Whether its at work, home life, relationships and even weight loss, we take on too much, too quickly and we struggle to stay on top of it all.
I've just finished the book Essentialism- The Disciplined Persuit of Less by Greg McKeown, I have to say is one of the best books I've ever read, without a doubt!
(Don't worry this isn't turning into book club!)
But let me share with you a key take home point that you can relate any weight loss journey to.
We all have different start points.
Some of us need to change quite a lot of habits, like drinking more water, eating more fruit and vegetables, drinking a little less booze, become a little bit more active etc etc, you get my drift.
Just say you need to address ALL of the above, and you say to yourself next week I’m going to start making all these changes and get myself on track to where I want to be.
Now take a look at the image below.
Take a look at the drawing on the left, this is what is likely to happen when you take that approach, you’re trying to tackle too much all at once and you don't really get very far, as you haven’t really prioritised what’s important for you right now.
However if we break these down into priorities and focus our energy on just 1 particular habit change, over a certain period of time we’re more likely to make progress (drawing on the right) that is sustainable as you've focused all your energy on getting it right.
Priority number one could be you need to drink more water, before you even address anything else, and for some of us this isn’t easy.
So it’s unrealistic to expect to work on other things like food preparation, calorie counting, exercising more on top of the other stuff at the same time as you won’t really give the task of getting more water in daily, your full attention.
When it comes to your own habits, be reflective and write down what habits you know you really need to work on.
Then prioritise them with numbers and work out how you’re going to work on the top priority for you right now, and give that your undivided attention.
Book club closed!