When it comes to training, motivation is a tool you can use as an extra oomph, but it’s not reliable.
It comes and goes. If you wait until you get motivated to do something, you’ll be waiting a long time.
Instead of motivation, plan and prioritize your training to build consistency.
Make it Real
Choose a Date & Time
If it’s not in your calendar on a specific date & time, it’s less likely to happen. You can easily forget a doctor’s appointment. The same goes for workouts. Because they’re going on a calendar, you have to check your schedule to see if training can fit. Planning makes makes your training sessions concrete, and that makes it easier for training to be a pillar in your schedule.
If you’re training 3x per week, take a look at your week and block out some time so you know exactly when you’re training. I block out my time with the calendar app.
Planning Your Training Week:
Session 1: Monday at 6am (before work)
Session 2: Tuesday at 6am (before work)
Session 3: Thursday at 6pm (after work)
Other mantras that might resonate with you:
“Never miss a Monday” - Start with momentum by making sure to always make it to day 1.
“Never miss 2 sessions in a row" - Miss 1 workout? No worries! Plan for the next one, making sure not to miss 2 days in a row.
“Get it done as early” - Get it done as early as possible in in the day. There’s nothing magical about training first thing in the morning, but for some people it helps to finish high-priority tasks as early as possible.