You Don’t Have a Procrastination Problem, You Have an Impulsivity Problem

Procrastination is like bad signal or crappy Wi-Fi. Everyone deals with it, but most of us don’t understand how it works. Here’s the key: It’s not that you have a problem saying yes to the thing you’re supposed to be doing right now. The problem is you can’t say no to everything else.

Source: You Don’t Have a Procrastination Problem, You Have an Impulsivity Problem

It’s not always the same for everyone! What you call procrastination may be what I’d call a lack of motivation. Brains are weird and we can’t really shoehorn everything into one or two words (or disorders) like we do. Even this article, for as much as I attempted to describe the nuance, can’t ever be fully accurate.

If your problem is that even when you have nothing else distracting you, you still can’t bring yourself to do it, then the problem may have less to do with your impulses and more to do with your motivation. Maybe ask yourself why that is. Do you dread the work no matter the circumstances? Maybe you need different work. Do you have trouble mustering the motivation to do anything? Maybe you’re suffering from some form of depression.

Frankly, “procrastination” is a pretty generic term. I’ve found in my life that the biggest problems I have aren’t that I hate the thing I’m doing. It’s that I like some other thing more, and its rewards are more immediate. Your mileage may vary, though! No matter how you break it down, though, the best way to beat your procrastination problem is to examine the way your brain thinks about it.

Practice Mindfulness By Savoring Chocolate

Have you always wanted to try mindfulness meditation but didn’t know where to start? Here’s an example of the practice — using everybody’s favorite, chocolate:

Take a small piece of chocolate.

Source: Practicing Mindfulness with Chocolate

It doesn’t have to be chocolate. Any food can help you practice—and we should be eating more mindfully at every meal anyway.

Compassion: Changing the World and Ourselves

…what if recognising our shared humanity was more than just a sentimental ideal? What if consciously practising kindness could change the wiring of your brain and make you live longer?

This is neuroscience’s latest frontier – a growing body of research that shows compassion could be the key to improved health, happiness and longevity.

Brain imaging reveals that exercising compassion stimulates the same pleasure centres associated with the drive for food, water and sex.

Other studies show it can be protective against disease and increase lifespan.

Source: Changing the world and ourselves through compassion

Interesting read, but light on the science.

And you have nice hair!

Sorry, but I don’t believe altruism exists.  Doing something compassionate to be seen as such is in fact selfish.  And I’ve seen compassion make people rather myopic, sneering at what they’d label as socialism – social programs to support the aftermath of their political views.

Fitness Is a Skill, Not a Talent: Here’s How to Develop It

In the last decade, as a fitness coach and the co-founder of Fitocracy, I’ve been exposed to the stories and data of millions of people and countless successful transformations, including my own.

Despite these success stories, most people fail at fitness and obesity rates are increasing. Yet, if people understood the secret to fitness, success would eventually be inevitable.

…If you find your own transformation difficult to achieve, then you’re about to find out why and learn how to improve your fitness “skill.”

Source: Fitness Is a Skill

For me, I’d enjoyed cycling.  I showed up for a beginners ride in 2012.  I improved, but was never remotely fast.  In effort to get a little balance, I got back into yoga.  I lost weight, but eventually plateaued.  Then an incident that took me off the bike for weeks destroyed my fitness, and I really struggled to keep up with my old group.

Around the start of 2014, a co-worker talked about triathlon training.  Like most, I thought it was nuts until I looked it up to find that the Sprint (shortest course) run distance was 5 KM.  I never learnt swimming, but I was certain it couldn’t be worse than my distance running.  I was right…  But at 6 minutes per KM, it meant the worst of it would be over in ~30 minutes.  I came to find that lots were there for confronting water/swimming fear.  It’s been months, and some still are.  Some are fine with the pool, but weeds/open water makes them nervous.  Which is fine – these people can pass me on the run.  I don’t have to be the fastest swimmer either – because I can pass most on the bike.  But I would totally wear a cycling jersey with the following on the back “You’ll pass me on the run”.

I’m back cycling with my old group again.  I’ve been told by those who met me cycling in 2013 see a substantial improvement.  I know now that my issue is cardio.  I have the strength, and some nutrition knowledge from 2012 – but it’s moot if I can’t breathe.  Which means my cadence (rotation of the pedals) is below the “spinning” region (80-100 RPM).  I run at least three times a week with the belief that it maintains my cardio.  I don’t mind running, but over 10 KM?  I want a bike… 😉

I found a local run group that does track days.  I know from previous experience that track days on Thursday burnt me out for the weekend, and thankfully – these people meet on Tuesdays.  Another benefit is the group is likely larger so there’s more people at my level.  The group does hills on Thursdays, but I’m taking it a day at a time.  And this is off season…  Looking to the future, I’d like to see some improvement in my run times.  I don’t see the need to do Olympic distance triathlon until that happens, though it’s only the run that’s the limiting factor.

I’ve plateaued with my weight again.  That’s due partly to the cooking/eating better – I wasn’t as mindful of portioning.  It’s another work-in-progress.  But I am suffering less cramps & strains, and my INR levels have come up.  I was steady at mid 2’s, now in the 3’s even with eating avocado daily.  I’ll be checking my cholesterol and such at the end of the week, hoping to see the benefit of ~3 months on a better diet.

That’s where I’m coming from.  For 2015, I’m looking at doing more of the same – training, Sprint distance triathlon, cyclocross, off-season training with an eye towards improvement.  But I also plan to ride a century (100 miles, vs a metric century – 100 KM) once a month starting in April.  There’s a local Gran Fondo that’s longer than most that’s on my bucket list.

If you’re looking for something different, I recommend finding a group – running or triathlon.  Lots of people, and primarily women.  Best of luck finding out what works for you.  But if you’re on medication, consider a temp tattoo in case something bad happens.