I was watching a video about willpower from my favorite fitness guru, Dr. Jade Teta. In this video Dr. Jade explains why willpower is not something people have or don’t have. Willpower is more like a battery that can be charged up or drained.
What interests me the most is the idea that our willpower battery is actually comprised of three smaller batteries: physical, mental, and emotional.
In a nutshell, when we keep all three of these batteries charged properly, then our willpower is strong. But if we divert all of our energy into powering only one or two of the batteries, then our overall willpower will be drained.
So the quick and simple answer to why it appears that some people have willpower and others don’t is because some people are very intentional about keeping their emotional, physical, and mental batteries charged.
I was talking to a friend who is so excited for this journey and these monthly challenges. Her only concern was sustainability. She pointed out that I already have a lot on my plate, and she didn’t want to see me burn out and quit this whole operation after only a few months.
It can’t be a coincidence that I watched Dr. Jade’s video and had this conversation with my friend on the exact same day. For the past week I’ve been so caught up with the upkeep of sharing my journey that I’ve lost sight of the journey itself. And if I continue on this current trajectory, then yes, I can see myself shutting down this whole deal before it’s even really begun.
What does all of this have to do with this month’s time management challenge?
Well, I’ve done a pretty good job of scheduling out my days to fit in all of my tasks this week, but I put way more time and energy into the tasks related to my blogs and social media posts than I did anything else.
Yes, it felt good to check almost everything off of my to-do lists. But what’s the point of having all these great looking videos and thoughtful posts if I’m barely present at work and at home?
What I realize now is that managing my time isn’t just about creating a to-do list and checking things off. It’s about creating the balance needed to keep all three batteries charged. So my new goal this week is to find true balance.
I’m a little too tightly wrapped up in all the rules of social media engagement and networking. So step one is to release the fear of not reaching people, post what I post, and let the rest be.
I’ll definitely continue making my daily to-do lists because my brain is all over the place and writing things down keeps me on track. But this week I will decrease the time I allot to the upkeep of sharing this journey, and increase the quality time I spend with my husband and our girls.
Even though Dr. Jade’s video is centered on diet and exercise, I would still encourage you to watch it, take a look at your own batteries, and think about how well you’re keeping them charged.
Until next time!