In the last three weeks I have spent over 35 hours on a plane, 10 more hours in layover time and over 84 hours in a classroom. I have slept in 5 different beds, been to three different beaches, met more than 400 people, started reading three new books and passed about 20 levels on candy crush!
Things I haven’t done: meditated every day, drunk enough water, eaten my daily 2 fruit and 5 vegetables, exercised, called my mum.
It’s easy to give up our basic life necessities when we are distracted with busy schedules and shiny opportunities. But it’s important to realise that without mental, physical and spiritual well-being, the excitement will be relatively short-lived.
“But how do I balance everything all at once”
A new but very important friend of mine sent me an e-mail where she said …
‘The habit often outweighs the effort. 5 minutes of work like push ups and reading is better than saying you have no time and avoiding all together.”
Set aside 30 minutes of everyday for yourself. This may mean saying no to people at times, or cutting lunch short, or waking up a little bit earlier but ‘the habit is often outweighs the effort‘. You can change the ratio to suit your own life, but to begin with schedule those 30 minutes using a 5:10:5:10 ratio;
5 minutes to fill up your water bottle and visualise your (healthy) meals
10 minutes to show gratitude to loved ones
5 minutes to write down your goals for the day (or following day)
10 minutes to walk/run/do star jumps (this really is the bare minimum, you should be exercising 30 mins+ daily when possible * * *).
“Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (e.g. brisk walking) on most (preferably all) days of the week confers important health benefits for all individuals, regardless of body weight and shape. For people who sit less than 4–5 hours/day, this may be enough to prevent weight gain.”
On top of this, use your natural alone time to meditate and be mindful: see my ‘Meditation in the 21st Century‘ blog for more information. This could be in the shower, on the toilet, in your coffee break, during your daily exercise or whenever.
Cheat Sheet for Busy People
30 minute ‘me’ time:
2.5 min- fill up water bottle
2.5 min- visualise meals
10 min- call/message someone you love
5 min- write goals down
10 min- walk/run/skip
any min- meditate in the shower/during run/in the car
The more you practice habits, the more you’ll notice structure in your life and all the advantages that come with those habits.
Other habits I’ve found to benefit my happiness and well-being
– Body Scans: can be useful in falling asleep and are also a form of meditation
– Stretching: increases concentration and coordination, improves sleep and flexibility, boosts self esteem and promotes overall physical and mental wellbeing: it can take place in your bedroom, at your desk, during your wait at the train station, and most places you spend your time.
– Planning your day: increases productivity and will save you time in the long run
What are your routines, what is important in your life?
Find a way to bring them into your day and don’t be scared to change your schedule to better benefit these goals.
I wish you success in your everyday and I would love to hear your stories!