#DOSummer2015 Update #2: On Coasting and Accountability

#DOSummer2015 isn’t a very difficult challenge if you’re going for the exercise idea, like me. The nice thing about doing a challenge that requires only 15 minute intervals is when you exercise, you can usually cross off three or four boxes each time. However, it also means you can go nearly a week without crossing out any boxes and still feel ahead—in this case, that’s me. Coasting along.

So, maybe what #DoSummer2015 is helpful for is not so much forcing me to exercise but rather, showing me how quickly I’m willing to slack off on my exercise schedule. It’s amazing what a low level of accountability can do to a girl’s motivation.

However, what I’m learning this summer is that you can’t rely on accountability. Yes, deadlines are good and so are boxes to check off. But in the end, there are times you need to motivate yourself to do something simply for yourself and nothing else.

This week, that may not have manifested in exercising; ironically, it happened in relaxing. Most of us have that never-ending to-do list, and it can be frustrating (near impossible at times) to find time to recharge. Relaxing seems so…unproductive. But you shouldn’t have to rely on others to tell you to take a break. That rather seems to defeat the purpose.

In such a productivity-obsessed society (I’m looking at you, America), you need to take time for yourself, be it by journaling, biking, or listening to your favorite music. When I took 20 minutes to read a book purely for fun this morning, I could instantaneously tell a difference. My mood improved, my energy went up, and I went to back to work feeling more at peace. And that means that tomorrow, I will start crossing those boxes off again.

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