Your #1 Priority


I’ve been in a state of transition lately and under higher than usual levels of stress and pressure.

About a month ago, I went a week without exercise.

Reflecting on this, I realised how hypocritical it was. I think living healthier is the single biggest accelerator we could apply to improving society today. But here I am, falling prey to the same excuses — too much work, not enough time, too tired, too hard, tomorrow.

So I made a decision. I decided to re-prioritise.

For the last month, my number one priority every single day has been to exercise. I have done this to the exclusion of meetings, work tasks and leisure time.

In doing this, I realised how absurd it was to live any other way. Exercise:

  • increases productivity and focus
  • improves physical health
  • balances your mental state
  • makes you a better worker, boss, employee, brother, son, husband, lover, parent, mentor and friend.

An 8 hour work day with exercise is more valuable than an 10 hour work day without.

Justifying daily exercise as your number one priority is such an easy thing to do.

If exercise isn’t your number one priority, your priorities are wrong.

(Originally published October 10, 2011)