My step daughter was away for a week with her Dad in a recent half term.

Whilst she was away, her mum got her room immaculate.

Within 36 hours of her return, it was an absolute tip again.

Seemingly everything she’d encountered in any way strewn across the bed and floor.

I genuinely couldn’t believe how quickly it had become a mess.

I must admit, I’ve only become relatively tidy these last 10 years or so.

I was never as untidy as she is, but I’m not going to pretend my room has always been absolutely immaculate.

The biggest realisation that I’ve made with regard to being tidy is………

That it’s easier to keep on top of it………

Than it is to have to do a big tidy periodically.

That putting things back in the right place might take an extra second or two………

But putting it back in the wrong place several times creates a disproportionate amount of work.

Putting things straight in the dishwasher or hand washing them as soon as you use them is a barely noticeable use of time.

Filling the dishwasher off the side is a right faff.

Putting things in a place that you’ll know they’ll be later on takes no more or less time than putting them somewhere random………

And saves time and frustration in trying to find them when you need them.

Keeping up with tidiness is easier than catching up with it.

As is the case with most things in our life.

Maintaining our current weight is easier than gaining then having to lose excess weight.

Maintaining our fitness is easier than having to regain it.

Maintaining our health is easier than having to improve it.

The issue, often, is that maintenance isn’t very sexy.

Hard to get particularly enthused by.

It can be tempting to think that, when maintenance is all we could achieve, to “leave it” and “start again” next week.

But, that’s worth questioning.

Forward progress is great, sure (and we’re very good at helping with that –> .

But standing still has huge value.

Alternating periods of maintenance and progression will add up to more results than progression and regression.

Keeping up is easier than catching up.

Much love,

Jon ‘nie uppie’ Hall


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.