It can be exhausting to be a slave to the clock while juggling numerous obligations such as family, work, training, grocery shopping, and appointments is exhausting.
All too often, we don't ask for help, take on too many tasks, and deplete our physical, mental and emotional energy.
Great news: You don't have to do everything. Instead, focus on your priorities and delegate the rest of your tasks. All it takes is a priority-savvy mindset and the willingness to be flexible.
To start, be honest with yourself about your schedule and your time. Take a look at the last week on your calendar and write out where you spent your time; include your priorities, the tasks you thought you needed to handle but could have delegated, and where you may have wasted time.
Could you have delegated chores to other family members, hired a gardener or cleaning professional, or simply said "No" to things you didn't have time for?
Did you schedule "me time" and then cancel it to complete other tasks? Why were you the first thing to get the boot?
Did you have adequate quality rest time? What changes could you have made to give yourself more time to relax? Making yourself a priority is important in order to balance your calendar and your obligations.
Karrie K. is a busy mom and business owner. She has lost 75 pounds in the Mind Body Fit Club and has become so inspired by the fitness lifestyle that she's currently training for her first half Ironman. Learning strategic ways to create balance in her schedule has been a big part of her success. Karrie has incorporated lifestyle changes such as keeping her running shoes and gear packed in the car for a run at lunchtime, and readjusting her work schedule so her mornings are free for training sessions. She has learned to balance her time between family, work and training.
When you're training for an event or working towards a goal, you can become so transfixed on the result that you forget to create a balance.
Enjoy the moment and stay present. Give yourself time to acknowledge your progress and be grateful for how far you've come. "In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being," says Eckhart Tolle, an author best known for his book The Power of Now.
Take a moment to try this now. Close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Focus on something positive you've gained as a result of your fitness efforts. There may be a few things that come to mind but pick just one. Allow yourself a few minutes to sit quietly and appreciate this gift. Acknowledge the sacrifices you've made, your hard work, and the challenges you've overcome. Before you open your eyes, take a moment to be thankful for this gift and this moment. Return to your present state with a renewed spirit and positive attitude.
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