Juggling life a million miles an hour? Working a full-time job while taking care of a family? Putting in work on a side hustle? Taking care of a sick loved one? Traveling a ton? Managing a little league team/book club/passionate hobbies? One or all of these combined? Take a page from your muscles to learn how to manage it all! In this blog post, I am going to tell you how to use exercise coaching principals to manage your time and balance your life by building strength in productivity.

There are a lot of things to consider and account for when learning a new exercise movement, much like learning to drive for the first time. Remember when you first started driving and how difficult it was to remember to check all of your mirrors when driving? It was a conscious continuous cycle of checking your mirrors: look front, check back, check side, check side, repeat. We consciously do that until we unconsciously know exactly when we need to do that in the process. That is the same with every complex thing in life, every complex idea that you are trying to learn, and every movement your body is doing.

If you want to build strength in the productivity of your life, let’s talk about managing a full and complex schedule by using the technique of checking your mirrors. Leading a complex life that is produced will require the skill of organization and systematic maintenance, much like building a strong body. If you don’t put a system in place for when you devote time to checking each mirror, you may end up feeling very overwhelmed and hopeless on the endeavors you are working toward.  Hitting the gym once or twice a year will give you the same results as taking time to organize and structure your life once or twice a year. Both of these things are better done continuously, or at the least, a few times a week.

Learning to check your mirrors

  • First, define what your mirrors are. What are the things in life that require your attention?
  • Second, assign a priority and frequency- How often do you need to check each item in order for it to either maintain strength or grow strength?
  • Third- Create a schedule and write it down- Create a tool to reference and build accountability around this new habit.
  • Lastly, always check your mirrors when you say you will- keep at it, adjust when needed (be adaptable), stay the course!

These are the same principals I use to develop an exercise routine for my clients, and the same principals I use to develop my personal strengths to achieve my goals. When I am feeling overwhelmed and falling short of the progress want to be making, I ask myself, have I been checking my mirrors?