“What are my fitness goals? I want to feel better about myself, to start taking better care of my body, and if I lost a little weight in that process I wouldn’t be mad. (But I mean who would?) So to make those things happen, I need y’all’s help! How do you stay motivated? How do you stay on a consistent schedule? How much do your eating habits affect the way you work out?
I’m open to any and all suggestions! Help ya girl get fit and then stay tuned to figure out how exactly I plan on doing it.”
That’s how one of our Account Executives recently closed a post on her personal blog here. As CEO and an avid fitness junkie, I get questions about staying motivated (whether it’s fitness or work) all the time.
So today I’m giving advice to all those who find themselves trying to change their situation. This is for all those who want to start but don’t know how to actually get started. For all those sitting in front of a computer all day, snacking on bullshit with no actual plan.
*Disclaimer: I’m not an athlete, coach, nutritionist or a doctor. I’m just a guy who’s proven that the following advice works, and is sharing the knowledge.
1. Start Small
Through a lot of trial and error I’ve learned that when trying to get better — in fitness or at work — it’s always best to start with the basics. Start small and build up. For example, we all know fad diets don’t work. You do it for awhile, lose some pounds, get sick of the regime and then those pounds suddenly reappear. It’s the same with work. You can’t build Rome in a day. Don’t try to go all in at once. Just like you would cut the bad things out of your diet one by one, try to cut out one bad work habit per week.
Week 1: Stop saying “I’ll get to it.” Make realistic to-do lists for immediate, ongoing and future tasks.
Week 2: Stop letting your inbox pile up. Take the time to tackle it and answer every email you can.
Week 3: Stop putting things off. Just because you may not want to do something doesn’t mean it will go away. Just get it done. Eliminate procrastination.
Week 4: Stop waiting for direction. Speak up. Take more initiative.
This may be more commonly known as having a “cheat day.” It’s okay to splurge once in a while when you’re on a diet. Just like it’s okay to give yourself time to reset at work. As CEO, I give my employees the option to work remotely on Wednesdays. I think the time that they have at home helps their energy stay up when they’re in the office, it helps keep their creativity fresh by providing a change in scenery, and it gives them a chance to reset.
3. Set Goals
I’m a firm believer in goals. If you don’t know where you want to end up, how are you ever going to get there? Pick the destination, set the course, and go! A goal gives you something to celebrate. It gives you a light at the end of the table. Most importantly, it gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. So whether it’s the 5k you signed up for or the big presentation you want to kick ass on, that big day is coming no matter what. You can stay in bed but you’re going to fail. Get out of bed and work every day until you reach your goal.
4. Find A Battle Buddy
Why are running clubs so popular? Why do you think successful people always find themselves in the company of other successful people? It’s because who you surround yourself with often reflects who you are. In fitness and in work, make sure you surround yourself with people that provide positive vibes, help you stay sharp and push you to be your best. The team you join (or build) is a great indicator of just how well you will perform. Why do you think I’ve hired so many bad asses at Push Digital?!
5. Flexibility Matters
Stay flexible. While it may seem obvious that flexibility is important in fitness, it’s equally as important within a business. As a digital marketing firm, everyone at Push Digital has to be able to change directions at the drop of a hat. Whether that means in the creative process, dealing with constant changes to digital advertising platforms or sometimes working after hours to meet the needs of your client — flexibility and adaptability are key.
My advice may not turn you into a beast in the gym or in the office, but it will get you started. It will help you get healthier, advance at work and maybe even make more money.
It’s important to point out one very important fact: the brain and the body are connected, just in case you didn’t realize that yet. The mind is sluggish when the body is sluggish. The mind is unhealthy when the body is unhealthy. Remember to start small, take time to reset, set goals, find your battle team and stay flexible. You’ll be more clear minded, you’ll be more productive, you’ll be more creative. In short, you’ll be a better worker.