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Are 24 Hours Not Enough?
Proper planning makes getting it all done a reality.
By Beth Battaglino Cahill, R.N., Executive Director of HealthyWomen.org
A strong CEO must report to their desk before their employees each day.
You may be reading that statement and asking yourself, “But what does this have to do with weight loss?”
It’s just an old adage or figure of speech my mother once used when raising the six of us. To her it meant ‘always get up before your children.’
But even if you don’t have children, are not employed, or are a mid-level employee at a small corporation, the sentiment stands the same: you must prepare for the day ahead!
Have you ever questioned where the day went or even wished there were more hours to fit in all of your to-dos? What about carving out time for yourself in favor of a little pampering, exercise, or proper eating? A CEO would never enter into a new year without a fiscal plan or arrive at a meeting without an agenda. Why should your life be any different?
Know Your Pitfalls
Knowing the predicted pitfalls of your day and planning ahead will help you stay on track and ahead of the proverbial curve.
- If your mornings are manic, wake up 20-30 minutes earlier than everyone else to let your coffee kick-in and spend a few morning minutes in solitude.
- Check your calendar the night before to find healthy eating opportunities: big lunch with boss? Inspect your fridge for easy-to-prepare eggs as a light dinner; see if salad selections are on hand; or maybe just some cheese and crackers.
- On the road all day? Make sure to stay ahead of hunger with whole grains snacks, portable fruits and plenty of water. Without those nagging hunger pangs you’ll be less likely to stop for fast food conveniences.
- Take time on Sundays to add menus to your evening calendar. If all goes well, set them up for recurrences and you’ll never have to question “what’s for dinner’ again. Think of it as a “Menu Business Plan”!
But no matter how hard we try to get organized and plan ahead, that one extra step can push “us” way down to the bottom of the priority list. Don’t let that happen! We can become so focused in life on taking care of others but – if we don’t take care of ourselves – who will be there to fill our shoes if we’re not?
Sharing is one of the fundamental lessons of life we learn early on; discover how to implement it today in other ways:
- Figure out what isn’t making you happy and farm fifty-percent of the effort out to a loved one or colleaque. Chances are your unique skill sets are different than those who are close to you which means swapping chores and errands might make you both happier!
- Can’t remember the last time you curled up with a good book? Schedule regular events on specific days like those beloved pre-school days when “Show and Tell” Wednesday or “Crazy Sock” Thursday kept you going all week long. Start thinking of Mondays as your day to practice stress relieving yoga at bedtime or lunchtime Fridays as a new opportunity to meet-up with forgotten friends.
- And don’t feel guilty about catching up on exercise or personal fitness during those Saturday morning sporting events. Take a walk around the track or do some sideline stretches instead of watching idley from a folding chair. With one eye on the field, you’ll still be able to spot every goal, touchdown or great play at the base!
Keep in mind when old habits begin to creep up just being a positive role model to those around you will only strengthen everything you do for them behind the scenes…like any successful CEO will do for their shareholders!
How do you manage to fit it all in?