Productivity and My New Year’s Resolution

Last night I was at work 8:00 am-1:30 pm, then again from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm. It was one of those days where I remember why I’m leaving my job. But actually those four hours I was here in the evening I got an entire day’s worth of work done. I had thoroughly exhausted my blogging/facebooking/emailing distractions before I returned to work, and was able to focus completely on doing my job.

This morning I arrived at 7:30 am finished off my work from last night, and returned to my digital distractions. One of those distractions was this post from The Minimalists. The gist of it is that he is productive by focusing on single, meaningful tasks rather than frittering away time on distractions. He focuses on his real priorities which are defined as the things you spend the most time doing (not necessarily what you idealistically say are your true priorities).

The post reminded me of two things: one, the attitude-behavior gap where we say or think versus how we actually behave and live our lives. I might say my priority is to spend time with my baby family, but if you block out where the majority of my time is spent, it’s at work and on the internet. The second was my New Year’s Resolution.

My New Year’s Resolution was this: to become a more productive person, not through the use of stimulants (such as coffee) and stress, but through mindfulness and single-tasking.

Well it’s the middle of April now and I’ve had some success and failure with that. I don’t drink coffee. Actually I’ve been coffee-free for so long it’s anti-productive for me because I’m unable to focus on anything for more than two minutes. I’ve started a couple of blogs which is a great productivity/creativity outlet for me. I’ve upped my yoga practice. Yoga is the only thing I do where I know I am 100% truly present. When I meditate my mind is still all over the place, and a lot of the time I am thinking about things I have to do and such, but on the mat there is nothing but perfecting that pose on my mind.

Moving forward I am going to revisit this resolution. Maybe write it on a post-it or something so I can remind myself to breathe, focus, and be present rather than worrying about money/future/whatever.

I Have 4 Gym Memberships

That isn’t a typo. That doesn’t mean I pay for four gym memberships, but I have access to four gyms. Why do I have four gym memberships? 

  1. Gym shot

    Gym shot (Photo credit: Tyson Cecka)

    The exercise room at my apartment complex. It has a couple of treadmills and a couple of ellipticals. Great for a quick late night cardio.

  2. Our lease came with a free membership to the community center with a full gym, pool, pool tables, various other perks. It’s half a block away.
  3. The Double Tree. This membership costs $600 a year and comes with a full gym, pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, towel service, and the creepy 84 year old man who interrupts my workouts to tell me I need to grow my hair out long so it reaches my butt. Really, we pay for the steam room.
  4. My college gym. I can still go there whenever I feel like it. It’s kind of far though.
  5. [Bonus] Yoga studio. $70 a month.

The excessiveness of my gym memberships really dawned on me this month when I ran myself broke with rent, car repair, cell phone bill, yoga, and quarterly Double Tree renewal. It’s such an excess considering I don’t need to pay anything to get my weekly workouts in. Currently they consist of:


This is Slomo. We see him on our weekly beach run. He rollerblades in slow motion to music coming from somewhere on his person

Monday: 30 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes in the steam room.

Tuesday: Free lunchtime yoga at work

Wednesday: 5K at the beach with my friend Emily

Thursday: Yoga (Ashtanga Vinyasa). My work offers another free lunchtime class. I should take that.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 30 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes in the steam room.

Sunday: Outdoor adventure (hiking, mountain biking)

So I guess if I take advantage of free lunchtime yoga on Thursday and break my addiction to the steam room, I could simplify my gym memberships and save $1440 a year. How about that?