If you know anything about me, you know I “own” the Elliptical at the gym. All you have to do is follow me for a day or so on twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to see me post something about working out. And when I go, it’s typically for one of two things – a spinning class or the elliptical. I enjoy these and have a decent level of comfort doing them.
Trainers will tell you: “Don’t do the same thing all the time, your body will adjust and you won’t get the most out of your workouts!” Typically, this is yelled at you at a very high volume. So, last week I added something new. INTERVALS. (I also added jogging, but that’s another post.) For those who do not know of what I speak, let me fill you in. Intervals involve short bursts of high intensity exercise. Last week, I did an interval routine that was 3 minutes of walking and 30 seconds (gotta start somewhere) of running. As you can see from the picture in this post, my heart rate really spiked during the running. Doing intervals will help me build up endurance, get the most out of my workouts, and lose weight quicker. Sounds like a WIN/WIN/WIN!
I think intervals can help beyond your daily fitness training though. I spend a lot of time coaching folks in ministry with, what I think are the fundamentals of ministry–priority management and being organized. It’s amazing how many time my conversations head towards the same subject. “How do I get the most out of my day?” “I’m not a detail person.” “I like people more than paper.” These are all pretty common statements or questions. Personally, I find it funny that people ask me these questions because I am not a naturally organized person. I’ve learned to be organized and live by priorities, but it has taken time.
So with that in mind, I want to give a suggestion to those that are just starting out on the path of becoming more organized.
A lot of folks make the mistake of deciding one day “Today will be the most productive day of my life. I’m going to lock myself in my office and not come out until I have accomplished everything on my list.” And then the first thing they do is create the list…but that level of concentrated effort wears them out. But they decide to press on and complete their goal of having the most productive day of their life. Who has had this kind of personal declaration day? How many have failed miserably at it? For people who do not live by lists, details, and schedules, this level of seclusion is a form of torture. They haven’t conditioned themselves for a marathon session in their office.
Here’s what you need to do: START WITH INTERVALS! If you are ADD, like many pastors, start with small intervals. When you run a marathon, you don’t just hop out there and run 26.2 miles! You build up to it, you have to put in your “road time.” You need to do the same thing with your “desk time.”
Before declaring the marathon of work, train for it. You may have to lock yourself away in your office for an hour and then give yourself a 10 minute break (or longer, depending on your level of “fitness”.) If you build up, in intervals, the amount of time you dedicate to working flat-out as hard as you can – eventually, you’ll be able to accomplish an amazing amount of work through your ability to focus for extended periods of time.
Give yourself the greatest opportunity for success – build up to the place you want to be, don’t force it all to happen at once!