Welcome back to my breakdown of my Healthy Living Alphabet
Who here wishes they had a few extra hours per day? *raises hand and waves*. We all have the same 24 hours but it seems like it’s just not enough for most of us. Between work, kids, house work, meal planning, working out and generally trying to keep my heads on straight, it’s a wonder I get anything accomplished some days. There have been many times that I have been so overwhelmed with lists of things that need to be done that I get nothing done because I’m so stressed out about what to do first that I end up doing nothing but lying on the floor in the fetal position weeping softly to myself.
So what’s a girl to do?
Through much trial and error, I have found that the best and most effective use of my time is to schedule it, sometimes down to the minute. That includes my workouts. I know what I need and want to accomplish in my week, the key is to make sure that my to do list becomes my to-done list. I will block off a small chunk of my day that is devoted to getting my sweat on. During that time, I do only that and forget about the rest of the world around me.
Some may think that’s not an effective use of my time. After all if I have projects due, clients waiting and a house that looks like the apocalypse touched down directly, I should be focusing on that and squeezing in a workout only if I have time after all that is done.
Here’s the reality in my little world: I function soooooooo much better after a workout. Spending an hour sweating wakes me up, perks me up, lifts my spirits and drains away the moments that have stressed me out. I’m remarkably productive.
Naturally, like anything in life, the unexpected comes up that derails my plans. It happens but not often enough that I don’t get done in my day, what I need to.
I recognize that I can’t do it all, much as I wish I could. But I have found that scheduling my day helps me prioritize and maintain what’s left of my mental sanity.