“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”
I love this quote, but it isn’t mine. This piece of wisdom came from comedian and actress Lucille Ball.
If you’re skeptical about what she said, think about the busiest person you know and admire for what they accomplish. Have you ever wondered how they can do so much?
I can tell you: Busy people prioritize. They plan and organize their day. They use all their resources, including others they trust to delegate to when they can. They kick it!
When asked most people list “getting healthier” as a top priority in their life. Maybe they want to exercise more, or lose weight, or learn how to handle stress better. But when they take a snapshot of a typical day, many haven’t made the time to workout, plan their meals or find some free time to relax. They ALLOW the things they need to do get healthier to get lost in the shuffle. That’s a shame because living a healthier life is a priority that everyone, even the busiest person, should make time for.
Think about your priorities in life and how you’re spending your time. Maybe you have a partner, or kids, or a consuming job or school schedule that take up a lot of your time. Maybe you have to care for someone who is ill and who needs your care. Maybe your involvement in the community keeps you running around. I agree that all of these are priorities BUT the number one priority is you and your health or you can’t juggle these things nearly as effectively. When you’re not on top of your game physically and mentally, this runaway domino topples the rest. You don’t want this to happen. It’s no good for you and it’s no good for the people who rely on you.
If you ask a busy person – -one who gets a lot done — how to eat an elephant, they tell you, “one slice at time.” Everyday, they break down what they want or need to accomplish into manageable bites, make up a plan as to how they’re absolutely going to fit everything that’s a priority into their day and then get started on their Plan A. Keep this in mind, too: Busy people always have, or can come up, with a Plan B if something throws a wrench into their original plan.
It’s no secret that there is a strong link between planning and organizing when it comes to tackling priorities, including doing what you need to do daily to become healthier. No matter how busy you are, if you make time to plan and organize your day, you’ll accomplish so much more and feel great about it. Make sure you include ‘exercising’ on your daily calendar. Write it in just like you would a dentist’s appointment or the time you have to pick up the kids from school. Don’t let eating healthier be a spur of the moment thing. It’s as important as brushing your teeth or showering daily. Plan your meals as much as you can and shop so you have the right foods in the house. You know what we do when we don’t plan out healthy meals? We end up in the drive-through lane, or throw together a Hamburger Helper meal. There goes our priority!
Every morning, take some time to map out the day ahead of you. Juggle and figure out how you can fit in your priorities. Look back on the day before and see where you could have been more creative with your time. Then get up and go for it!
Lucy also added this to what she said about busy people: “The more things you do, the more you can do.”