It should be no surprise that taking care of our health requires a bit of time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not saying that in order to be healthy, a person needs to carve out multiple hours each day to hit the gym, shop for fresh foods, and cook every single meal from scratch (though, wouldn’t it be great if we lived like that?)
What I am saying, however, is that improved health doesn’t simply happen without at least a little time and effort.
And yet, one of the biggest struggles I hear from others when it comes to improving their health is lack of time.
The simple reality is, each of us only has 24 hours in a day. The question becomes, then, how do we start to better manage our time so we can live healthier lives?
Below are 3 of my favorite tricks for making time and prioritizing my health. Give them a try, and you’ll see they work for you, too!
- Learn to say no. It can be difficult saying no, especially if you are a people pleaser like me. Sometimes we want so badly to be helpful to others that we forget to put our own needs first. And sometimes we simply struggle to identify the opportunities that match up with our wants and needs. Whether it’s a request from someone else, or an opportunity you’ve come across on your own, whenever you say yes to one thing, you are saying no to a handful of others. Learning to say no to the things that don’t serve you will open up room in your life for the things that do!
- Take time to get organized. I’ll admit, sometimes this is difficult for me. It’s really tempting to feel like there is so much to do that I can’t possibly spare 10 minutes to create a game plan for the day. But, having a plan in place and visualizing the day before it unfolds works wonders to boost my productivity and allows me to get more done. Try planning out your day the night before, scheduling in your top 1-2 priorities for the day and paying attention to details like transitions from task to task and how much time each task will take.
- Make it chunky. Think peanut butter. Or cookie dough ice cream, when you bite into a big ‘ol chunk of cookie dough, mmmm. The point is, chunks are good. The more you can consolidate and chunk stuff together, the more efficient it will be. Try, for instance, to do all your meal prep (cook meat, slice veggies and fruits, etc) once a week so you don’t have to cook individual meals each night. Chunk together any errands you have to run that are in the same part of town so you don’t have to make multiple trips. Chunk together paying all your bills at once, or checking your email. Chunks save both time and mental energy!
Time is our most precious resource, and health takes an investment of time. As Einstein said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” If we aren’t making changes in the way we manage and spend at least some of our time (i.e. our choices and actions) then we can’t possible expect to see positive changes in our health!
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I’d love to hear from you – do you struggle to find time to take care of your health? Have you found ways to fit in healthy eating and exercise despite a hectic schedule? Leave me a comment and let me know!