Wednesday 4/24

3 rounds for time of:
Run, 400 m
21 Sumo Deadlift High-pulls, 75/55 lbs
12 Pull-ups

Time, the one thing that we can never get back. A resource so precious and rare, no monetary amount could really ever be set to it. In a conventional sense we do get paid by the hour. And depending on the task, we are more compensated for giving up our time.

But is that what your time is really worth? Is your time worth $16 an hour? $100? $200? I would say that it’s much more than that. Time is a brutally finite resource. Not only in the context of day today and only having so many hours in the day but also in a grander scale. So how do you choose to spend your time. Are you choosing to value yourself with your time? Here’s what I mean:

How many hours a day are you choosing to spend in a meaningful way? Not to say that you are working every moment but rather, that each moment you are engaged in an activity that could benefit you in some way. Obviously when we workout we are engaging in good things. We are spending time on our health and fitness. But that shouldn’t be more an hour or two a day. Sleep is another way that you can devote time to yourself. If you’re not sleeping you’re probably not doing yourself any favors. Lack of sleep literally works against the things you try to accomplish today. Mentally, physically emotionally we cannot be ready for our lives sleep-deprived. You need 6-9 hours of this. What about food? Are you engaging in Taco Bell and tequila? Although that combination can be wonderful in the moment, the act itself might be a greater cost. It’s not just the $20 you spent at Taco Bell and not just the $20 you spend on a few shots of tequila. But what about the effects on your health? What about your hangover the whole next day? How productive are you then? How happy are you with your headache and nausea?

Now some may say that when we indulge ourselves in less-than-ideal activities, that we are really doing something for our spirits. As in “it may not be doing my body any favors but it makes me happy.” And to a certain degree I understand this thought process. Allowing yourself a reprieve from a constant bombardment of work is absolutely necessary for the longevity of one’s life. But again, choose your activities wisely as the price you pay overall could be much more than you realize.

Also, you may want to consider things that don’t involve a great deal of activity or maybe any activity at all. Writing, listening to or making music, or even giving yourselves quiet time maybe just the way to calm your nerves and relax.

When was the last time you placed yourself in a zero stimulus zone. NO phone, wine, TV or sounds, images or people? It’s amazing.

Here’s where we get hung up. You might say to yourself “Well I don’t have time to just do nothing”. Or “If I’m not doing anything then I’m not getting anywhere.” And honestly that couldn’t be further from the truth. Allowing yourself to catch your breath mentally and emotionally can absolutely help you be more productive when it’s time to be productive. You’ll be able to think more clearly and focused and your body will have its own positive reaction as well.

It has been said before that “If you don’t make time for exercise or you will eventually have time for illness.” I’ll go one further and say: “You will find time to slow down or you will find time to crash.” So when you can, make some time even if you don’t think you can have it. Make the time to do a little “nothing” and just breathe. Make the time. Because you won’t get it back.



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