Going to the gym with no plan is a terrible idea.. you instantly hinder your potential progress by not having a well thought out exercise routine. Having a solid plan means you arrive knowing exactly what you should be doing which makes your workout far more productive.
Scheduling workouts is essential to ensuring you stay on top of them. Rather than just going to the gym when you can fit it into your day, instead set a specific time and write it in your diary, perhaps schedule a workout with a friend to ensure you stay accountable. The action of scheduling a workout at a specific time makes it much more likely that you’ll exercise on that day, you should treat your scheduled workout as an appointment like any other.
Timing your recovery periods between sets is an essential component to ensuring you maintain focus during your workouts. It means you are less likely to be distracted between sets and ensures that your workouts are as productive as they can be. Resting too long between sets can lead to distractions and ultimately derail your workout progress. Use a stopwatch to time your recovery periods and not just the clock in the gym.
Most importantly, enjoy what you do! There is no point making yourself miserable.. there are so many different forms of exercise to choose from, there is no reason to be a slave to your workout and do something that you don’t enjoy. Your goal should be to follow a workout routine that is both fun and rewarding. You should not view training as punishment or something you must endure – you’ll never make it a habit with that kind of mindset.