Short-Term Goal Setting

Ahhhhh…..a Day Off.

The simple words bring to mind a Utopian mindset in many, and an endless list of chores for others. For me? It’s a chance to do some of the stuff I have wanted to do for the entire week, but haven’t had the time to do. In a lot of instances, I’ve had days off with big plans of what I wanted to do, but wound up spending most of the day on the couch in my underwear eating cheese out of a can.

I joke, I kid, I lie, I don’t think I’ve ever had cheese in a can, but I can imagine it would probably be like a combination of gelatin, ear wax and Cheeto dust.
As anyone can tell you, I seem to have a combination of OCD, ADHD, and OPP (ya you know me!!), which makes for an interesting melange of projects on the go, with various due dates and stages of completion. For instance, I currently have a few books sitting beside me waiting to be read, or that are partially read:
A very comprehensive book on exercise testing and technical components of operations, not an easy read but a component of a certification I am completing (Certified Exercise Physiologist through CSEP)
This book is actually written for physiotherapists, but I think that any personal trainer interested in post-rehab should have this sucka dog-eared, highlighted, memorized, and essentially absorbed into every pore of their body like a crack head trying to free-base with knowledge.

Dr. Stuart McGill’s is one of the best books available for clinical and research-oriented information on training and correcting low back injuries or pain. It’s one of the books I’m using as my bible for writing my current book.

Another McGill creation, this one is great for the lay-person looking to get more knowledge, as well as the experienced trainer looking to add some extra tools to their tool box.
What? It’s a classic. A lotta guys read it, they just don’t tell you they read it. I don’t have to impress you. Stop judging me!! **Crosses arms in a huff
I just ordered three more books, and hope they will get here soon. Note the absence of anything Miley Cyrus related.
So that’s my reading list. On top of it, I want to get in a workout (something with a nutty hint of iron, and the bone-bending feel of a max weight bench press is in the air), and during that I want to do a few short videos to accompany a follow-up post to a blog a few days ago on returning to working out and rotator cuff irritation . Then, get some writing done, do some chores that have been forgotten for the past two weeks, and of course, watch the return of the NFL tonight. Any predictions?
With all this going on, how do I stay focused on any task at hand, and manage to get what I want to completed in a day? I’m a big believer in goal-setting. Not just a long term goal, although that is extremely important to guide yourself on a path towards where you want to go. Not just a short term goal, although those help you get one step closer to your long term goals. I’m talking about daily goal setting. Each evening, I think about what I want to accomplish the next day, whether it be having all my sessions puke technicolor streams of awesome, or whether I want to mow the lawn in a pretty cross-hatched pattern, I plan it out beforehand. If I know there is some free time in the day, I think about what I want to fill that time with, and whether it will be something that can help me immediately (working out), in the next few days (content for a blog post, business development strategies), or something to help me in the distant future (writing for a book). If I need something now, I goal set to do that activity. If it’s something off in the distance, I goal set to do that activity with a completion date in mind, and a burning desire to have something to show on that date. From there, I make it my absolute mission to get shit done the next day. If I don’t get anything accomplished, what do I have to show for the time I have invested on this earth? I need to make sure I can look back when I’m 40 or 50 and say I used the time I had when I was younger to accomplish what I wanted to do, because I don’t know whether the future will be kind to me or not.
I guess the big question we can all ask ourselves is “What am I going to do today?” Holla at your boy when you figure this one out.

About deansomerset

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Post-Rehab Specialist, personal trainer and probably the coolest guy my mom knows, I try to impart a little knowledge with a sense of humor to keep people reading. I've always thought if it's something that can grab your attention, you're gonna remember it tomorrow!!
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