During the holiday seasons even the most consistent exerciser struggles to stay “on program.”  We are used to a certain level of busyness, and when that level is greater than normal, something always suffers.  People who organize added tasks often succeed in maintaining their regular workout routines.  Why?  Because organization leads to expediency, and expediency takes less time than inefficiency.

The key to organization is planning.  At Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts we make planning and goal setting a top priority. That is why everyone participates in motivational coaching workshops to help you discover why you are not reaching your personal goals.  Try to somehow record the added tasks that await you–either by using your organizer, by speaking into a recording devise, or by relying on basic pen and paper lists.  Having a running list, will help you group tasks together in a time-saving manner.  People who rely on memory alone end up making multiple trips to accomplish the same tasks that list-makers finish in one trip.

It is especially true during hectic seasons that you keep your workout paraphernalia organized.  Mornings that used to allow time for packing a gym bag are busier. If you had the foresight the night before, your gym bag is ready to grab–you have your sneakers, clean socks, fresh water bottle, sweat towel, Nano, personalized Shane Fitness workout, toiletries for showering, and a change of clothes.  Even with the new added tasks, you can still accomplish your workout because you are prepared and organized.  In the same circumstance, a disorganized person who must first start searching for her sneakers is destined to skip the workout.  Similarly, sticking to a good nutritional plan is easy if you organize your food options in advance—perhaps you have a great snack in your gym bag that you whipped up quickly from The Shane Diet Cookbook.  Disorganized people find themselves overwhelmed, lacking time and clear judgment, which can lead them to making fattening food choices.

The philosophy behind becoming organized is completely contrary to the philosophy required for remaining disorganized: only when you are willing to delay gratification (which leads to long term benefits), instead of opting for immediate gratification (which prevent long term benefits), can you start to become organized.  Deciding whether or not to pack the gym bag in advance is a perfect example of how these philosophies work: You about to relax at night, when thoughts of the morning cross your mind.  You either choose to relax, putting off replenishing you gym bag right, (letting the desire for the immediate gratification of relaxing win you over), or you delay the gratification of relaxing, and pack the bag.  Taking the time to do a chore in advance is like making an investment: the initial effort takes time and energy, but the rewards down the line are many-fold.

Ask yourself what your priorities are in creating a healthful lifestyle.  Then choose to invest some time in those priorities.  Prepare ahead of time the pieces that will make your puzzle fit, and you will reap the reward of a balanced result. You are worth it!