What does this have to do with your fitness, health and wellness, or even recreation? Excellent question! To maintain a healthy lifestyle (that includes what I just mentioned above) it's about maintaining balance. With all that seemingly no time, and then sudden and desperately needed downtime it's hard to imagine a balance, but it's vital to supporting a healthy lifestyle and here's how you can begin to do it and how you can be more aware of when you're doing things that take away from it.
I'll admit if you feel like you have no time and are totally busy then taking inventory of what you do every day may cause you to lose about a half hour of your day, probably leading to a little bit less sleep. Your life is about to get so much better though, so lose a little sleep in honour of gaining hours of life back! Do this ideally for a week, if you just can't hack it, at least 2 work days and a day off. Write down every single thing you do and how long it takes: flossed, picked up dry cleaning, and most importantly the things you don't think you need to write down that you also didn't need to do right now: looking for a bookmark you just don't know which category you filed it in and end up cleaning all old bookmarks out of your browser, going to check a private message on facebook and end up checking, liking, commneting and rsvping to all notifications, doing breakfast dishes and wiping up a spill end up cleaning the whole kitchen. I don't know how exactly you do it, but most of us are doing things like this, write them down!
Review what you do every day:
How long are you spending on some things that you know shouldn't be taking you so long?
How much time are you spending on unplanned activities?
Is there anything in there you normally would have done or have to do and should be considering as an average part of a day but for some reason just didn't happen this week?
What's not in there that you really want to be in there and have had no time for? (tip: start with one or a couple of little things, not everything you've wanted to do but couldn't for the past ten years, you'll be able to build on a foundation but set up for fewer challenges and more successes).
Now you have in front of you what you have to do, how long it takes, what you want to do, and how much time you spend wasting and/or on unplanned activities. Now create a schedule of what your day could look like it you replaced wasted time unscheduled time with something(s) you "don't have time for". Plan this for a few days ahead and do your very best to stick to it. If you're having a tough time sticking to it keep taking inventory to see where time is getting lost.
PLAN FOR LATER
You're going to have to clean out your browser bookmarks sometime. I'm not in denial that it will have to get done. But you'll find time magically appears when you don't waste it on unplanned activities, and then you'll be able to set aside time to do just that and all of the other things that were eating up precious time to be REALLY productive before. And you'll CREATE time and feel less stressed about all of the things you've been wanting to do, like finding that recreational time.
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