The “I’m too busy” Excuse Is Busted. We’re all busy…
Maybe that was too harsh, but sometimes, you need a swift kick in the arse for change to happen.
The 3 most common complaints we hear when working with business travelers in regard to living and creating a healthy lifestyle on the road are:
“I already have a ton in my morning routine, so I don’t have time to add in one more thing.”
“I’m so busy, I only have time to run through the drive through for fast food.”
“When I fly places for business, my company expects me to make the most out of the day, so I don’t have much control over my calendar.”
If you’ve said or felt anything remotely close to these, and wish you could find more time to be healthy, then here are 3 quick and easy ways to find more time:
1. Boundaries – (If you’re speed reading and rolling your eyes at this point, then you need to read further…)
I said quick and easy… but how can creating boundaries be quick and easy (and any different from what you’ve heard… which PS, If you keep hearing the same thing over and over and you aren’t implementing… then maybe it’s time to try something different?)
You’ve heard the saying, people make time for the things that are really important to them, right? Now’s the time to take the statement seriously. I understand that business (and life) is already busy…add in being away from home, and you have a pretty crazy (and unique) schedule.
Remember, you’re in control of your life and your time. If you’re willing to implement boundaries (and stick to them!), you’ll find that you won’t have to chase time, it’ll come quick and easy. Here’s a few examples you could start with:
- Morning routine and nightly winddown time is sacred and must happen
- Time to eat, recharge and recoup is important, so plan your day around it
- Yes, productivity and driven results for your company while traveling is important… but you must also be at your best… and if you’re running on fumes… how can you???
2. Be Flexible and Open-Minded
Working out doesn’t have to be 30, 45 or 60 minutes. You can get a good sweat in 15 minutes when you get up in the morning or before you go to bed. Try to stay active throughout the day by taking the stairs or setting an alarm every hour to get up and move around if you have to be sitting down for long periods of time.
Be willing to encourage and set the example for co-workers and those around you to do the same!
3. Take Meditation and/or Intentional Breathing Breaks
It sounds so counterintuitive, but these small breaks will help reset and give you space to breathe (literally and figuratively). Start with 5-10 minutes. There are a ton of apps and resources to help you if you’re new to this. It will feel odd at first and your mind (and ego) will fight you every step of the way, stick to it and results will quickly follow.
Have you heard the saying, “the space between the notes?” It’s what makes music sound so nice to us. Your life needs these same types of spaces, at different intervals and lengths for different reasons.
Being extremely busy on the road can be exhilarating but also very stressful. Many of us A-types love the hustle-bustle and the constant stimulation, but we have to remember that if we want to have more energy, feel amazing, produce even better results (are you ready for that raise?!), and reduce stress, then add one or all three of these quick and easy ways to be more healthy into your routine!
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