Body, Mind, Organization

Planning vs. Tracking

I used to be obsessed with tracking everything. How much water I drank, what I ate, how many steps I took in a day, how many hours I slept.

But after years of tracking, I realized it wasn’t helping me reach my goals.  I needed a new way of looking at things.

I came across the concept of planning. I know this sounds like a no-brainer and over the past year I have implemented it in many areas of my life with great success.

Here is what it looks like:

Every evening I get out my journal and plan what I will eat the next day. I take into account what I have on hand, what foods I enjoy and work for me. I have a list of foods that I know are healthy, won’t upset my stomach or bring on a sluggish afternoon dip. I also plan what workout I will do. If I know the weather will be nice, I plan on something outside. If the weather is colder, I plan something like yoga or Pilates in my basement. I also plan when I will do these things so there is no conflicting activities or excuses to flake out. I put it in my calendar for the next day.

I look at my plan in the morning and go about my day accordingly.

This has freed up so much mind clutter for me. I don’t have to ask myself should I eat this or not or waffle over how my day will pan out. I have it planned. This has been a game changer.

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