You’ve probably heard of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the premise of the book being that the less stuff you have, the happier you’ll be.
I like that notion.
To me, less stuff means less distractions.
It means that the stuff I do have can and should be high-quality, and it should make me happy to be around it. I like the idea of being surrounded by stuff that brings me joy.
In reality, I haven’t gone so far as to 1) read this book; or 2) pare down my life to the essentials, but I am working up to it by implementing an important protocol that I learned from my business coach, Todd Herman.
The PRADA Protocol is essentially just simplifying things.
Todd talks about how we can get more productive and strategic with how we work by paring down what we make decisions about.
He encourages us to take a look at the areas of our life that cause unnecessary stress, overwhelm, and frustration, and suggests that we find ways to constrain those things down to their basic elements.
For example, he cites how some of the world’s most successful people
- Wear the same “uniform” every day;
- Eat the same foods; and
- Are ruthless about cutting back on information overload by unsubscribing from lists, and relegating emails/articles/content they want to read to a specific folder to be read at a specific time.
By placing these constraints, or brackets as I like to call them, around the things they have to do, they free up more mental bandwidth for the things they want to do and will propel their businesses forward.
I recently wrote an IG post inspired by this idea of constraints because I think that one of the biggest reasons why so many of us continue to struggle is because we give ourselves too many choices.
I love the idea of putting constraints around our fitness because it helps eliminate the hemming and hawing and indecisiveness that keeps from taking action…
…and action is what produces results.
To constrain literally means to “compel (or force) someone towards a particular course of action.” In this case, that course of action is exercise.
In my opinion, it is always better to be in “action” mode as opposed to “consume” mode.
There is only so much fitness information that we can absorb before it hinders our ability to make a damn decision!
“Should I do this program…or that one?”
“Is this fit pro right…or is that one?”
“Should I do body part splits or full-body for my strength training?”
Can you see how information overload leads to paralysis?!
To combat this sense of overwhelm, I recommend that you put constraints on your fitness, i.e. limit from where and from whom who get your information.
Doing this will force you to do something instead of spend time reading/thinking/obsessing over what to do.
It may sounds negative, but to constrain ourselves when it comes to the amount of fitness info we ingest it useful because it forces us to take a path–any path–that will lead to more results than will program-hopping due to indecision!
To put this into practice, follow these super-simple steps:
- Pick the 2-3 people/companies you know, like, and trust to get your fitness and health information from (I hope I’m one of the lucky ones you pick!) and be ruthless with everyone else (#byefelicia, #unsubscribe #sorrynotsorry)
- Relegate stuff you want to read into a special folder in your email to go back to when you have blocked off the time for it
There, done. Time and mental anguish saved = immeasurable.
Why should you do this? It is so useful in terms of freeing up precious mental bandwidth, and keeps confusion and indecision to a minimum.