Podcast: Play in new window | Download
There are 4 words fat Loves to hear…
I. Don’t. Have. Time.
No time for meal planning and exercise means more time for fat. In todays show I’m weighing-in on: Why Your NOT To Do List Comes First.
If you want to eradicate the I Don’t Have Time excuse – because let’s get clear we all have to same time to play with so it IS an excuse – then rather than getting good at managing time it’s more a matter of managing you.
Of FIRST, Deciding what the core big rocks are in your day… the foundations you must prioritise to be happy and healthy and financially secure.
And SECOND, Deciding what small pebbles are currently scattered through-out your day… those unimportant perhaps easy yet low value things that have become habits you fall to on auto-pilot that need to be relegated to your not to do list.
Those big rocks are easy to decide right?
Perhaps: the hours you work, the time you spend with your loved ones, the time you commit to the hobby or education or a new skill you are super passionate about… hopefully the time you block out for exercise and meal planning.
The thing is perhaps you agree with me in theory that regular exercise and meal planning deserves to get time each and every week. You recognise that you don’t get the enjoy the results without consistently taking the actions.
However, if you haven’t yet made a conscious commitment to your not to do list then you’re fighting a losing battle.
Opportunity cost is going to jump in your way each week.
Whenever you say YES to something, by default you will be saying NO to something else. The question is what opportunities are you taking and what opportunities are you missing?
=> Is YES to Facebook meaning NO to a lunch time work-out?
=> Is YES to evening TV resulting in NO to 8 hours sleep?
=> Is YES to Sunday afternoon drinks leading to NO to starting the week fresh?
If you don’t know where to start with your not to do list I have 3 choices for you:
The A choice: is to track how you spend the next 24 hours. In increments as small as you can manage perhaps 15 minute blocks.
Yes, it’ll take a little time today however it’ll allow you to be more efficient and effective in day after day to come.
Your Not To Do List will help you say YES to the things that will bring you closer to your goal health. By guiding you to say NO to the things that sap your time, your energy, your life.
The B choice: is a little time growing technique called Stop, Start, Continue.
You’ve already completed the CONTINUE component. That’s where you decide on 3 big rocks in your day that need to take priority and be continued.
Next it’s time to think of 3 things to START doing to grow some time. Perhaps task batching. Maybe online food shopping.
Finally it’s Not To Do List time via the 3 things to STOP doing to grow some time. Maybe checking email first thing. Perhaps staying up so late you sleep through those potentially ultra effective distraction free early morning hours.
Or your final and still awesome chance to make this actionable, is The C choice: What is one thing you could say NO to today that would buy you some extra meal planning or exercise time. Even 20 minutes counts.
I’d love to hear what’s getting relegated to your not to do list? Please share the not to do love via the comments below.
If you liked this you’ll also like: Overwhelmed By Your to do List?
If you’re yet to share the Healthification love – just click here to zip over to iTunes and leave an honest rating and review. It’d help me out big time. With gratitude, Kate.