I am a CrossFitter and I love it. Before you glaze over and think I am going to start insisting you lift something heavy, stay with me. I originally joinedCrossFit Recourse in Webster as a way to get in shape (think "a marshmallow walks into a gym..."). While it definitely has gotten me in shape, it has had far-reaching benefits that I didn't anticipate. And one of them is my productivity. Here are three key concepts from CrossFit that can help you be more productive:
- Don’t quit: Let’s put it in productivity terms: Don’t procrastinate. Procrastination is one of those insidious habits that can kill our productivity. According to Rory Vaden, true procrastination is avoiding doing something because you don’t feel like doing it. When a WOD (or Workout of the Day) is posted, you can’t avoid doing one of the movements just because you don’t feel like doing it. You have to power through. 9 times out of 10, it isn’t as bad as you thought and feel much better for completing it. That concept can easily be transferred to our lives. I may not feel like picking up the kitchen after dinner, but it will make tomorrow morning much easier. I ultimately will feel better because I didn’t quit when I just didn’t feel like doing it.
- You can do more than you think you can: Have you ever been faced with a goal that you just were not sure you could complete? At first, you may feel fearful or defeated by the prospect of this huge, insurmountable THING. But once you break the situation down, the steps to the solution start to become evident. When I first started CrossFit, I had no idea how I was going to be able to lift weights, jump on a box, or climb a rope. But I continued to take the steps to learn. And now, I can do more than I ever thought possible. Believe you can do it, find the right support, and start somewhere. You can do more than you think you can.
- The effort is worth the outcome: When I just don’t think I have anything left to give and I am sucking wind during a WOD, I focus on one thing: finishing. It feels great to have conquered that workout and know that it is making me stronger. This mentality helps to put things in perspective and gives me drive when I am dragging during the day or loose focus on my goals. I like the results so I had better be willing to put in the effort to get them.
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