It doesn’t seem to matter what time of year it is, there always seems to be “something” going on. Valentine’s Day, family vacation, assignments, work, birthday parties, the list could go on. It can sometimes feel overwhelming and these life events can (and often do!) get in the way of our nutrition and fitness goals.
That’s where we, here at Aspire, come in to help you with our great time-saving tips to ensure that you are able to stay on track with meeting your goals. You may wonder why you should bother reading on. I myself am a very busy person and find these tools useful for helping me maintain a focus on what is most important to me while also meeting the demands of all aspects of my life:
- Do fewer things, but do those things better. Take a look at your schedule, prioritize what needs to be done and make those 3 or 4 things your priority. Here at Aspire, our motto is work smarter, not harder. Make sure that you are focusing on what is most important and what is going to bring you closer to your goals.
- Share the responsibility. Are you a busy mom of teenagers and feel guilty leaving the house a mess to go work out? Ask your kids to pick up the broom, wash the dishes or contribute to the household in another meaningful way. Not only are you freeing up time to focus on you (and this is important!), but you’re also teaching your kids valuable life lessons about responsibility and supporting family.
- Create a (somewhat) strict plan for your day. We get it, you love your job. Your boss is demanding. There is always more to do. However, if you spend too much time behind your desk and not enough time doing what you love, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed and unhappy. By setting strict parameters on your daily schedule, you’ll be able to accomplish your goals and still have some time at the end of the day for you.
- Do the most important things first. Take a look at your to-do list and decide what is most important. Grocery shopping to meet your nutritional goals? Working out? Put those things as the number one items on your list and get them done first. The other items on the list will get done if, and when, you have time.
- Avoid wasted time. While we all enjoy catching up with co-workers or chatting with friends at the gym, we need to think about how those conversations are contributing to our days. Are they spend commiserating or complaining? Are they causing you to feel stressed out or frustrated? Are they taking time away from your intended goals? Re-evaluate and find a way to still interact positively with those around you without wasting your time.
- Teach yourself to say “NO!”. This might be the most difficult one to take on. You’re a people pleaser, a multi-tasker, a Jill-of-all-trades. Your co-workers, friends and family know that you’re the go to person when something needs to be done. It can be difficult to say no when someone asks for our help, but you need to put your health, fitness and mental health ahead of everything else. It’ll take some practice, but only say yes when you know it’s going to be something that can easily fit into your schedule rather than something that will take away from your goals.