If It’s Worth Doing Well, It May Be Worth Doing Poorly

If it's worth doing well it may be worth doing it poorly

I knew I wanted to be exercising more. 

I walk by the rowing machine many times a day.

But I didn’t have time for exercise. Or so I told myself.

Exercise in my mind was a minimum of 30 minutes. That’s what “they” say, isn’t it?

And I felt unmotivated to try to fit 30 minutes into my day.

So I tried 15 minutes. But even that felt hard to get in. 

And so I aimed for 10.   Getting up early to fit 10 minutes of rowing into my day felt very manageable. Rowing for 10 minutes felt very manageable.

And for months now, I’ve been regularly doing 10 minutes of rowing.

“But that’s not enough!”

“You need more exercise than that!”

“You need to do it longer!”

“You need to do it more often!”

They tell me…

But little by little, 10 minutes at a time, I’ve gotten stronger, faster, and breathed easier. And gotten through two seasons of Star Trek: Picard (great show, highly recommend).

My 10 minutes may be “poor” by exercise standards, but in this case, poor is better than nothing. And is consistent “poor” really poor, anyway? 

If you’re having a hard time doing something “well,” you may want to consider doing it “poorly” and seeing what happens.

Image: Text: If it’s worth doing well it may be that it’s worth doing poorly, with a picture of woman in blue smiling and raising an arm in celebration.