What if I told you there is a magic tool that can help you finally become the strongest and fittest version of yourself and it's something you can hold in your hands?
As a matter of fact, you might even own one. It's a secret tool no one is really talking about, but when you use it the right way, it will not only transform your body but your whole lifestyle.
It will bridge the gap between the person you are today and the person you dream to be. This magical tool will turn you into a powerhouse who blasts through obstacles, overcomes self-sabotage, and finishes the year looking and feeling like a super-human.
The tool I am talking about, is (drum roll) ... your planner!!
What Does A Planner Have To Do With Fitness?
I can almost see the eye-rolls and hear the groans. But, before you throw the tomatoes, hear me out!
Having a daily planner does all of things we need to keep us on track. It holds us accountable to our goals, remind us of our priorities, and gives us a guide on how to build routines that support them.
Most people associate their planner with work and productivity. They use it to manage their workday, meetings, kid's afterschool activities, but these are just SOME ways that it can bring clarity and order to our lives.
I've seen the light myself!
I've been a planner person for over 10 years but it wasn't until a few years ago that I learned how to use it for my fit journey.
I am now...
1. Consistently achieving my fitness goals
2. More confident in my body
3. Seeing physical changes in my body (stronger, muscle definition, etc)
4. I am NOT using will power or a strict diet
The Planning Technique That Got Me Results
By this point you're probably thinking "Okay, Brittany. I'll humor you. What's the key to this planner technique?
The key is that I created fit goal tracking system that motivates me (not to beat myself up over) and I checked in on them daily. Here's how you can do the same in 3 super simple steps
1. Write the goal as a habit (not an outcome). and schedule the time you are putting aside for this habit.
Example: "I want to be the type of person who works out 4-5 times a week this month. I'll do this at 6pm after work on Mondays, Tuesdays, and on the weekends"
Not: "I want to have a six pack"
2. Write down your wins weekly in your planner.
What are you learning about yourself as you embark on these new habits? Maybe you realize that it's not a motivating goal after all - then choose another one. Maybe you realize you enjoy bonding with your spouse or kid while working out.
3. Choose a reward for achieving this habit. How will you pat yourself on the back each time you do this action? What will you do at the end of the month to celebrate? Pick something that brings you joy and excitement.
This daily goal tracking system has made my fit journey more fun and fulfilling. I hope it does for you too!