Decide to do something new

Do something new - runner outsideI did something I’ve never done yesterday. I went for a run in the middle of the day.

That might not be major in some people’s worlds, but like many others I’m bad at making time to look after myself when I’m deep in work. Or family. Or anything else. Which means I don’t get outside nearly as much as I should.

When I run workshops on how to make delegation work better for people, I start off by asking participants what they would most like time for. The answers are always the big things: friends, family, health, fitness, relaxation, new interests and skills. No one ever says they’d like more time to do the ironing.

So after a workshop the day before, I asked myself the same question. What do I most want extra time for, right now?

I realised the answer was exercise. I like exercise, and I feel much better after it, though I’m bad at making myself do it. Recently, a combination of bad weather, family circumstances, and running Time Wizard, has meant that I’d become a bit of a slob. I’d noticed both my physical and my mental state taking the toll for it.

Then, yesterday afternoon, a phone call was cancelled at the last minute. I realised I had the extra time I’d wanted.

I resisted the temptation to look at my to-do list, or Twitter, or my email. Instead, I put on my running kit and went out.

Did I feel better for it? Definitely. Did it make the rest of my day more productive? Maybe, maybe not. But it says to me that it’s possible to make time for the important things. I just need to remind myself what they are.


Time Wizard can take on the things you don’t need to do yourself, so you can do the things that only you can make time for. Call us now to arrange your free consultation. 

Photo lululemon athletica at flickr 

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