Prioritize Your Life with Time Blocking to Achieve Your Goals
In an interruption-driven culture, it's too easy to let everyone else decide where your attention goes and how to spend your next 10 minutes. If you jump every time your phone rings, a new email arrives, a Social Network notification buzzes, or someone stops by to say hello, you're undermining your most important asset...TIME.
Being available is part of life, however, getting and staying healthy requires focus and attention for a specific period of time or it won't happen. Time blocking is a technique that sets the stage for that to happen. If you block out specific time to devote to being more active during your normal life activities you'll find your focus will lead you to success.
Take a look at your weekly calendar and review where you’re spending your time. Write in the different time blocks what is consuming those hours when you’re not sleeping and then look for the gaps in time or opportunities when you can be more active.
7 Categories Where We Spend Our Time and How to be More Active:
Faith – Walk and pray, listen to an encouraging message or music while cleaning quickly or walking.
Family – Schedule activities with the family around being active, playing games outdoors or indoors.
Finances – By scheduling a specific time to manage your finances you can free up time in your week to be more active.
Firm – Where can you get in a few extra steps, stairs or other exercise activities while you’re at work?
Fitness – Are you doing anything to get fit? How could you increase, intensify, or enhance it by scheduling it in your calendar?
Friends – When you spend time with friends could you do more activities around being more active like taking a walk vs. going out for coffee?
Fun – What hobbies or recreational activities would you schedule into your life if you new you had the time to do them?
Write the “7 F activities” you’d like to fill your ideal week. Review this often and be more active!
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eHealth Challenge Tip: Focus on Friends
Holidays are intended to be social gatherings with friends and family, not eating frenzies. Emphasize the social interaction. Plan activities to make the day special: Visit a local pumpkin patch, volunteer at a food bank, or attend local parades or other celebratory events. If possible, include group walks or sports activities so that you can burn calories while having fun. By focusing on the company of those around you, you can celebrate the true spirit of the holidays and make lasting memories with your family and loved ones.