Don't Have Time
Between DOING, ENJOYING, and RESTING
I want to share a concept with you.
My clients and I developed this concept during Lifestyle Coaching
sessions... (I will call this client Sara)
Life was VERY busy for Sara. She had
so much to do that it gave her anxiety to even think about it.
She found herself perpetually procrastinating and exhausted.
We discovered that Sara's
list was not complete. She only had a list of things TO DO. She
was pushing so hard that sometimes she could not even start. Sometimes
she pushed so hard that she was exhausted.
only on the TO DO list CAUSES procrastination and burnout.
To reduce procrastination
and burnout make three lists. The first list is your TO DO list.
We are all familiar with this one. But this list is not enough.
You will need more. You will
need a list of ways to ENJOY and a list of ways to REST.
may be difficult to build your enjoyment and rest lists. Most
people who have a lot to do feel guilty when they take time to
enjoy or rest. That's too bad. Because enjoying yourself and getting
rested is what will make life pleasurable, even when you are doing
and rest actually FUEL your ability to
accomplish your to do list and be productive.
The problem comes when
you waste your precious time doing things that are not really
restful or enjoyable. Watching too much TV, binge eating,
excessive video games, etc. can all be futile attempts to rest
or enjoy yourself. These kinds of things are not really
effective. They do not rejuvinate you. They do not
make you feel better and ready to proceed with your life.
These things drain your energy and prevent progress.
activities that are REALLY enjoyable and REALLY restful!
In order to reduce procrastination
and avoid burnout, each day give yourself balance between doing
(or being ìproductive), resting, and enjoying.
Ask yourself: "Is what I am doing right now REALLY productive,
or REALLY restful, or REALLY enjoyable?" If it is not,
then choose something that is!
your rest is really rejuvinating
and your enjoyment is really fun
then your work will be really productive!
When you accomplish this balance,
then you will be rejuvenated by the rhythm of doing, resting,
You Eaten Enough Today?
After years and years of being told
that you are overweight because you eat too much, did you ever
think somebody would tell you to eat more? Well, it is happening
today. I am telling you that to build your healthy eating style,
you may need to eat more. During this process, we will focus on
what you should eat, instead of what you should not eat.
There is NO RESTRICTED eating in this
process. You are encouraged to eat foods that are good for your
health, (you wonít hear me telling you to avoid or restrict
any particular foods.) You are encouraged to be more aware of
when you are satisfied, not to limit portions.
every minute of
every hour of
every day to
NOT eat something.
takes just a moment
to eat something healthy.
When you focus on selecting and eating
all the wonderful tasty foods that are good for you, your time
and energy will be spent eating healthy foods and enjoying every
bite. This healthy eating is a task that can take up all the energy
you used to put into restricting and limiting your eating.
Many people "get the munchies"
in the evening. If you are one of those people, ask yourself:
"Have I eaten enough today?" "Did I eat enough
fruit and veggies?"
I eat when I was hungry?" "How was my nutrition?"
If you realize that you didn't eat enough veggies, you could have
a salad or bowl of vegetable soup. If you notice that you were
low on protein today, you could have a high protein snack. If
you realize that you were hungry during the day, had nothing to
eat, and therefore stayed hungry too long, you could plan a way
to avoid that situation in the future.
This is a fundamentally different
look at healthy eating. There is NO portion control. There is
NO deprivation. If you have an emotional need to put a lot of
energy into this healthy eating process that's fine. Think a lot
about these constructive concepts and focuses. Ask yourself the
questions in the above paragraph often.
If you can't stand the thought of
putting energy into thinking about your eating. FINE. Ask yourself
these constructive questions whenever you seem to be worrying
about food or body image issues anyway. You would not be spending
any more energy. You would just be redirecting your already used
energy into a more constructive focus
Have you eaten enough
today? People of all sizes need enough protein, complex carbs,
fruits, veggies, and plenty of water. Give yourself what you need!
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