Workout of the Day

Automating

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How many decisions do you think you’ve made before you leave the house in the morning?
Hit snooze or not? What’s for breakfast? Which clothes do I wear? Another cup of coffee? Pack a lunch or eat out? Leave early to beat traffic?
Estimates suggest that the average adult makes anywhere between a few thousand up to around 35,000 decisions each day. That’s everything from deciding what shoes you’re going to wear, to deciding on word choice in an email, to deciding whether or not you’re going to sign that loan for a new car.

You’ve likely heard of high-profile individuals such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Albert Einstein wearing the same outfit every day. This quirk is a tactic to pare down the number of insignificant decisions and leave room for more important decisions or thought. Decision fatigue is very much a real thing -- the very act of making decisions can lead to diminished productivity and poorer decision-making. Regardless of how frivolous a decision it may seem when you’re picking out your socks or deciding which brand of toothpaste to get at the store, this choice still adds to the net decision-making burden of the day.

Without going so far as wearing the same outfit every day, we have simple opportunities to diminish our daily decision-making load and improve our lifestyle and choices in the process. Daily habits and regular preparation are our tools of the trade.

This is as simple as forming a habit of daily meditation before your morning coffee or spending a Saturday afternoon doing meal prep for the week. The specifics, of course, will depend on your lifestyle, your biggest challenges, and your goals and priorities. But the concept is simple: how much more time and energy could you commit to working more efficiently, improving yourself, and doing what you love if the simple stuff was already taken care of? If it is something that should happen daily such as mindfulness or a movement practice, don’t make it a difficult decision, make it a habit. If it is something that regularly demands your attention, prepare now so the decision doesn’t need to be made later. With some simple habit formation and planning, you can develop a lifestyle in which the mundane is automated and your full attention is ready to be committed to what’s important to you.

- PS


6/7/17

  • Overhead squat - 5rm

  • In 5 mins, complete:

    • 400m run

    • 15 overhead squats (115/80)

    • AMRAP pull-ups

  • Rest 3 mins

  • In 5 mins, complete:

    • 400m run

    • 15 front squats (155/105)

    • AMRAP HSPU