A long time ago I started making it a point to spend the end of everyday reflecting on my activity and accomplishments during the day – both giving thanks for my blessings, but also thinking critically on what I spent my time doing.
I am a salesman by trade working for an IT organization – so planning is an extremely important part of my routine. Additionally, the most important part of my day comes at the end – when I take a look at my progress and finalize my list of to-do’s for the next work day.
For me it is all about accountability – What did I spend my day doing? Was it all productive? Did I waste time? Do I REGRET wasting that time?
For my work life it mainly consists of wasting valuable office hours with distractions when I could be filling the funnel with new prospects or moving deals forward.
With fitness, it has to do with the dietary and physical choices I make.
I suggest this approach: How will what you do make you feel later?
If you eat that cookie, will you regret it? Probably.
If you work out, will you regret it? Not at all.
If you spend time on facebook instead of working, will you regret it? Probably.
If you go for a run, will you regret it? Probably not.
Asking yourself about the choices you made during the day and thinking about them helps you habitually make choices that will make you feel good down the line. No one is going to do stop you daily and make you feel bad about the choices that you make, your life is not theirs and their opinion should not matter anyways.
If you want to make healthy choices, it is up to you to hold yourself accountable when you do not. Feeling guilty when you eat that cookie or miss that workout and forgetting about it is not going to be enough.
Take a moment, reflect, and ask the hard questions.