I came across this awesome video my friend posted on Facebook called 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
If you have eight minutes to spare, it might be the best thing you could ever watch for your health. It’s something that seems pretty obvious, but coming from a doctor who 1) didn’t have to give you this information and 2) presenting it to you with factual numbers it’s difficult to argue against the benefits of even moderate exercise.
I personally hate it when my friends and family tell me that they’re too busy to make time for themselves. It’s exercise. It’s not a chore. It’s something your body was built to do. By fighting nature you’re just creating an uphill battle for yourselves. You spend eight or so hours a day sleeping, and most of the time, you’re really just sitting and spinning your wheels anyways. Would thirty minutes a day really make or break your career or your family time? I would argue that it would probably increase the quality of time spent at work or with your family. I mean, if you can’t spare half an hour for yourself, what you’re really telling me is that you can’t take the basic steps to take care of your own personal business…which then leads me to believe that you can’t really take care of anyone else’s business — work or personal — since you are clearly unable to manage your time. (Harsh, but true.)
Is half an hour still too difficult for you? What’d you think of the video?
Every once in awhile I find myself back at where I started…albeit I’m usually in a better position, but still, nonetheless, back at where I started.
As some of you may know, when I began my running back in February, I was running my own design and marketing business. Since then I’ve had a few clients and took on a full-time job and thus giving up grad school and my businesses. Unfortunately with startup life comes a lot of risk-taking, and I had confidence that things would work out. Unfortunately they aren’t and now I find myself a teensy bit more vulnerable than I’d like. This has resulted in a few choice words and snide remarks at people who are trying to help — here’s looking at you, Shant — but also just generally being a bit more humble and conservative than usual.
Every so often we get on our high horse — whether it’s in our heads or publicly — but it’s important to know that what goes up must come down. While I have a pretty clear definitive plan on my next steps, they are still scary nonetheless.
My plans include:
Wrapping up my graduate degree at Golden Gate University. I have about a year left of full-time study before getting my masters.
Taking my ACE Fitness studying more seriously. If health and wellness is something I am serious about switching into, I really need to know the material and get my act together.
Hunting down part-time/contractor opportunities. I want to be as focused as possible on studying so that when it comes time to flip the switch again — go from student to worker — I can do so with a clear mind and a sharpened toolset.
Looking at new places to live. I really love my little apartment and neighborhood but I wonder if there isn’t a better spot that’s better suited for me. There are a few places close by that are cheaper but larger, but I’ll have to do a cost/benefit analysis to figure out if it’s worth considering.
Get my money ducks in line. A little easier said than done since I hate thinking about money but apparently it’s a necessary evil at this stage in my life.
Seriously train for my 70.3. I’m going to put together a training calendar, based on the aggregate of what’s available online, and use my personal training studying to my advantage. If I begin this month that’ll give me 11 months — nearly 40+ weeks — to get half-Ironman ready.
Continue fundraising for Dress for Success. I’ve let that go to the wayside a bit since I’ve been busy with the full-time job but now’s a great time to pick that pack up!
Build great content for my ‘Ironwoman in Training’ blog. I’d love to continue writing posts, but I’d like to invite guest bloggers, host live video chats, and just get more involved in the running community online.
I’m trying not to get too down on myself. These last few months I’ve certainly learned a lot about time management and have taken great leaps and strides in my professional career. I’m sure some of you are also underemployed/unemployed/funemployed. How are you all holding up? Have you been able to make more time for fitness and exercise? How does unemployment effect your health and wellness?
Time is surreal. It’s a manmade concoction with which we rule our lives. Some people say time is money, time is life, life is money. Some people never have enough time to finish a project, pursue their dreams, or spend with their loved ones. I say that if you don’t have enough time in your life, it’s your duty to make it.
Making time is probably easier said than done. (Remember, this is coming from someone with infinite lists of timelines and to-dos, so I completely sympathize.) Although you can’t physically make “more life,” “more daylight hours” or “additional hours of the day” what you can do is budget the time you’ve been given and manage that to achieve your goals. (Remember, time is relative and only holds as much clout as you give it.)
For instance, I could probably stand to budget 2 hours every Sunday to go to the Buddhist meditation center. I haven’t done that lately — for almost two months! — but I know that those are the best spent 2 hours of every week I could spend. I know that if I make the time to spend 2 hours meditating at the center, instead of doing whatever it is I do on my Sunday afternoons, the rest of my week will fly by smoothly. If I give myself those 2 hours, for the rest of the week I become hyperaware of problems before they surface. My productivity shoots through the roof. I sleep better, I eat better, I exercise, and I become a happier and more peaceful person overall. I solve problems quickly and efficiently. So what’s gotten in the way of me making the time to go? Unfortunately there is no one else to blame but myself.
In Ivanka Trump’s book, The Trump Card, she said it best — When you don’t have the time to do something, that is when you need to do it most. You’re completely stressed out at work and it’s driving you up a wall. You need a break from it all but you can’t afford the time. That is the time when you should make the time for yourself. Simply put, the time that you should exert the most effort is when you can afford it least. That is how you truly achieve excellence.
When you put your foot down and discipline yourself to make the time to take a break or to pursue your goals, you will immediately feel empowered and in charge of your life. Fed up with your current job? Send out some resumes. Having a fat day? Go for a run. Feeling under the weather? Take the day off of work. Have the courage to stick up for the person who needs it most — you!
Careful planning is required for every action plan. Having a wishful to-do list does you no good in the long run if you don’t know where to start. You have resources all around you…you just need to know where to look.
Here are some of questions you need to ask yourself:
When can I devote time to myself? Set a reasonable schedule, pace yourself, and stay committed. Use a calendar program to send you reminders via text message and email if necessary.
Who can help me achieve this goal? Always look to the people around you FIRST. Even if they can’t necessarily help you get started, they might know someone who can.
What online resources are available to me? Check Google groups, LinkedIn groups, Facebook groups, Twitter #hashtag chats, Twitter lists, blog communities, Meetup groups, VOKLE, Quora, etc.
Where can I turn to for support? Check with your city center, church/temple, community college, local university, and other community hubs.
Is there a community available? Achieving goals is easier when done with a group. Usually a hybrid of efforts between online and in-person research will yield communities with which you can engage. Try to attend some events that attract like minds. Whether you work with an in-real-life community or a virtual one, staying accountable to others will help you achieve your goals faster.
Does this require money? Can I get help? It doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. There is a dirth of information available for free via blogs, audiobooks, websites, community sites, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. You can also check out the local public library for books, CDs, DVDs, and workshops.
What do others suggest? Every goal requires different resources. Put out some feelers via Facebook or Twitter and see what others come up with! Better yet, try to connect with a pro and see what they suggest.
Where can I start? Even if you don’t know where to begin, just START. Someone else’s roadmap may not necessarily fit your style. There’s nothing wrong with learning through trial and error. You are the master of your own destiny.
Do you have any other suggestions? Where do you turn to for help on projects and goals?