Have you noticed how very BUSY people are these days? I'll admit, I've fallen into the same trap myself, but this is the year that I'm finally climbing out. No more checking items off of a to do list that is more about fighting fires, than the real work that needs to be done. Or spending hours going down the worm hole of "catching up on emails", or scrolling through social media feeds.
BECAUSE BEING BUSY IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING PRODUCTIVE.
Everyone I know has about a billion things going on in their lives - there is taking care of the kids, and the house, and work, and clubs and church and maybe even trying to have a social life. It has us running in circles, trying to do more and more, but we can't because we're too damn BUSY.
But busy doesn't get us any closer to our goals. Busy is a distraction that leaves us worn out and frustrated.
So how do you change the game?
Pick 3 things that you want to prioritize this year. Just 3. FOCUS ON THOSE THINGS. Schedule the actions you need to take to support these priorities into your calendar. Yes, you still have to do the busy work of life, but when you start each day with what it most important you will see the progress towards your goals. And the benefits of being more productive will mean that you don't have to worry about being so busy. :)
You can live a healthy lifestyle in the real world without giving up everything that makes you happy.