In this world of “GO, GO, GO,” where multitasking is considered a critical skill and technology rules our lives, I should have all kinds of extra time right? As it turns out, I’m pretty terrible at multitasking – in fact, I’m fairly sure it makes me totally INEFFECTIVE. I operate on four separate networks out here in Afghanistan, and each e-mail account dings when a new message arrives. Even if I’m in the middle of something, as soon as I hear that DING, I feel the need to immediately jump over to the other computer and find out what this new critical piece of information could be! This ensures that I never completely finish a single task until well after 9pm.
So, what am I trying to get at – this ineffective method to which I have a bad habit of approaching daily tasks has significantly affected my workouts in a very negative way. Last night I found time to start my workout at 10:30pm…not ideal, but you take what you can get. Walking everywhere is definitely a big change from being back home, so I count all those steps towards my workout. If I’m feeling sleepy at work, I get down and do a set of push-ups. Gets the blood flowing and wakes me up!
Regardless of how busy I am, I have to make time for me. There are many reasons that I workout, but the two most important ones are as follows:
1. Physical health – it’s important to me.
2. Sanity – working out clears my mind, it allows me to refocus and to have a clear head when I go into the next task.
I guess I felt like writing this to remind me that if I just focus and stay on task, finding time to exercise is not really that difficult and it’s worth every second!