1 day. 24 hours. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. That’s the time you have. And you have the exact same amount of it as Beyonce. So what are you going to do? You gonna run the world? Or sit on the couch? It’s not really ever a question of time; it’s a question of priority. With the holidays here and the cold weather coming in, it’s easy to let go of your fitness goals, easy to let life just drift by without taking full advantage of every single one of those 86,400 seconds.
This past weekend, I stretched myself very thin. I was constantly running around or working on a project. Let me illustrate. Earlier in the week my laptop died. Everyone can relate….panic ensues right? Well, Friday I finally had time to sit and work on getting my files off the hard drive. However, I had a business call at 7pm and told some buddies I would meet them, after my call. As I left work, I remembered I had to get some groceries. After the groceries I realized I forgot to get my dry cleaning (which included a suit I needed for an event Saturday). So here I am, pulling my hair out because it’s 6:30pm, I have no suit, the hard drive just gave me an error message, I have a phone call and am meeting some friends in 30 minutes and then later I am picking up the girlfriend from the airport. I felt like a sloth, just trying to peel myself off the couch.
No one would have blamed me. I could have moved the call. Bailed on my friends. Spent the evening working on my computer. Where was all the time? Where was I gonna find the time to do everything I needed to do? Saturday, I had to go to the gym, pick up the dry cleaning, meet family for brunch, help set up for a fundraiser, then go to the fundraiser. How does everything get done? I could have bailed on setting up, shown up late to the event, etc. (BTW, the event was awesome, and I was the winning bid on this awesome 9 liter bottle of Piraat!)
So how does it all get done? Priorities. If you say you don’t have time to do something, it really means you have something else that you want to make a priority. Had I moved the phone call or bailed on my friends, I was putting my hard drive ahead of them. Had I bailed on helping set up the fundraiser, I was making relaxation a priority.
An important note: making one thing a priority over another is neither good nor bad. Morality has nothing to do with it. I mean, if we all want more time, just sacrifice sleep. Never sleep again! Haha, of course not! We have to prioritize our physical and mental health.
This starts with being straight with yourself. If you catch yourself saying, “I don’t have time” stop and say, “I’m not making that a priority.” It will start putting things in perspective. Don’t get down on yourself if you sleep in instead of hitting the gym. Acknowledge you made sleep a priority and re-adjust tomorrow. If you want to spend all day Sunday watching football instead of working on that presentation, that’s ok. Just acknowledge that you made football the priority…I know I do 😉
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