What do you think is the number one response I receive when I ask why exercise is hard to do?
Yep…90% of people say, I just don’t have time. What if I told you that it’s not about having time, it’s about making time. Our lives are filled with so many obligations: jobs, deadlines, spouses, kids, and the list can go on and on. We give so much of ourselves to other people and things that we often have no energy left for ourselves. We exhaust all of our energy making others happy, while we are miserable. I read a quote that said,
“It’s not your job to be everything to everyone.”
The main reason you should prioritize time is because life is short, which makes time valuable. It’s also important because you need time for YOU. It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary. Make time to exercise. Make time to read. Make time to enjoy the things you love. Here are four tips I use in my life and I pray could help you prioritize your time:
Write A List
When you have a lot on your plate, you first must realize that you can’t do it all. Before going to bed at night, write about four or five goals that you want to accomplish the next day. When the day arrives, focus on those goals only. This gives you a clear mind and direction for your day.
Learn To Say “NO”
If you’re really serious about redeeming your time, you can’t continue your cycle of investing in everyone and everything. “NO” isn’t always easy to say, but it’s definitely effective towards your health.
Wake Up Early
I wake up around 2 a.m. every weekday morning (I’m not suggesting you wake up that early) to get my day started. During this time, I have a devotion. I listen to motivational speeches and check my list to see what my goals are for the day. If you wake up just in time to get ready for work, your day has already started in a “hustle” direction.
Now I know you didn’t think your fitness coach wasn’t going to talk about exercise. How does exercise help you prioritize your time? I’m glad you asked. When you exercise, especially in the morning, it gives you strength and boosts your endurance to accomplish your goals for the day. You may be tired during your workout program, but the results lead to a positive attitude towards your day.
Once again, you owe it to yourself to put YOU first. Be blessed!