1. Set aside 30 minutes per day for your well being. This could be 2-minutes of stretching and strengthening movements every hour at work plus a brisk 15-minute walk at lunch time.
2. Set a time 5-10 minutes when you sort your important activities from urgent for the day. This might be at a quiet in the evening if you are a night owl or in the morning before breakfast. Important activities are the ones that move you toward your life goals – family, career, leisure, relationships. Urgent are the events or activities that pop up that need to be dealt with but are not moving you toward a goal you have set for yourself.
3. Set those life goals! What are they? If you have a partner, think about your life goals for the next 5, 10 and 20 years independently. Then come together and share your goals. If you have no goals and you don’t know where you are going you will usually get there – rushing around reacting to life, ‘busy reacting’ to life. Much better to take some time and decide where you want to be in 5 years. What do you want your life to look like? This enables you to filter the important from the urgent. The important moves you a step closer to your goals, the urgent does not.
4. Lastly, two skills are needed. The art of saying NO and the act of delegation. Don’t feel guilty if you have assessed that volunteering to do a task does not move you toward your life goal. If you feel like you are being run ragged, you probably are being run ragged. If you are a parent you need to delegate tasks and chores to your children. This way they learn how to do them and by the time they are 18 they can live as fully developed independent, resilient citizens who understand the art of being a team player!