During a typical week, my running looks like this:
- Monday – High Intensity Interval Training
- Tuesday – Tempo Run
- Wednesday – Fartleks
- Thursday – Tempo Run
- Friday – High Intensity Interval Training
- Saturday – Easy Run
- Sunday – Rest Day
What’s nice about this routine is that it balances speed, pacing, play, and rest. I’m getting just enough of each without overdoing any of them. It keeps me in shape and I’m out there 10-30 minutes max.
We need a similar approach when it comes to our working lives. We should be strategic about when we push, when we ease up, when we explore and discover, and when we rest.
People who only do one or two of these inevitably become less balanced and less productive. For example, doing HIIT everyday might feel awesome at first, but soon your body would reach its limit and you’d get seriously injured.
So, are you strategic about how you balance your working rhythms? If not, use my running example or find an analogy that works for you and begin implementing a smart, sustainable routine. You’ll be glad you did.