also have an upcoming trip that is going to limit my gym time, so I want to get this routine done (I have 7 days left).
One of the biggest obstacles people will face is not completing a task, but just showing up for it.
So, I drove to the gym. I’m here. At this point, it would be silly to turn back. Might as well get the work done so I can get home and rest.
That is one way of framing it in your head. Although, since my workouts run about 2 hours, and a exhausting 2 hours at that, it takes more than that. I focus on just completing one exercise at a time.
If I can just finish these 140 squats, the rest is easier. Now I just have to do 30 lunges. Now it’s just 45 leg extensions. And so on.
That focus makes managing the workout much easier. If I imagined the whole routine, it would be demoralizing. So chunking it out into small steps makes it easier for me.
After finishing, I have one more thing I have to do as part of my routine. This blog. It wouldn’t be True Talk Tuesday without this. 🙂
So while I finish at 1am, I can rest easier knowing I finished what I set out to do. Ideally, it wouldn’t be such a grind to get everything in. And while I wouldn’t recommend grinding non-stop, every so often you will have to and must be willing to pay that price.
I have to thank my parents for making the trip and spending most of it working with me around the house. While I still have much to learn, I learned quite a bit and got at least a stripe or two on my handyman belt. 🙂
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