It wasn’t till I realized there are 168 hours in a week that I understood people make excuses for what they can or can’t do. I would ask my executive clients, “You mean to tell me out of 168 hours of the week you can’t take two hours for yourself?” I would hear, “since you put it that way, maybe I can…” At that point, time becomes a matter of priority and management, as opposed to a rigid prison sentence. I’ve met people who seemed to be so busy they don’t have time to say good morning. It’s definitely a privilege in today’s financial climate to have a job but I wonder if the goal is to be busy? Is the American dream to be so busy that we don’t have time for ourselves? How did we let everyone and everything take precedence over our own health and vitality? I know—CHOICE!
No matter how you cut it, you were given time and you choose how to divide it. Whether you choose to have minimal sleep, poor eating habits, or a stressful occupation, YOU choose it. You are not a slave to your responsibilities however you can be a slave to your choices. The world will not implode if you decide to take a half hour to an hour a day for yourself. Lack of sleep alone will eventually break the body down and its functions, forcing you to sleep in a hospital. And guess what? The world will go on without you. We need to let go of the notion that if we take care of ourselves that nothing will work out. To the contrary, if we take care of ourselves, we can take care of others more efficiently. It’s like the airline instructions given in case of an emergency. They tell the adults to put the mask on themselves first for oxygen, then the children. Why? Reason is if the child receives the oxygen first, more then likely the adult will not be able to help them, ultimately forfeiting both their lives. This is not an appeal to forsake your loved ones to care for yourself, but rather it’s advice to take care of yourself to be able to help others. You turn out to be a better asset to your company if you are operating at 100 percent working less hours than 50 percent working more hours. Being busy does not mean being efficient. It’s the difference between doing cardio for an hour to burn calories up to two hours after, and doing resistance training for an hour to burn calories up to 24 hours after. Resistance training is more efficient for weight loss. So you can be busy doing more work, or be efficient doing less work and getting better results. Choose to eat healthier, so you can sleep better. Choose to take the stairs, so you can become stronger. You’ll find yourself spending less effort to do difficult tasks, which will save you more time to do more things for yourself!
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