It’s hard to find time to exercise sometimes. Putting yourself first, especially when you are stressed out, at capacity and basically over it, is tough.

I get it.

I get it firsthand.

And that surprises people, given what I do for a living.

Yup, I’m human in North America. So I’m basically no different than anyone else.

My solution?

1. I logged how I’m spending my time for a week, with the goal of establishing productivity leaks. If you do the same, I’m quite certain that something will jump out at you as being not productive or desirable (and I’m not talking about dishes 😆). When I started logging my time last week, I figured out that my screen time could be chopped in half to free up time and energy for more additive activities, such as reading paper things and doing yin.

2. Try an adult “star chart”. I make mini resolutions and then forget about them. Anyone else? So I installed and app called Strides, with my daily goals: read for 30 minutes, do 30 minutes of yin, clean for 30 minutes and write daily. Notice that those are small steps toward bigger goals I have in mind, rather than “lose 10 lbs” or “keep the house clean all the time”. I’ve been surprised at how this child-like tool has kept me on track, and also automatically kept me away from my social media drain. I found 90 minutes a day to do things that I want to do to keep sane, and skip 90 minutes of things I wasn’t feeling the same about.

3. Find a workout that you WANT to do. Mine, at present, is yin. So it’s easy for me to look forward to checking the box. If you don’t know what it is, start by walking.

4. Look for ways to refine. I’m still doing that myself. I have established, sadly, that 30 minutes isn’t enough time to stay on top of basic cleaning, let alone deep cleaning, so I’m working on some (a) efficiencies (b) reality checks. The same may end up being true for you about your workouts….the arbitrary first round goals you set may need to change in a week or two, or a month or two, or a year or two.

These are things that work for me. They may not work for you, but if you need help with health coaching, which helps you fit in health and nutrition in the sane/sensible way I describe above, I’m at 514-804-0504.

If you feel you need help in other areas, I worked with Life Coach Jen Horvath of HeartLifted last year. She can help in other areas where you may be stuck such as career decision.

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