They say exercise leads to perfection which means if you do something often enough there is a very good chance you’ll do better with it. Planning is one of those high valued skill. In order for us to practice it, we must learn to exercise it even at some simple tasks.
Planning is what I do every time I map my run. The concept of planning can be defined as the skill to exert effort towards looking beyond what has not happened yet in an attempt to limit the uncontrolled factors that degrades a given task.
Above are the definitions of planning which puts in place some sense on why I map my run. Running, even if it’s only a five kilometer run is still considered a strenuous activity. It requires a great deal of effort to accomplish. Effort is equivalent to energy that you would otherwise use for, let’s say – money making activity.
Our society today is very much influenced by the principle of competition. Careers, jobs, projects are won and lost each day. We pride ourselves with every victory we happen to achieve in our workplace from where we get our income. A workplace can be compared to an arena, and we are the gladiators fighting for survival. We are fighting indeed to either keep in place of our position or to move up the ladder which is the goal of most of us. Unlike the gladiators of the past though, our battles in the office usually doesn’t require us to do any heavy lifting.
Our day in the desk is mostly comprised of looking at the computer’s monitor for hours. The only lifting we do is to carry some folders or papers for intra mail office communication perhaps? I am surely striking at the right spot because that is the same experience I get from my work each and every single day. I go through the same paperwork as you do. Most of us do, in our long sleeves and ties we do all of this without breaking a sweat. We need to take better care of our physique. It not only hates the unnatural work our society has evolved to provide us with; our bodies also take a beating.
The human body is not designed to sit in the amount of time we do it. Our bodies are meant to move. It is meant to glide and carry us about places where we could and hunt for more food. At least that is how we are evolved. Our bodies are supposed to sweat, keep our heart pumping and take in oxygen. Inconveniently our jobs are what hinders us from what we are designed to do.
On our rest days, we need to get back to the basic. Each and every one of us needs to take care of our own body because you really are the only person responsible for it. I take it as a challenge at least twice a week to endure some physical test. We need these test so our bodies don’t deteriorate.
I maximize these off days. I map my run in order to get the most out of my day.