“I don’t have time”. I get it. Life is busy! I have no doubt that you think you don’t have time to exercise, cook, prepare, and all of the other activities that are required to take care of your health. However, I know you do. Lack of time is the number one excuse; so don’t feel like you are alone. It may be that you don’t use your time wisely or you simply don’t make you a priority. There is no time like the present to check in with your sense of time and your attitude about health.
Using your time wisely. This includes working smarter by getting organized. How many times do you get distracted whether at work or at home? If you had a checklist of today’s tasks, prioritized them, set a timeframe in which to get them done, delegated work appropriately, and check them off as you go could you save time? What if you closed your door on occasion? Only checked emails once per hour? Didn’t accept calls while in the middle of a project? Heading into your day unorganized is a big waste of time. Maybe you’ve tried all of this before and think it doesn’t work, but it takes practice. Try it again. And again. Until you have time working in your favor.
Time that you didn’t realize you had. Everyone has downtime; however, they may not recognize it because it has become the norm. If you packed the kids lunches at night would you have 20 minutes in the morning to exercise? Instead of surfing Facebook while waiting in the doctor's office could you make a grocery list? While Johnny is at soccer practice could you do laps around the field? Instead of driving somewhere for an expensive lunch could you pack a healthy lunch and use your excess time to go for a run? Where else might you have downtime? How much time do you spend watching TV, playing video games, interacting with social media? Would that time total 30 minutes? Well, there’s the time you’ve been looking for. Use a magnifying glass to analyze your day and recognize where your time is hiding.
Change your attitude. Are you a hater? Do you act like you are perfectly happy with your health even though you secretly wish you were training for the corporate 5K? You are not fooling anyone. We see right through you. The first step is changing your mindset. Being healthy is cool. Healthy people see the world from a different perspective. They have more fun, have more vigor for life, and are more adventurous. You can have this too, but first you have to believe it. Once you admit that you are unhappy with your current state of health, you can become a lover not a hater. It is time to change your attitude from “there is nothing wrong with me” to “I can and will do this”. Start hanging out with the cool kids. Once they know you are on board, they will help motivate you all the way to that 5K.
Reset your life. There is that occasional person that I come across who simply over extends themselves, doesn’t know how to say “no”, and quite frankly never make their own health a priority. If this is you, it is time for a reset. You can’t go on like this forever. I can assure you of one thing. No one in your life expects you to forgo your own health and happiness to do something for him or her. Taking care of everyone and everything else while ignoring your own health does not make you a saint. As a matter of fact, it is setting a poor example to those around you. Take, for instance, your kids and family. Are you teaching your kids that taking care of you isn’t important? Is that how you want them to treat themselves when they are adults? I believe this quote tells it all. “The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, 'If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.' Now, I say, 'I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me’.” - Jim Rohn
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