Pursuing a balanced life is not easy. It never is. We would always have the excuse that it is impossible to “find” time to do the all things that are important to our well-being: spending more time with the kids, exercising, eating the right food, relaxing, dating the hubby, etc. There are so many urgent things to do: meet work deadlines, pay the bills, run errands, and the list goes on and on. In the article Why Busy Executives Should Make Time to Exercise, I argued that similar to scheduling your appointments with a doctor or setting meetings with your staff, you should “make”, as opposed to “find”, time for doing the things that matter.
So, how do you make time for things that matter?
- Set your objectives/goals. Learn how to prioritize. What, indeed, are the things that matter most to you? Family, health, work, vacation, exercise, yoga practice?
- Plan. Plan. Plan. According to the author of The Little Prince, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Being prepared is one of the key secrets to success. When asked for an advice, my mentor simply said “always be prepared”. Sustaining a daily yoga practice likewise doesn’t happen by accident. It requires thoughtful planning. Personally, I like scheduling my activities in my planner. When taking exams, for example, I will review the list of subjects covered and make a schedule on when to read, review and practice exam questions. Being a visual person, I would write them all down and start a visual countdown until testing date (30 more days to go!). Similarly, with my yoga practice, I would plan a week ahead, scheduling classes (whether actual or online) that would focus on areas I need (hips, back, core, arms?). Of course, each day may bring different needs and I would adjust accordingly. Uncle Ben (Franklin) himself said that “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
- Commit. Commitment is critical to ensure success and sustainability. Take it from Peter Drucker, “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
- Just Do It. Nike said it all.
What do you think? Do you have something to add to the above list?
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