Dillon Lawrence – @DillonMLawrence
If you have ever taken a Physics class in high school or college, you have at least heard of Newton’s laws of motion. You may not remember them, I don’t off the top of my head, but, more than likely, your teacher/professor did their best to drill them into your memory. The first law states that “an object in motion will stay in motion, and an object at rest will stay at rest.”
Something hit me the other day and it was the realization that we as people tend to follow that law in our daily lives whether we know it or not. If you keep checking small things off your to do list, you may have noticed that it is easy to keep rolling through your tasks. On the flip side, if you sit down in the middle of the day to just “watch one episode” of a show during your lunch break, or if you take a long nap in between classes, you put yourself in a resting state. It is difficult for most people to get up and start being productive, aka put themselves in motion, once this happens because they have lost their POSITIVE MOMENTUM. I have heard Jay Azeltine talk about positive and negative momentum before, and that idea fits perfectly with this.
Older articles on IronValleyBarbell.net talk about front loading your day. I have realized that this method works very well for me because it puts me in motion as soon as I wake up. My morning routine starts with the first alarm. I shut it off and roll out of bed before my mind can convince me to sleep a little longer. The first thing I do is open my Bible and start stretching/rolling out. Within 5 minutes of opening my eyes for the first time each day, I am
- Overcoming a weakness of mine (I love sleep)
- Feeding my mind positivity with the word of God
- Preparing my body for that day’s training session and/or recovering from a previous one
After I accomplish those simple tasks, I allow myself to catch up on texts, emails, social media, etc. Knocking out a few small things each morning will get the ball rolling and will give you the momentum to tackle larger tasks later in the day.
Keep yourself in motion until it’s time to wind down for bed and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Allow yourself to stay at rest in the middle of the day and you will likely find that your to do list keeps growing.
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