Time is arguably our most valuable asset and least renewable resource.
What you do with your time is critical. One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Heartsill Wilson. “What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” In fact we have this hanging on the wall in our gym:
What you choose to do today should be in alignment with your values and priorities. I am willing to bet that scrolling for hours on social media is not in alignment with any of your values or priorities, unless you are a social media-ologist, I suppose.
If you want to be healthier, then today you have to DO something healthier:
Skip the fries and have fruit.
Go for a walk when you feel stressed.
Organize your to-do list and immediately eliminate the things that are neither important nor urgent.
Drink that extra bottle of water.
Choose grilled meats instead of fried.
Another way to be healthier is to PLAN for it. Map out your ideal week:
-Make physical activity as important as a business meeting – schedule it and don’t cancel on yourself! Pick the time of day that is least likely to be interrupted. Many people thrive on a dark-thirty workout even when they thought they’d never be able to wake up that early. In my professional experience, the later the workout, the more likely it gets cancelled.
-Plan your family time! Sounds kinda silly, but we schedule social events with our friends but rarely do we do that with our closest loved ones. Mental health is important to physical health, and close family ties are valuable and somewhat irreplaceable.
-When will you food prep? Or will you buy pre-prepped meals? There is no right or wrong here. Just choose the path that works best for you. Sometimes a little from column A and a little from column B is a perfect fit.
-Talk with your loved ones about your plan. They can help you stick with it and you could also discover and thus avoid potential conflicts! This is easily done around the dinner table. Talk about what’s coming up tomorrow & the next few days for each person. Make sure everyone’s priorities get supported in the best way that suits the family.
-Speaking of talking with your family, try out this free course on how to build deeper relationships from BestSelf. In ten minutes a day for 5 days you create vulnerability and trust in the relationships that you value most!
No matter how you choose to spend your hours, keep your ultimate goals in mind. When you find yourself spending time on an activity that doesn’t fit your values or priorities, then stop right away and switch gears. We are all going to slip up time to time, but don’t let it define your routine habits.