A few weeks ago I had to go to the ophthalmologist (eye doctor, for those keeping score at home) because one eye was very red, infected, painful, all of the above. She looked around, put some drops in, and concluded I probably was using dirty contacts. It was good that there was nothing worse, but it was also a wake up call to take better care of my contacts. She sent me home with new instructions for daily clearing my contacts. Why am I sharing this? Because the actual protocol was for me to physically rub my contacts when I took them in or out of their case and then empty the solution in the case each time I used it. The problem of me was that I would never remember to change the solution until after I put my contacts away for the day. It wasn’t until I changed my routine and emptied the solution right after putting the contacts in for the day that I was able to be successful in my new eye care.
I’m going though something similar with my new swim workouts. Our house is set up such that the kids’ rooms are right next to our room and the mud room, which is our entrance to the garage. I cant simply get out of the house at 5:15am. I need to have my swim bag packed, my change of clothes and shower stuff packed, and even my garage door opener out of my car and by the front door so that I don’t open the inside door and risk waking up my (precious:) sleeping daughter. The first couple weeks of swimming were stressful just in the prep I had to do the night before!
I’m finding that so many things in life are better experienced when you go through the set up in advance. I’ll admit: I’m not a good planner. I fly by the seat of my pants more than I’d like to admit. I’ve trained for full and half marathons – that takes some planning. I’m 30 days away from finishing a graduate degree in kinesiology – that took some planning and disciplined study. But some of the smaller day-to-day or week-to-week planning issues are a struggle for me. But life is a series of adjustments and I’m learning to adjust my habits, my routines, my preparations so that I can be successful in new and challenging ways.
Not only does it take some planning to get out of the house in the morning to swim, but it also takes some planning so that I get a good workout when I get in the water. I’m not a swimmer. I don’t know swim workouts, I don’t even know some of the lingo as I spend time with swimmers and research swim training. So planning my workouts is essential if I’m going to expect to improve as fast as I’d like.
This all plays into a new theme in my life. Every Monday morning I’ve spent some disciplined time prepping for the week. Now I’m looking at some of the other areas of life that require set up to be successful. Do you have any areas of life that could use a little more set up?