Often when we start a new habit or a new activity, we want to see the results or benefits immediately. Whether it’s a new workout schedule, skincare routine, or savings plan, we want instant results.
However, long-term, sustainable results require work to be put in over time. If we don’t reserve time for progress in whatever area we want to improve on, we cannot expect to see the desired results.
Overlooking the amount of time needed to work towards our goals can harm our potential and leave us feeling defeated. The amount of time we set aside to put into something can greatly determine how quickly we see results. For example, if we’re only exercising for 15 minutes a day, the results will be slower than if we put in 30 or 45 minutes each day.
When we begin to value our time as we should, we more carefully delegate it to our extracurricular activities and day-to-day tasks, and we start to understand that progress can only be made if we make time for it.
One of the hardest things we face today is creating space in our schedule for the things we WANT to achieve rather than just going through the motions of knocking out our to-do list. Time management isn’t about fitting as much into our day as possible, but rather, prioritizing the things that are going to help us grow, achieve, and develop new goals for our lives. When we pack our days with things that don’t match our core values, we often feel drained and overwhelmed.
If you feel like you aren’t making progress in a specific area of your life, sit down with your calendar and try to eliminate one activity that isn’t contributing to your new goal, or something that isn’t connected to your core values. This can be something as simple as ordering groceries for pickup instead of shopping for them yourself. You can then use that extra time to work on your new habit, activity, or goal instead.
Before adding anything to your schedule, think about the activity through the lens of LIVING WELLthy™ and ask yourself these questions:
- Is this getting me closer to or farther from living a WELLthy™ life?
- How much time will this actually require of me?
- What am I giving up in order to add this into my schedule?
When we re-frame our thoughts around how we choose to spend our time, we begin to value our time, and ourselves more.