Since starting the new job, I’ve had to shift my gym routine from mid-afternoons to early mornings at 6am.
I’ve always preferred to be an early morning person, or at least I like to think that I am. Successful people wake up early right?
Anyway, making my morning routine work is 100% about preparation and planning beforehand. The only times I am able to get up and go to the gym at 6am are the days that I have pre-packed my gym bag the night before and left my clothes out on the bedside table to be ready to put on. Zero decisions need to be made to get from the bed to the gym, and I don’t need to second guess if I have everything I need for the day.
On days when I don’t pre-plan and pack the night before I have less than 20% chance of making it to the gym. Even a small hurdle is enough to convince me to skim twitter, or sleep in for an extra hour.
It’s strange how, the amount of work doesn’t change – still need to find clothes and pack a bag for the gym. But when I do that chore has a major influence on my ability to get to the gym, which in turn has a large positive affect on my health and energy levels.
It’s an effective hack of my own psychology. I wish there were more ways I knew to make the things I find hard into things that are easy and automatic.