Tuesday Things

1. Have you heard of Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret? It’s surprisingly simple, but very effective.

If you happen to be daunted by a larger goal, you simply break it down into manageable chunks–> ideally, one task that you can work on daily. (i.e. flossing your teeth each day, taking 10 minutes to meditate, working on a hobby for 30 minutes, etc.) Once you’ve narrowed down your goals, all you have to do is hang a calendar on the wall, and use a big marker to cross off each day that you accomplish your task.

weekly calendars

Once you’ve started a streak, you won’t want to break it!

Austin and I each started our own wall calendars yesterday, using our own systems. (Mine’s a little more straight-forward– using an Excel spreadsheet– and his is a bit more complicated using a post-it note system). Having our calendars on display over our desks seems like it will be extra-motivating!

2. The worst part about returning home after a long business trip?

fridge filled with foodA pathetic-looking fridge.

I have no idea what Austin eats while I’m gone… and I don’t think I’ll ask.

3. It also means I have NO ripe avocados to enjoy yet.

bowl with lemons, bananas, a red pepper, and avocados

But I’ve heard that storing bananas next to avocados makes them ripen faster.

Here’s hoping it works!

4. Whenever I do a workout DVD in the living room, Yasha figures that she must also “workout” by bringing ALL of her toys into my workout space.

dog with a toy in its mouth

She looks innocent, but one day she’s going to break my ankle. It’s a good thing I’m strengthening them with some Physique 57!ย 

5. I was instantly intimidated by the sheer size of my new book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, so I ended up starting a different book on my flight home–> Sugar Nation.

(It was recommended on the same must-read list.)

kindle and a cup of coffee on a table

It’s a really interesting read so far, and with cases of Type 2 Diabetes and obesity rapidly increasing, I think sharing this kind of preventative information is essential. I’ve been taking notes, and will be sure to share some highlights when I’m finished!

I’m also tempted to download Good Calories, Bad Calories to my Kindle. Everything seems easier to read on the Kindle!

Reader Feedback: Have you ever used the Seinfeld method? Are you setting any goals for yourself this summer?

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

I think I’m going to adopt the Seinfeld method this week! I’ve got lots of things on the go and often feel like I’m just spinning my wheels getting caught up in little things, but I can definitely do 10 min chunks. Great idea!

LizAshlee

That’s great..so do you just choose 1 mini task each day like meditating or do you work on all the smaller chunks at once. I need to think about my larger goal and break it down…it’s a bit jumbled right now. What are your goals you’re working on…if you don’t mind me asking…have a great day!

    Megan

    You’re supposed to choose just one mini task that you can work on each day– they say you can have multiple calendars for multiple tasks if you like, but that sounds too complicated for me. Ideally, it should be a goal you can do EVERY day, like committing 30 minutes to a project or daily flossing. Exercise goals can be tricky, since there should be rest days taken into account, but as long as you know your system, it can work. Personally, my goal is sugar-related right now… we got a little carried away during our last vacation, so I’m trying to reign-in my sweet tooth to an extent! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

I’m impressed with the Seinfeld method! I might just have to use it! An empty fridge is the worst! I’ve never heard of putting avocados near bananas to ripen before but I will definitely be using that trick from now on! I love avocado!

    Megan

    The banana trick definitely worked! One of my avocados was ripe the very next day! ๐Ÿ™‚

jen

I’ve never heard of the Seinfeld Method, but my coach training was done with Martha Beck, and she recommends something similar – turtle steps. You break everything down into little, manageable actions! Sounds familiar. I do use that method sort of in my own way. I do set goals and have some google docs with things I want to track on them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t!

    Megan

    I’ve actually been printing off little calendars like this for a few years, because I find it so helpful! Didn’t know that Seinfeld deserved credit for the idea… ha ha. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    There is something about printing it off and physically crossing the days off that works better for me than if I use a calendar on my computer. Not sure why it works that way! But, like you, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Kcirrehs

I am currently reading Why We Get Fat, and What to Do About It, after not being able to procure Good Calories, Bad Calories from my local library. Yes, I said library, I’m an old fashioned book nerd. :p Anyhow, Taubes says right in the introduction that, essentially, he wrote this book for those who were intimidated by the density of Good Calories, Bad Calories. I’m about halfway through it and have found it quite readable and very insightful thus far. It’s basically confirming many long standing thoughts and ideas that I’ve had about malnutrition and the importance of nourishing our systems at the most basal level,especially after reading Eat Fat, Lose Fat while attempting to attain a clinicians idea of a “healthy body weight” after doctors basically beat my self worth into a pulp telling me I had an eating disorder! That book really reassured my confidence in knowing that I was just meant to be tiny not because I don’t eat enough and move too much, but because I eat right! I had gotten to the point were I was basically apologizing to my family for loving a big fresh bowl of greens and the clean feeling energy they gave me. Seriously! If I am eating eggs and butter with my coconut oil roasted veggies I think I deserve to do some yoga if I want to! Blogs like yours Megan, had been instrumental in helping to realize that I need to just eat what I want and some, not all, but some, doctors really just need to shut it because they aren’t seeing the whole picture! Sorry for rambling! Good luck with the reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Megan

    I love that you use the library!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I am seriously tempted to get his second book, because everyone is saying it gets to the point faster! It’s very frustrating how confused our society is on how to eat, and what’s “healthy” to eat, and how we should all look… but hopefully that will eventually change with time and more education.

Nataliya @irunforicecream

How long have you been doing Physique 57 and how do you like it? I bought their DVD and so far only did it once. I was kind of discouraged because I wasn’t sore the next day, but I hear so many great things about it that I want to continue.

    Megan

    I’ve been doing Physique 57 intermittently for the last 2 years. It’s my very favorite workout, and I love the results when I stick to it! But it definitely has a bit of a learning curve. I got better at it after attending a workshop at the Beverly Hills studio, and I’ve been meaning to dedicate a post to some of the tips they shared! I’ll try to get that up soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lisa

Oooh I like that Seinfeld method. Going to try that out! My pet always days that when I try and workout, I have a cat though and she always sits right on my weights or mat, whichever I’m using. It drives me crazy, but she’s so cute.

Susan

I’m totally into using that Seinfeld method. Thanks for also linking to that blog that the idea came from on Facebook! ๐Ÿ™‚ And sharing the must-have list of reads again since I’ve only just recently started following you. Productivity ideas always make me excited to better myself.

Cheryl

Yasha is so cute! What breed of dog is she?

    Megan

    She’s a miniature American Eskimo. We love her!

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