I'm going to start working out and eating right, I just need to read all these websites on training & nutrition first.
I'm going to work on my coding project, I just need to close down all these tabs first.
I'm going to call my dad more, I just need less stress in my life first.
I'm going to approach more women, I just need to read more about inner game first.
I'm going to study for my exam, I just need to reorganize my desk first.
By putting Y before X, we are stalling and not getting momentum. There are some cases where preparatory action is actually warranted, but most situations aren't like that.
What would happen if we turned these around?
I'm going to start working out and eating right, and I will do research as I get more momentum.
I'm going to work on my coding project now, and then I can read Reddit in the glow of victory.
I'm going to call my dad right now, and that will make it more likely that I call him again tomorrow regardless of my stress level.
I'm going to say something to a girl, and that will give me reference experiences that I can hook up to inner game theory later.
I'm going to study for my exam right now, my desk won't bother me nearly as much after I get through some pages.
We get momentum, AND whatever was bothering us will seem easier. All it takes is a few minutes of mild pain as we force our brain to focus.
Oh btw, here's a crazy thought: what if all those evasive "I have to do this first" actions are actually a form of cognitive pica? What if your mind is telling you to do Y but what it really wants is for you to do X. Think about it...
What's cyclothymia? It's a mild form of the docs used to call "manic-depression," but which they re-name periodically. Cyclothymics can actually function decently well, and as such often don't know they've got it. If you cycle through highs and lows, are particularly artistic, or that describes someone you love, then read this post in full and please comment with your own experience. I'm still learning, myself.
AN INTRODUCTION TO CYCLOTHYMIA
Knowing the term "Cyclothymia" would have been very helpful to me a few years ago. This essay is plain English and, if I've done a good job, might help people who associate with a cyclothymic relate better to them, and might help a cyclothymic manage themselves better and produce better.
I'm against the "medical-ization" of life. We need medical terms, but we need to be able to explain things in plain English without labeling. Labeling, by definition, drastically simplifies.
Cyclothymia is simple at its roots, simple enough for a plain discussion without medicalization. Here's how it works for me -
I am not planning to have any cheat day in my slow carb diet. Also, I will not be having any recovery day in my exercise regime.
I feel having a cheat day will make me crave carbs for the remaining six days and it is always easy to do anything daily without missing out. Inertia at play here, I guess.
For workouts I have active rest with swimming so I didn't feel any real need for a recovery day.
My concern is that I am not eating enough protein. I plan to change this from tomorrow. Today was more like an IF day. Also because of all this tracking the quality of my posts is going WAY down. I must work on these two things.