RUNNING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION? LET’S CHANGE THAT NEXT WEEK!
Posted on October 18 2020
For many people (myself included), especially in these uncertain times, whether you’re in lockdown or not, we sometimes lose sight of what we are chasing. Sometimes we know what we want, but the process seems daunting. We have to remember that any good athlete always has a game plan and that game plan starts with a structured week. Now whether you’re an athlete or not means nothing, our end goal in life is to win, so a structured week is essential. If you do it already. Great! If not, here is a quick tool for your Sunday night or Monday morning. Take time for yourself. Go somewhere quiet. Take a moment to go through this sheet, and hopefully it will give you some clarity as to what you want out of the week ahead so you can absolutely smash it!
1. Write down your long-term goals
They don’t have to be huge. Doing this just reminds you WHY you are doing what you’re doing this week. Take a moment to visualise these goals. For me it’s things like:
- Be the fastest growing unisex label to be built during a global pandemic.
- Buy a house in 2021.
- Be able to work from anywhere in the world.
Just me writing these things down, or saying these things out loud gives me a feeling of excitement. It puts fire in my belly and gives reason to why I want this to be a good week.
2. What Are my Priorities this week?
Priorities each week will be different for everyone, depending on your goals. For an athlete, it might be your training sessions. Even if you’re not an athlete it could still be training sessions. I know that’s one of mine, because I know that my mental health relies on it. Other things might be team meetings, girlfriends birthday, spend a certain amount of time with your kids. Whatever it may be, you can plan the rest of your week knowing these are your priorities.
3. What do I want to achieve this week?
What is it you want out of the week? For me, I want to run 30km total, which is 4.2 km a day. It’s achievable, but also achievable if I miss a day or 2. This week I want to have all product drops finalised and in production up until January and samples for next year started. I want to spend more 1 on 1 time being more present with my girlfriend, without any phones or talk of work. Those are just some examples of what mine look like, but you get where I am coming from.
4. What are some current challenges that I want to lean into, so that that they are solved by Monday or Tuesday?
The reason we do this is so that we can really think about what the hardest part of this week will be. For me it will be having everything in production by the end of the week, because I know I’ve got lots to do. This identifies to me that come Monday morning, that’s the first thing I start doing.
5. What is going to slow me down? What is the solution?
For me at the moment, we’ve been in isolation a long time so motivation and the days being the same is what’s going to slow me down from me doing all these things right. Because some days I wake up and I just don’t feel creative, I don’t feel like I’m smart enough to be doing this. But I know when I feel like this, I have to take those little steps to pep myself up. I play music in the mornings with a cold shower, I eat well, I make sure I get my kms in. All of these things play a part in my mental health, and are the solution to feeling lethargic or unmotivated.