Have you heard Dr Rangan Chattergee’s recent podcast with Nir Eyal?
- Why is it we do things against our better instincts?
- What is our driver of motivation?
- Is it really pursuit of pleasure over pain?
Nope apparently not. Neurologically speaking, all behaviour is designed to escape discomfort. Physically and emotionally.
Time management is therefore pain management…hmm. Fitting in some time for distraction is vital so it’s not that exclusive thing you crave, but then making sure you proactively plan for the things you really want to achieve is where it’s at.
This made me really think about health. We all feel better when we put the effort in to live better. To exercise regularly, to get enough sleep, to eat cleanly, to get out in the sun. And so on. And as my clients tell me, they schedule time for their visits because getting adjusted (chiropractic lingo for our corrections) makes them feel better, have more energy, optimises what they can get out of their body for daily living or for extra performance.
I can’t believe it took me most of my way through my 20 years in practice to fully get this concept. Perhaps it has something to do with me getting older, having kids, juggling work and home and not always making those vital life choices well. And so I felt the same things they did and so understood why people really asked to get tuned up.
Many people who consult me do so initially as they hurt somewhere. Then either they go away once they’re doing well and I hear from them in the future when they’re hurting again. Or others do this and then learn from repeated return episodes as life takes it usual toll. They work out, maybe I could do one better and prevent some of this happening again? Could I nip things in the bud when they’re just a seed rather than a bud? Some choose this ‘seed management’ from day 1. The decision to be proactive, knowing they will function that much better if they make the time for this in their lives, including that great feeling of putting effort into themselves.
Celebrating drifting whilst avoiding too much distraction from the life choices we make.