Weeks two and three of any exercise regimen seem to be really tough for me. I always start out the first week really excited. I enjoy planning everything out and I look forward to achieving my goal. Week two comes along and I realize that I actually have to do work hard at this! How am I going to fit this into my already busy life?!
My “long” run for the week was on Sunday. As I was ending my day at work yesterday knowing I had to get a run in, I began listing in my head all the things I should do instead. It’s amazing how easily other things in life can creep up and appear so important and time consuming. Perhaps I should work longer, vacuum the house, stay home and play with the dogs/cats because I was gone all day.
I go through the same thought process at work. I know I have to fill positions but it’s so easy for me to convince myself that other tasks are more important and all of a sudden the week is gone. As a recruiter I know that everything is urgent and the work day never truly ends. As a matter of fact, I never turn off my inner “recruiter” and I can easily turn casual conversation with friends or acquaintances into a recruiting event. It’s all about networking, baby. Regardless, at the end of the day I need to fill jobs and doing the basic “recruiting” functions such as sourcing, screening resumes and phone interviewing while I am at work are essential to filling jobs. If I can’t get those done it doesn’t matter how many emails I have answered or how many meetings I have attended. I simply won’t fill positions.
Same is true with running. I can convince myself all day long that I should be doing something else or that I would rather be doing anything except for actually getting out there and running. The problem is that if I don’t do the running, I can’t (at least not without a lot of suffering) finish the half marathon.
Ultimately it comes down to prioritizing. Prioritizing is a daily struggle from a work perspective as well as personally. I know that I have to focus on the tasks that are most important and will lead to filling jobs. I also know that vacuuming, working longer and playing with my pets is pretty important but if I don’t get my scheduled runs in I won’t be finishing a half marathon. In the grand scheme of things the time commitment (and suffering) for running is pretty minimal compared to what I will gain from it. You can accomplish anything, even when you are under pressure, if you take it one step at a time and gently remind yourself why you must do the things you don’t really want to do.
Life isn’t meant to be easy friends. Neither is running or recruiting.