16 Sep Conversations With My Type A Self
One reason I backed away from the ad agency life was to slow down, be less competitive and rely less on those “Type A” personality traits. I really want to remember to enjoy the scenery around me! With that in mind, I had a very difficult debate with myself yesterday about over-doing things.
It is in my competitive nature to strive for big goals, be motivated to push myself a bit harder ever day and continue to tack on more to my to do list. There are a few things I am trying to make healthy habits in my life right now. In no particular order: commuting by bike, CrossFit, walking my dogs and eating breakfast at home. Now, my type A self thinks that means I should be doing each of those, as often as humanly possibly – even if it means stressing out my body (and brain.)
Does waking up at 5am to be at CrossFit by 5:45am-7am, to come home, walk the dogs, make breakfast and then bike an hour to work (all before an 9 hour work day) sound a bit stressful to you? Me to. Instead of slowing down to enjoy my time, I was trying to shove as much stuff as possible into my mornings.
Yesterday, after some general counsel from friends, I came up with a better balance of things.
Here is the balance I have come up with for the first month of creating new habits:
- Bike commute 3 out of 5 days
- CrossFit 3 days per week
- Drive on the days I CrossFit (thankfully, one of these days is a day I am off)
- Walk the dogs 5 out of 7 days per week (We have a dog walker 3 days a week)
- Make breakfast 6 out of 7 days per week
For bike commuting, I’m not going to stress myself out on biking more than I drive.
Is it going to storm? Drive. Are the Broncos playing a home game and drunk traffic will be letting out as you need to be riding home? Drive. Does your wife get off early and driving would allow 30 minutes of time together before she falls asleep? Drive.
For CrossFit I may go more, but I won’t push myself to sacrifice to do so.
Walking the dogs is a brilliant way to spend 30 minutes. Remember that!
Making breakfast at home ensures I won’t be hungry in 45 minutes.
Now, I’m going to give this a go for a month and see what happens! How do you deal with tempering your competitive nature?