Time for a little admission here... I tend to feel a little busier than I would like to be from time to time. My days tend to start earlier than I would like and tend to end later. Between taking care of a new practice, helping to raise my three beautiful daughters, spending time with Dr. Carol, and still finding time to take care of myself, I would say that I am a pretty busy guy. However, after reflecting back on my week I realized that I still find time to waste on social media (although I tell myself that it is for the practice), television, and reading useless garbage. What if I was able to use that "wasted" time to my advantage and focus on the things that matter? What if we used some of that time to do the exercises that I showed you on your last visit to the office...
I stumbled across a good article in The Wall Street Journal that talked about this very topic. The article suggests that we often like to feel busy because it makes us "feel important." That feeling of importance is often connected to our self-worth, for better or worse, so when we feel busier our self-esteem and self-worth seems to rise. Here are some tips from the article that I thought were worth the time to read.
- Keep a time log
- Like a food journal, you want to track the ways in which you spend your time.
- Be honest
- Look at your time and how you spent it in the journal, then determine which things you would like to find more time for and which things that you would like to get rid of. And do it!
- Words Matter (This is my favorite)
- Change the words that you use. Instead of saying "I don't have time" start saying "It is not a priority to me." Is it easier to day "I don't have time to exercise" or to say "Exercise is not a priority for me." Seems to me that sitting on the couch, watching TV should be less of a priority...
If you would like to read the article from the Wall Street Journal click on this image.Think about this for a minute...There is 168 hours in a week. This is a fact. Know that you have a choice in how you spend that time. Choose wisely.
Movement is my Medicine,