How to make everything in life easy

Have you ever felt like you’re trying to keep your head above water?

Have you ever felt like you’re running up hill? Have you ever felt like you are working against the grain?

The chances are you have, and I’m going to give you a habit that will change all of this.

‘Find the path of least resistance’ – James Clear.

Often people believe they have lost their motivation.

But what if I told you that your only problem is that you weren’t making it easy enough for yourself?

Let me paint the picture for you.

Sarah

Sarah has been telling herself for months it’s time to go the gym. She wants to tone up and build up her bum. Sarah does her research and decides in order to see the improvement she desires she must go to the gym three times per week.

And it begins. Sarah comes home from work. She searches the house for her workout clothes. She jumps in her car and drives 30 minutes to the gym. She then scrambles around her purse for her gym card. Sarah then realises she has forgotten her bottle of water. She buys one. £2.50!? But she made it. Sarah is now on the gym floor and doesn’t have a clue what she is going to do. She jumps on a few machines with no real structure and after 45 minutes decides she has had enough and heads home.

One gym session ticked off the list. Brilliant. But what a task that was.

It’s day two and it’s time for gym session number two. On Sarah’s drive home from work she already begins to ask herself if she should just stay home this evening. I mean it’s already getting late and by the time she gets home and changed and then drives to the gym it’s going to be really late. Maybe she will head to the gym tomorrow? The stressful thoughts of the night before are flashing through her mind. But despite this, Sarah gets home and drags herself through the whole process again.

‘Oh my god, how am I going to keep this up… I am so un-motivated to go to the gym and it’s only week one!’

Does this resonate with you? You may be sitting nodding your head in agreement.

I’m going to explain how you can fix this mindset. It’s super easy.

First of all, you need to make this new habit as easy as possible.

Step one

Make a plan for the gym. This will reduce gym floor anxiety and stress. Doing so allows Sarah to walk into the gym full of confidence, she knows exactly what she needs to do.

I suggest beginning with a basic four-week plan. In Sarah’s case I would be focusing on glutes, quads and arms. I would write up the machines or movements I would be doing alongside the reps and sets. I would also ensure I am writing up what weights I am lifting so I can progressively overload week on week. This will allow Sarah to tone up.  

Step two

Lay your workout clothes out the evening before. This eliminates rushing about in a frenzied state when you get home from work. No more diving into the bottom of the dirty clothes basket searching for your favourite gym clothes.

Step three

This one is the most important. Join the gym that’s only five minutes from your home not thirty minutes. This may not seem obvious but it will increase the likelihood of you going to the gym. In Sarah’s case she gaining one full hour of her time back by joining the gym that is five minutes away.

Step four

Pour yourself a bottle of water before you leave and if you plan to have a high protein snack after your session look it out. In Sarah’s case she will now keep her gym card in the front of her purse, make herself up a protein shake and pack her bottle of water!

These four steps are simple but effective.

As a result, going to the gym isn’t such a big task. It’s a smooth operation. Sarah has saved an hour of her time and a tonne of stress by making her new habit as easy as possible. She doesn’t have to dig up the motivation to go to the gym. It’s a seamless process. Everything flows together and no longer feels like a monumental task.

Imagine brushing your teeth. Your toothbrush is in the bathroom, toothpaste in the kitchen and the sink is in the living room. All of a sudden brushing your teeth becomes a bigger task, slightly more challenging and a strain. But as you know when everything is where you need it, it’s seamless, it’s smooth and it’s an easy task to execute.

Take a moment and ask yourself,

“What do you feel like you are doing that is against the grain? What feels like a strain?”

Are you ensuring this task is as easy as it could be?

By simply making the habit or task easy it will significantly increase your compliance rate.

‘Find the path of least resistance’ – James Clear.

This is the simplest way to overcome ‘a dip’ in motivation or getting started with a new task.

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn