Anyone else living on fast Forward? I can't believe it's the end of January already! Can you? So when I sent out my survey in December to ask what is holding you back from being the healthiest version of you the majority of you said:
Having No TIME and YOUR SCHEDULE being out of control.
What to do about that?
Schedule less...I know this sounds like a crazy impossible feat that can't happen, but you can do it. Try these 3 tips to keep your week manageable.
1) Just say no! You will have to say no to fun things as well as things you really do not want to commit to at this time. For example, if a friend asks you to coffee and your week is already crazy, you can schedule it for another week in the future. You will be calmer and enjoy yourself more if you aren't running from one thing to the next.
2) Start your mornings slow. I do this just about every day. This will help you to set the tone of your day even if your schedule seems a little crazy. What's my slow start look like? Wake up usually without an alarm between 6-7 am, drink a small glass of water (for an internal shower) while making my pour over coffee, sit and drink said coffee quietly while petting my dogs, then write 3 pages of whatever comes into my head. This is the minimum morning routine that has been happening every day for a while now. It may expand if I have more time. And I will get up a little earlier if I have a morning meeting to fit it in. When that is complete, I continue with the rest of my day... eat, shower, get dressed ect...
3) Create a Model Calendar. You might have heard about this concept if you are a business owner, but it helps for life stuff too. You put in the things that are most important to you first in your calendar. This could be things that make you healthy like workouts, walks, yoga class, and your bedtime. Dinners with your family, time off, and then see what time you have left for all the rest of the things you have to or want to do. Maybe striving to do a little less. Work will always expand into the time you allow and there are always chores to do. (This is constantly evolving for me and don't be surprised if it does the same for you, but paying attention to your calendar this way does help to control it and see where your weaknesses are. I mean what you will bend your rules for even when you don't really want to!
I hope this give you a couple of things to think about as you look at your week. Maybe you can make some adjustments in the weeks ahead to your schedule using these tips.
Let me know if you give it a go.