How to Keep Commitments to Yourself

How to Keep Commitments to Yourself

One of the tools that helps me feel productive in my day is making lists. There is just something about crossing off a completed task that really makes me feel like I accomplished something. Lately I have noticed that a lot of the tasks on my lists do not get crossed off or keep getting pushed to the next day’s list. These are obviously important tasks or else I wouldn’t have written them down, right? Things like train for the half marathon, clean the shower, fold the laundry, write. These tasks are necessary to my well-being. Yet I find reasons why they cannot be accomplished at their set times on my list.

This had me thinking about why I am ok with not completing tasks that are for myself and would make my life better. Why am I ok with not keeping commitments to myself?

Whenever I want to really get back on my fitness game I make plans with a friend to workout together. This way I don’t back out because there is someone depending on me. This is a great way to keep myself accountable. So why isn’t my own health and well-being enough of a reason to hold myself accountable to my fitness regime? Have you ever really thought about why we’re all ok with breaking commitments to ourselves when we would never do that to a friend or colleague?

Here is everything that you need to do to stop breaking commitments to yourself.

Complete the most dreaded task first.

Who didn’t see this one coming? It is true though. If you want to get something accomplished, do it first thing in the morning. For me, it’s running. I have never been a fan of it. So in order to get it done, I have to get out and run as soon as I get up. I feel more productive because the task has been completed and I never regret exercising. Plus, it brings me one step closer to my ultimate goal of running a half marathon.

Create a schedule, and stick to it.

My entire day is broken down in Google Calendar. I color-coordinate it and set up alarms for each task. I have repetitive tasks pre-scheduled for things that need done daily. Then each morning, I fill in the rest of my calendar with what needs to be accomplished. This way, based on my mood and the day’s commitments, I know how likely I am to complete a task. I won’t put something on the agenda if I know that there is no way it will get accomplished. There is no need to set yourself up for failure.

Time Block

I first heard about time blocking on The Skinny Confidential’s blog. You can check out her post here. Essentially, you roll a time block for a task, whatever time it lands on is the time you have to complete that task. Then the timer goes off and you move on to the next thing. The purpose is to stop wasting time on something that should only take you 5-30 minutes. Knowing that you will only spend 15 minutes cleaning the kitchen will help alleviate any weariness about the dreaded task and keep you focused.

Actual time blocks are not necessary. I use the timer on my phone.

Know your why.

Why are you training for a half marathon? Why have you decided to start a blog? Why does this certain task need to be done? Knowing the bigger picture behind every task will help to get them accomplished. In order to achieve something big, you have to start with each small step.

Stop making excuses.

At the end of the day we all have the same 24 hours, how you use them is up to you. Stop making excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something and just do it. You’ll be thankful in the end.

Is breaking commitments to yourself a problem for you? How do you deal with it? What are your tips for keeping commitments?

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