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Get more shit done!

The secret of the clock Time management - a different approach.

I've been inspired to write this having watched a youtube clip about how much importance we assign to what time of day it is. It’s bed time I tell my son, he disagrees and is reluctant to sleep on cue. But he’s usually happy when it’s dinner time. We assign certain activities with what time of day it is. This habit can be a little counter productive or restrictive.

I’ve been forced to re-evaluate how I think about time of day and it’s significance. How did we all become so obsessed by time and not having enough of it?

 We all get the same 24 hours right?

Mike Gillette of Strength psychology made a video and describes being influenced by an old American Army recruitment advertisement. The tagline of which was "In the Army we get more done before 9am than most people do all day". He was influenced enough to enlist in the early '80s and often found himself doing things at strange times of the day. If there was an early morning drop planned he could find himself having breakfast at 3am. Other operations had him awake for over 48 hours straight. The mission came first.

Without being all gung-ho and macho about things it's all about getting shit done! That's the attitude it takes to get things done. Finding yourself working out at 10pm at night because your schedule during the day has been so hectic is OK.

Writing a blog at 9pm because it needs to get done, well maybe not quite "needs" but inspiration strikes at odd times. 

Working out that late doesn't seem sensible, neither does writing a blog at 9pm when there's TV to be watched! Generally speaking though, time spent watching TV is wasted unless of course it’s an episode of “The walking dead” That’s a documentary isn’t it?

Also we tend to feel sorry for ourselves when we have to drag our butts out of bed before 5am and anything other than relaxing on the couch in front of the TV after 9pm should be frowned upon. 

We associate different times of day to activities such as meal times, bed time, tv time etc. Whatever we prioritise gets done. Accepting that simple truth solves the mystery of where all the damn time went. 

It wasn't that you didn't have enough time to workout today it's just that working, dealing with family stress and unwinding with a glass of wine rose to the top of the priority pile.

Acknowledge this and accept that it's  your responsibility no matter what you tell yourself. Are you happy with your choices?

So what is the secret of the clock? Well it's not a secret at all really. If you want what others don't you have to be willing to do what others won't. 

Be willing!


About the Author Stephen Devine

Steve not just a skilled Crossfit Coach, but a top-tier CrossFit Competitor who's ranked in the top 1% worldwide in the 2023 Crossfit Open! And this is despite spending six weeks on crutches following surgery to fix a broken ankle just a year ago. He's Qualified as a Crossfit L1 Coach, Crossfit Gymnastics, and is also a qualified Olympic Weightlifting Coach.

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