Take a deep breath before stepping on the scale. A month into the pandemic, she was sure she wouldn’t like what she saw.
Well that was bad news.
Between my gym closure and my newfound quarantine snack hobby, I gained 10 pounds in just four weeks. You can easily double your weight.
My pre-pandemic exercise routine consisted of playing squash several times a week and doing light weightlifting every other day. I was.
But now, with gyms closed and pandemic blue seeping into our homes, staying in shape has suddenly become harder. And I didn’t know how long it would be before they came back. I felt out of reach for motivation to do things other than Zoom calls and Netflix.
I lost my “tiger’s eye” and knew that the longer I waited to find a new workout activity, the harder it would be to regain it.
So, for the first time in years, I had to find a new form of exercise that was quarantine-friendly if it could drop the pandemic pounds I’d quickly earned.
To get off the couch, I decided I needed a cue from what the company was doing. We needed to maximize the ‘return on effort’.
In the business world, there are many common metrics by which a company’s performance is measured. Common metrics such as ‘ROI’ (return on investment), ‘ROA’ (return on assets) and ‘ROE’ (return on equity) help managers track efficiency. They are well-known, easy to calculate, and highly valuable in evaluating a company’s performance.
The reward for effort is lesser known and harder to measure, but equally important.
The method of quantifying “effort” and “reward” differs from company to company. Our company decided to focus on the length of time a project would take and the tangible impact it would have on our business.
For example, the effort required to create a company podcast proved worth it, as it had a measurable impact on both sales and company culture. I spent hours looking for guests. But the effort paid off well, generating new leads and providing a new creative outlet for our team, and they enjoyed being a part of it.
The key I’ve found is to actively consider the return on effort. In the same way that the financial goal is to achieve the “maximum cost-effectiveness”, we also aim to obtain the “maximum return on effort” in terms of time.
The beauty of return-on-effort is that, unlike traditional performance metrics such as ROI, it can be applied outside of work as well.
So, to get back in shape, we looked at the exercises that would give the most benefit (calories burned) with the least effort (time spent). Effort and high return.
After considering the options, I came to the conclusion that running was the best bet. High effort, but the best return in terms of calories burned per hour.
I don’t like running, but I’m taking it slow, so it’s comforting to know the work will pay off. It took about two months, but I’m finally back to my pre-pandemic weight .
Aiming for a high return on effort, whether business or personal, is worth the effort.
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