You know the old saying, you are what you eat? Well, that rings true, and if you feel like you’re missing a beat, stop to take a look at what you’re eating. We get so busy taking care of our clients and families, we forget that in order to continue to be successful, we need to take care of ourselves too!
I found myself in somewhat of a rut a few months back and started thinking about why and how it happened. It came down to my diet. And I know it was my diet because it wasn’t a lack of exercise…that’s something I commit to at least 3-4 days a week. But when I started having that unfocused, scattered feeling, I knew something wasn’t right.
Most people go through a busy day and don’t really think about eating. When we’re hungry we grab the most convenient thing we can find, which may be lunch from the vending machine. Does this sound familiar? Stop for a minute and think about what you eat throughout the day…would you want your family to eat that way? Probably not. I found a definite link between eating wholesome foods throughout the day and staying focused and on-task.
Watch your aisles at the grocery store. One rule that I broke but is a good one to follow: when you’re grocery shopping, stay away from the middle isles! If you shop around the perimeter of the grocery store, that’s where you’ll find the fresh foods, meats, and dairy. The inner aisles are where all the boxed goods and mixes are found.
Pre-plan your meals for the week. As simple as this sounds, it’s also not that easy to do. But if you make it a point to take time on Sunday to pre-cut veggies, wash fruit and plan your meals for the week, it not only makes life easier, it makes it convenient to grab a healthy snack and make your workweek less hectic.
Exercise. Not everyone enjoys exercise or claims they have the time to do it. You need to make a choice…you either make time to do it or make an excuse not to, there’s really no middle. I have to do it in the morning; my evenings are too hectic and I will stress out over not finding the time. If your schedule doesn’t allow time in the morning or after work, make the time on your lunch break or carve out some time on the weekends. There’s always somewhere you can go. If there’s not a gym nearby then take a walk. Try to make it a point to start moving at least 3-4 days a week… you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes.
It typically takes 21 days of a routine for something to become a habit. Small changes on a regular basis will yield results…and help you stay focused and on top of your game. This time of year is especially hard with holiday parties and client lunches, but if you have a game plan in place, you just need a little time and some willpower to make it work.
Be good to yourself, so you can in turn be good to everyone else in your life! If you are looking for some extra assistance whether it be personal or business-related, visit Elite Virtual Assistants!