Monday, May 6

I’m stealing this post from my sister-in-law, who is a productivity genius! These are pages from the book Rework, which is a business book on productivity in the workplace.

These pages jumped out at me because I get caught in this trap all of the time. We have to estimate how much time it will take to do each part of a 60-minute class here and sometime I get it right, and sometimes I don’t. Turns out, no one is that great at estimating.

But what this says is that I shouldn’t be trying to estimate the big picture, I need to break it down into small chunks. And I know that’s right because when I do that, and I think about each small part of class - whiteboard meeting, warm up, mobility, workout (and each part of that), and a bathroom break (most important) - I do a much better job of finishing on time.

Thing is, we always plan for best case scenarios and that rarely happens. There are equipment malfunctions, someone needs to go to the bathroom (again), there are questions about scaling, modifications for injuries, arguments about whether cereal is a soup, etc, etc, etc… If we don’t add extra time for other things we will be late.

How are you as an estimator? Do you plan your day, work, and travel based on best case scenarios? Do you think about how long each individual segment may take, or do you try to guess how long the whole project will take?

I think we can learn from how we approach workouts and start to apply that to our daily lives. If the workout is 50 wall balls, row 1000 meters, then 50 pull ups, I am going to think about how long each segment will take me. I will plan strategic breaks in the wall balls and pull ups and I will know what kind of pace I can hold on the rower. Then I should have a very good estimate of how long that workout will take. But I had to break it up into pieces first.

I want to start applying that kind of thinking to my out-of-the-gym life. I think I can be more efficient running errands, doing housework, and having more free time if I can better estimate how long tasks will take me.

Hopefully you can find a way to use this info too. Whether it’s at work, at home, or at the gym, remember to break it up into pieces so you can better accomplish the whole project!

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Workout for Monday, May 6
Good Form Running Review

3 Rounds for Time
Run 400m
21 American KB Swings (53/35)
12 Pull Ups

CrossFit 616