Time Management For A Healthy Lifestyle

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5 Foolproof Tips To Be A Time Management Pro

As a Global Health Coach, I work with my amazing clients to help them find a balance across competing activities in order to accomplish their health goals. Taking on too much or simply not knowing how to manage time efficiently not only results in stress, but it also results in de-prioritizing your health and diet.  Being able to manage time is essential for a healthy body and mind!!

Here are my top Time Management Tips:

1) LEARN TO SAY "NO"

"No" is a complete sentence. Feel empowered to say "no" to tasks/events that don't bring you joy or that you simply don't want to do!  Don't feel like you have to give an excuse or reason. Unless taking responsibility for a specific task is truly important to you, say "no" to things that you feel pressured to do by your boss, friends or family. Instead, focus on activities that you enjoy and that will enhance your health and personal development.  

2) ORGANIZE YOUR TIME BY MAKING REALISTIC WEEKLY SCHEDULES

Plan your schedule before your week starts and make sure all the tasks you include are realistic. Do not strive for perfection, remember that nobody is perfect. Instead, strive for excellence and do not worry about things that you simply cannot handle or control. Make sure to schedule in your work, as well as grocery shopping, laundry, errands, cooking, exercise, relaxation time and SLEEP! Having a realistic and health-promoting schedule each week gives you a blueprint to follow each day in order to keep focused and stay on track.

3) CREATE A DAILY "TO-DO" LIST AND PRIORITIZE ITEMS

Each morning take 5 minutes to create this list and note which items are the most important and time sensitive and which ones you can put off for later. You can do this by color coding, for example "red" needs to get done right away, "orange" is next, and "yellow" is last. 

After completing each task, be sure to cross it off the list. This will keep you motivated and feeling accomplished.  Also, there is tremendous power and gratification in crossing something off your "To-Do" list!

There are certain tasks and errands that you can combine for more time efficiency. Examples include:

  • When making a meal, make more than one serving. Eat one serving now and save the rest for later. That way, you won't have to spend time cooking more than once a day. 

  • When planning your day, determine what errands you have to run. Then see if you can get all these errands done in one trip.

4) ELIMINATE TIME-WASTING ACTIVITIES & BEAT PROCRASTINATION

Limit the time you spend watching TV or surfing the internet. For my clients, I encourage them to finish an important task first and then do something to reward themselves. Try to work in intervals: work for 60-90 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. It is so easy for minutes/hours to pass while scrolling through your social media feeds so I always have my clients set a timer for 10 minutes to ensure they know when to stop. 

5) WEAR A WATCH

This is an obvious and extremely important tip!! Having the ability to keep track of your time is the KEY to being a time management pro. I recommend keeping a time log. How much time do you actually spend on accomplishing important tasks? How much time do you spend on time wasting activities? Once you figure out that ratio, try to change your habits to match a more productive – and therefore less stressful – lifestyle. 

I used to never wear a watch. They were too heavy, bulky and uncomfortable on my wrist. Instead I used my cell phone to keep track of time, but that started becoming a major pain (always digging into my purse trying to find my phone, my phone battery dying all the time, or worst of all getting distracted by new texts/notifications on my phone when I was trying to focus on getting something done). As a result, I made it my mission to find a watch that worked for me. Luckily, I discovered JORD Watches!!   

JORD Watches are made with wooden bands for comfort. They are extremely light weight and I love the look and feel of them. JORD's unique watches have a casual look yet they are very classy. My favorite is the Cassia series, I have the Olive and Aegean one, and to say I am obsessed would be an understatement (Click here to get my watch)! They have tons of options with different types of wood so that you can find the look perfect for you. You can also get your watch engraved to add some personal touch!  The packaging the watches come in is stunning, and you also get a cloth to take care of your watch! 

Since I'm am so obsessed with my new watch, I want all of you to have an opportunity to have one as well and be a TIME MANAGEMENT PRO!  Click here to enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop on the JORD website. All you have to do is fill out your name and email. You also get a 10% off code just for entering the giveaway! The last day to enter the giveaway is 2/11 so don't delay!!  Make sure to check them out! They have ladies watches and men’s watches, either would be a perfect gift for your significant other for Valentine’s Day which is less than two weeks away! 

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Karissa Long