How to keep up with all: doing push-ups, running, do household chores or learning languages?

How to keep up with all: doing push-ups, running, do household chores or learning languages?

Hi friends. Today I want to share a curious story about how someone close to me (my wife) shared with me the simplest technique for doing daily chores that helps to implement new habits.

The main beauty of this technique is that it doesn’t require clever tricks, serious intellectual effort, or paid phone apps.

The daily diary technique

You need to start keeping a diary in which you put from 3 to 7 cases for tomorrow. Then, the next day, you do them.

I know many of you will say: “Ha, I always do so, so what’s new here?”. But you’re wrong. You know how people usually plan?

  1. First of all, people don’t set three or seven things to do, but 20. And then they go crazy with the number of tasks to do, which demotivates them;
  2. Secondly, more than half of the tasks are postponed to tomorrow, then to the day after tomorrow, and so on. This is especially true for non-urgent tasks for which there is no rush. This could include language learning, jogging, health care, etc. It’s like: “I don’t need to do it now, then I’ll do it later”.

And therein lies the problem. People plan 20 things, doing 10 easy and unimportant things, and they have no energy left for the important ones, so they postpone them and put them off until later.

And that’s where the technique I’m telling you about comes in. How does it differ from conventional planning?

1. You put ONLY the most important things in your diary

All small tasks can be written down on paper, post-it notes, etc. But not in the diary!

The diary should be an exceptional place for you, a “holy paper”, on which you can record critical events. And, accordingly, if you want to learn a language, run, or lose weight, treat these tasks as critical.

2. The next day, you are mandatory do everything that you have in mind

And no exceptions, no whining, no excuses, no postponements!

Did you get home too late, at 9 p.m.? That’s no reason to give up your daily run. You just pack up and go for a run at 10 p.m. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like. You run in the rain, in the heat or in the snow. Because it’s a critical task that you have set in your diary.

You’re not in the mood to learn a foreign language today? To hell with the mood, get ready and learn it! Start studying, do as you get, a little at a time. The main thing is to do.

There is a nuance here (as always): if you want to do what you want to do ironclad, put little to do and a little at a time. If it’s a jog, then 1 km. If it’s a foreign language, the lesson for 10-20 minutes. When you get used to it and you will do tasks at any time of the day or night, you can build up the volume. But you have to start small.

3. Repeat until it’s perfect

Since you have already started to do something (and you do it unintentionally for lack of time, bad weather or bad mood), progress will not be long in coming. You will very soon notice positive changes and will be able to increase the workload.

All that is now required of you is to continue. Hone your skills and craftsmanship until they are perfect.


That’s it. So that’s the technique that allows me to keep up with all: to keep my body in shape, to learn languages, to educate myself etc.

As I said above, the beauty of this technique is its simplicity. You don’t need paid programs, you don’t need something abstruse and complicated: you just need to follow the plan from yesterday, mercilessly perform the tasks and don’t feel sorry for yourself.

By the way, my wife gave up this technique after a year, because she felt sorry for herself, it was hard to force herself, she wanted more “feminine” ways. 🙂 On the contrary, I liked this technique, I’ve been using it for 6 years now and it has always helped me in my hardest times.

Now I learn with this method how to play the guitar, take courses in psychology and neurobiology, write articles, run, go to the gym, and generally do whatever I want.

I hope it works out for you too. Good luck!

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