Here's on I prepared earlier

 

Good morning.

Even though I wasn’t able to work, the 440 emails could go live because they were already scheduled. This meant that I was able to keep my commitment 

These plans were ruined by the internet issues that continued to rain on me, so I ended up losing Monday and Tuesday to Tech’s, international phone calls, and realising I purchased the world’s worst modem-router — but not the cheapest — from a guy who swore ‘yeah mate, I use it myself’.

I came back from Tamworth on Sunday night — good times — ready for a big day of work on Monday (well maybe not ‘ready’, but present).

Last week, that came in very handy.

As I mentioned last week, I write these emails in advance. of a morning email every week day for 2018.

If they hadn’t, the assumption would have been that I was struggling from a weekend in Tamworth — which wasn’t the case.

The only after-effects I was feeling was an inflamed upper quad from falling off a mechanical bull, and sore forearms from two hours of intense driving through the Hunter Valley, after the two of us up front decided to accept the GPS recommendation of leaving the highway to get to Sydney 13 minutes quicker.

It ended up being an hour slower, but how was the GPS to know we were in a campervan? 

Anyway, there’s something that feels a bit contrived about scheduling, compared to writing and posting live. However, it would not be possible to write something fresh every day, if I wanted to get any other work done. 

It’s a bit like meal prep.

Whilst it’s not the most exciting was to eat prepared food, it can play an important role in improving food intake and adherence for body recomposition goals.

Ideally, you would prepare something fresh every day. 

In a perfect world, you would be able to cook every meal and eat it then.

But work, family, and life do a pretty good job of getting in the way of those grand plans, and it’s simply not realistic for most people.

Meal-prep, be it cooking yourself or purchasing prepared meals, becomes a great way of having a healthy option accessible and facilitating adherence to your plan.

Likewise, I’d love to write a daily email that contains topical headlines and is hyper-relevant, and have it ready for you at 4:40 am. But I also need to sleep (until 4:40 am) and then work.

So instead, you get the one that I prepared earlier. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful or informative, provided it includes all the right ingredients.

Aside from the convenience when times get busy, meal prep also makes sticking to your plan the first option, because of its accessibility.

When it becomes faster to eat your prepared meal than walk across the road to fast food, it’s doing its job.

The keywith meal prep is not to ruin a good thing. 

So if you have you favourite lunch, don’t eat it every single day, because you will get bored of it and never be able to face it again.

Incorporate enough variety to keep it interesting, with enough consistency to keep it simple.

At the onset, you can have the same food over and over again. 

But after a month or so, when you will need to add variety to stop boredom, you should have seen a result which will make implementing change easier.

I wrote this on Friday 2nd February, which means if you are reading it on Monday 5th February, this email has been sitting in the fridge for three days.

Anything longer than that, and I would freeze it!

 

Tom Fitzgerald