Guest blog post by Roderic Andrews
It’s a freakishly gorgeous day for the first of October and I just got back from a 45 minute run around Georges Brassens park in south of Paris and I feel bloody terrific. Exactly one hour earlier though I was lying in bed with a magazine dreading even the thought of having to get into the shower let alone go for a gruelling run. So how does it work? Why can’t our brains understand that after the run there will be reward? Are we so short sighted? Aren’t humans the only animal that can actually see benefit through work in the long term?
We understand that there is a tomorrow and there was a yesterday, unlike animals (so scientists say). I know without a doubt that yesterday I was a fat middle-aged guy and tomorrow, if I don’t run, I’ll be still a fat middle-aged guy. Arguably human civilisation was made possible because of this understanding of time and future benefit! And yet, I still sat in bed reading the small print in the dark of the Financial times magazine without the least desire to run. (Ok, it was my fiancÃ©es Cosmopolitain mag I admit, but surely that alone should get me out of bed to run).
I don’t have any problem going to work, and even if sometimes I don’t really feel like going, I would always choose it over going for a run, if that was a choice. Why don’t I see the benefit of running especially because I get much more instant gratification than for example, after a long day’s work?
Well despite this dramatic build up alas, I must apologise as I don’t have the answers. My best guess is we are still animals at heart after all and we simply don’t want to exert ourselves unnecessarily. So how do we beat this instinctive procrastination?
All I know is this:
If you ask yourself the question, you will find the wrong answer.
If you wait for the energy, it will never come.
If you need an excuse, you will find it.
If you wait to feel like doing it, you will never run.
Make the choice the night before, get out of bed, whack on your shoes before you realise what day it is, and just start running.
We all know the rewards are there to be had.
Please tell me your best procrastination excuse to yourself in the comments below!
Thanks to Roderic for this guest blog post.
Tags: dont wait, lazy, procrastinate, run