Saturday, August 06, 2011
I bought The Spark two weeks ago. I am still working my way through it (I'm super busy), but I love its mindset that the tools it advances aren't just about losing weight: They're about building a better, healthier life.
I have been pretty disorganized my entire life, just because I thought I could get away with it and it saved time. I always thought it would be good to become more organized, but that I didn't really need to, and besides, those people who were super-organized were not as "fun" or "spontaneous" as I was. After a few disappointments this year, I am realizing that I need to improve my organization and time planning. But not in the way that I used to do it, which was a crash-diety kind of way (I need to clean my room because my parents are coming! I need to get myself prepared for a big test!), but in a real lifestyle change way.
I actually lose by being disorganized and not planning my time well. I lose time; when something is missing and I don't know where it is, it takes a while to find it. I lose confidence; I can't invite people into my room without shame. And I end up less able to perform; when I don't manage my time, I can get too wrapped up in completing one task and not do everything I need to do before a deadline.
The idea of criss-crossing really spoke to me, because there are some aspects of my life that are working that I can use to motivate and teach me how to succeed here. Setting small goals and aiming for streaks are tools I plan to use in improving my organization and time planning. I'll be blogging about this, along with my health goals from now on.