Avoiding your to-do list like
If you’re a human, in some way or another you probably wish you had better habits relating to something you go through every day (sleeping/waking, exercise, eating, stress eating, etc.). Furthermore, you’ve probably told yourself multiple times, I’ll get to it tomorrow, next week, next month, once the house is done, or maybe when there’s another Venus eclipse (in 2117).
As Kelly Starrett says, You can do it temporarily, but it gets expensive. By continuing to put your health on the back burner, it might cost you future time or money, or both.
This is the time to work on those habits; when you’re busy, when things are tough, and when you don’t “feel” like you have enough time. The people who hold it together during those times are the ones who don’t need to backtrack once they hit that “right time”.
For some people, this may come as a news flash but you will likely NEVER feel like you have “enough” time. There may be a “better” or “right” time and a “worse” or “wrong” time, but the fact remains –
you’re probably going to be “busy” a majority of the rest of your life.
If you have long-term goals, you know those goals can be tough to reach. If it’s weight loss or habit change you’re after, putting them on the back burner is not in your best interest. I’ll get to it next week, next month, or next year. Eventually, you’re going to wonder where the time went.
Changing your habits is often times just something you need to think about. It doesn’t necessarily take more of your time as much as it takes a different proportion of your mental energy.
For example, if you were trying to lose weight, eating slower could be the only difference you’d need to make to start that process. You might not need to change anything you’re eating, where you’re eating, or how often you’re eating. Just eat slower.
In this situation, eating slower takes no preparation, no planning, no extra cost, no fancy meal plan, and no deprivation. Each time you eat, you just eat slower. You put your fork/spoon down between bites, chew 25+ times for each bite, talk to someone you’re with, or maybe even read something as you eat.
Yes, it would take extra thought as you eat until you get used to the new pace, but it can be done anywhere, anytime, no matter what you’re eating.
If you’re able to improve a habit or even build a new habit through the difficult times and stick to your guns (when you’re “super” busy), your resilience will improve immensely – likely carrying over into other aspects of your life as well.