Do It Tomorrow is a good book on time management by Mark Forster. I read it years ago on the recommendation of a friend. Unfortunately, I found it quite difficult to implement in my life. The premise is simple: make a list of the most important things you are going to do tomorrow before you go to bed. Wake up, look at the list and get cracking! This gives you the benefit of thinking through the most important things while you are calm and helps you create a map for the next day that you can follow in the event that you get bombarded and distracted by life. It also allows you to sleep on it which can help your mind start working to solve big problems while you sleep.
Since starting “Flexible Dieting” or “Counting Macros,” I have found that the habit of choosing my meals for the next day the night before to be an enormous help. I input all my meals and snacks for the next day and move things around so that I be sure to hit my numbers. Sometimes I start with something delicious that I know I want to eat and then see what is left and start to fill it in. Sometimes it’s merely copying and pasting todays food log to tomorrow’s log. Then whenever I get a little hungry, I look at my app on my phone and it tells me what I should eat.
What this does is allow me to save one of my most valuable resources: self restraint. If I wait until I get a craving or starting thinking about pizza and then look in the refrigerator, I most assuredly will not see anything I want to eat and then go to seamless and order something. If I look at what is on my menu for the day, I merely have to go and get it and heat it up. Ultimately, I still have veto power and sometimes go off menu, but having a plan going into each day is great help and I know, from past experiences, that doing it this way leads to much better compliance and results.
Tonight, before you go to bed, plan to make tomorrow the best day.
noun. 1) the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc. 2) a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal.
The second definition makes obsession sound pejorative: “not normal”. Sure obsession can be bad, but there are some that would call obsession “commitment” or “focus” which are great qualities.
My obsession recently has been with counting macros. I’ve done the Zone diet on and off for many years, so I am familiar with many of the concepts in “Flexible Dieting” or “Counting Macros”. However, finding a new prescription and using an app on my phone to track everything and preparing the night before has brought a new level of obsession to my food game. Is a normal? Probably not. Is it an eating disorder? No. It’s just a quest for a deeper level of understanding.
Any quest for deeper knowledge will take on a form of obsession as the student thinks constantly about the topic. New levels of understanding and knowledge can only be achieved through obsession. Anybody that is an expert at something at some point was obsessed with that something. My goal to understand my diet inside and out and to use nutrition to fuel my life and my performance is currently in that process of obsession. After a month of this I hope to be far more knowledgable and intelligent with regards to my nutrition. I don’t know that the obsession will last but the knowledge, once acquired, will be with me forever.
What’s your obsession?
The concept of “Ready, Fire, Aim” is simple, you have to act first, see how far off target you are, and then make proper adjustments. This is how real life works. In real life we are not snipers. We do not abide by “One Shot, One Kill.” In life we can’t plan and plan and plan and then just execute once and be perfect. Our lives are lived paddling a boat in a storm. Life is constantly conspiring to push us off course and our job is to keep redirecting and steering ourselves back toward the lighthouse.
I started counting my macros last week. I executed the plan to a “T” all week. Every day I was supposed to hit my goal of 185g of protein, 204g of carbohydrates, and 53g of fat. I was within 2 or 3 g of my goal every day. You know what happened. I started losing weight for a few days and then it stopped and went back up. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. Week 1 was a failure. If I had a “one shot, one kill” mindset, I would say, “This shit didn’t work. It’s not for me. Counting macros sucks. I quit.” However, I embrace the mindset of “ready, fire, aim” and think, “Something is not right, I have to recalculate my macros and try again.”
If every time you eat a slice of pizza, you think to yourself, “My diet is ruined, I might as well eat the whole pie.” You will surely never hit your target. If you instead say to yourself, “That slice threw me off course, what do I have to do to get back on course.” You will be able to achieve your goals and enjoy a slice or two along the way.