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10 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy Even When You’re Busy

10 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy Even When You’re Busy

Today’s world just seems to get busier and busier. Most of the time it probably feels like you’re just jumping from the treadmill of work onto, well, a real treadmill! How are you ever supposed to keep up a healthy lifestyle without running yourself into the ground.

Well, I have good news! Getting healthy and fit doesn’t have to be a big project. Most of the changes you should make can be super small, everyday things. Try my tips below to get started!

1. Eat Healthy

These days there seem to be new health food trends every day, from kale shakes to acai berry supplements, but it’s really the basics that are the most important. First, just focus on getting the right amount of fruit, vegetables, and proteins on a daily basis.

A great way to do this is by preparing meals in advance for the week. That way, you’re not adding cooking a fancy, healthy meal to your to do list every day on top of a full day of work!

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2. Get Your Nutrients

Even if you think you’re eating pretty healthily, sometimes you might be missing out on important nutrients without even realizing it. Things like zinc, iron and other vitamins that are really important for your energy levels. To make sure you’re getting enough, try taking a multivitamin. They’re pretty cheap and you can even get them as gummies if, like me, you don’t like pills.

3. Hydrate

Did you ever learn in school about how we’re all 90% water? Well, that probably explains why it is so important for you to drink you 8 glasses (or more!) of water a day. If you’re busy and might not remember to walk to the water cooler every hour, just fill up a water bottle to keep at your desk. It’s convenient, good for the environment and it might keep you from reaching for that unhealthy soda, too!

4. Exercise Regularly

You may feel like your schedule is too jam-packed for you to fit in a regular exercise routine, but you’d be surprised how easy it can be! Even adding as little as 15 or 20 minutes of moderate exercise to your daily activities can boost your energy levels and lower your risk of a number of health conditions.

There are even exercises you can do at your desk or at home while you watch TV! This way you can feel good about yourself and get that great endorphin rush without having to spend a grueling hour at the gym watching other people sweat.

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5. Sleep Well

Sleep is hugely important to your overall health. According to a recent survey 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. Even if you are super busy, it is worth making room for a full night’s rest. But getting the right number of hours alone won’t do it, you also need to be getting quality sleep. This means sleeping through the night, not tossing, turning and getting up ten times during the night to jot down notes on your to-do list for tomorrow!

If you have trouble falling asleep, consider a white noise machine, an eye mask, or upgrading your mattress to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Just think, you could be waking up in the morning and actually feeling rested! With that kind of good start to the day, tackling a crazy schedule becomes way less stressful.

6. Prioritize

You’d better suck it up and admit it right now—you aren’t Superman. That’s right, you can’t do everything. So take a good hard look at all of the work you’re putting on that never-ending to-do list of yours and figure out what is really important.

Do you really need to repaint your dresser this weekend? I doubt it. Put it at the bottom of the list! What about fixing the layout for that presentation you have on Monday. Can your assistant do it? Great—delegate! By cutting your to-do list down to the essentials, you can make more room for healthy behaviors (you know, like breathing!).

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7. Limit Energy Supplements

While it’s easy to rely on energy drinks or coffee on top of coffee to get you through a busy day, that habit is a real problem for your health. Energy drinks or excess caffeine may make you feel ready to conquer the world for an hour or so after you’ve taken them, but you’re sure to slump later in the day and feel even worse than you would have otherwise.

Thankfully, healthy habits should restore your energy so you don’t have to rely on extras like energy drinks anymore.

8. De-stress

For some people that’s yoga, for others it’s curling up with a good book. Me, I like to go to the park with my dog. Whatever it is that helps you de-stress, build time for it into your schedule. It may seem like a waste at first, but by giving yourself time to relax you are actually lowering your stress levels, which makes your body healthier and your mind less frazzled. Trust me, you’ll get way more done this way than just by powering through your stressful day with no break in sight!

9. Maintain Your Support Network

Friends and family aren’t just for fun and games—they are really important for your mental, emotional, and even your physical health! People with strong support networks are better at overcoming setbacks and problems in their lives.

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It makes sense, because having someone to talk to when life is tough just makes everything seem so much more doable. So don’t feel like grabbing coffee with a friend or taking a long weekend to go back home to visit your folks is being unproductive. Actually, taking little actions like those regularly makes sure your support network is strong and will be ready for you if times do get tough. That’s right, you have to go grab some drinks with your friends—for your health!

10. Take A Step Back

Is this really life and death? Are you in the middle of saving the planet or being elected Supreme Ruler of the Universe? If not, get some perspective. More likely than not, in the grand scheme of things, your to-do list isn’t really that important. What is important for your life in the long haul? Your health! You’ve only got the one body, so think about that whenever you start to lose track of your health and fitness goals.

Remember, when it comes to health and fitness, take it one day at a time. You won’t become the queen of healthy cooking or an ace marathon runner right off the bat. That’s ok. Every time you make a healthy choice, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re moving in the right direction, and that’s progress worth celebrating!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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