Well hello everyone! It has been awhile. It has been crazy busy around here lately! Like many of you, I have had to make some choices on how to manage time to get through the busyness. I wanted to share some tips that have helped me get through it all:
- Prioritize– As much as we don’t like to admit it….we can’t do it all. There simply is not enough time in the day to do everything. We have to learn how to prioritize what is essential to our professional and personal existence. For me my family, friends, clients and fitness took priority. Things like social media, marketing, outreach and some other administrative things went to the back burner. A big reason why it has been so long since my last blog! I picked the things that were necessary for my business, my health and my family first
- Control the things you can control- When we get busy we tend to feel like we lose control because there are so many moving parts. Sometimes, there are things that we can’t control. 14 hour work days, busy weekend schedules, family obligations, etc. are things we can’t control. However, a big thing I could control was my nutrition. I would prepare foods for the week on Sunday, I would only buy healthy foods when I grocery shopped, I made smart choices at restaurants. When people get busy they tend to eat poorly and thus gain weight. When there is no time to workout or the workouts aren’t as long or as intense because of our schedule we can combat this with the quantity and quality of the food we consume. Also, making choices through the day to move….. get up from the desk and walk around, parking farther away, taking the dog for a walk, setting aside time (no matter how little) to do purposeful exercise, and making active activities a part of your social gatherings all help.
- Sleep– Getting the proper amount of sleep is huge in recovery, rejuvenation, and stress management. This is the time that our body repairs itself. This is the time that the body replenishes itself. Without it, alertness/cognitive function will suffer, energy will be low, fitness progress will be stalled and the risk of getting sick increases drastically. Everybody requires a different amount of sleep. A couple of ways that you can tell if you are not getting enough sleep is if you require an alarm to wake up, you have a hard time getting out of bed when you do wake up, you are sleepy through the day or if you fall right to sleep when you do go to bed. A majority of people do not get enough sleep at night and that is one of the most important aspects of your life where you literally make yourself better without doing anything!
- Take your moments- When we get busy we tend not to take time to “smell the roses”. We move from one task to the next, rarely enjoying the process because we have so much to conquer. From a mental, physical and spiritual standpoint it is necessary to take a moment and appreciate the people and things around us. Whether it is in the morning sipping on some coffee or as you lay in bed ready to fall asleep, take time to reflect and appreciate what you are doing. It makes those hectic times worth it!
These tips have helped me in the past and will continue to help me. I hope they do the same for you. Now that I have resumed a more “normal” schedule I look forward to sharing more blogs with you!