“Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “It’s not a priority”, and see how that feels.” -Wall Street Journal
For months, I spent day after day creating reasons why I couldn’t go to the gym, why I couldn’t stop eating out, why I couldn’t… well, this list could take up the entire post! Instead of boring you with all of the things that I wasn’t doing, I want to give you a bit of advice.
Here is the #1 tip for achieving your goals:
You have to make time.
You are most likely never going to have a free schedule everyday to do what you want to do. Life is busy. But if something is important to you, you will make time. As a full-time graduate student, intern, staff member, blogger, friend, fiance, and dog mom, I completely understand how precious time is. However, something I learned was that if you truly care about something, there is always a way to make time.
Here are a few tips that have helped me:
- Turn off the T.V.
- Put your phone away.
- Wake up one hour earlier/go to bed one hour later.
- Don’t take a nap.
- Set a specific time for specific activities.
- Set a specific location for specific activities.
- Perform the activity with a friend who can hold you accountable.
Whatever it is that you want to do — or need to do — there is a way to work it into your busy schedule. In my own life, I have started going to the gym during my lunch break so that I get my 30 minutes of physical activity. Is that the way I would prefer to spend my break? Nope! I’d much rather be at the buffet down the road. But working out is important to me, so I sacrifice that time to improving my health.
You have 24 hours each day — the same 24 hours that each person on this planet has. If other people can achieve their goals and make each day count, why can’t you?
An excellent question to ask yourself is: What are my priorities?
If someone who knows nothing about you examined your life, what would they think your priorities are? How are you spending your time? What is your energy going to?
As much as you may want to watch that episode of The Office for the fifth time, it isn’t actually a priority. So, turn off the T.V. or anything else that may be capturing your attention and go after your goals!
You’ve got this!