Priorities Part 2: I'll sleep when I'm dead / by India Choquette

Whenever someone tells me "I'll sleep when I'm dead," my first thought is ALWAYS that without sleep, you'll probably die a lot sooner. 

I know that's super dramatic, but it's probably true. In my last post, I wrote about how prioritizing fitness above EVERYTHING is seriously detrimental to your life, but the flip side is even more dangerous. People who obsess over fitness might miss out on life experiences and human interaction, but people who drop healthy behaviors the second they become busy are draining quality (if not quantity) from their lives.

You are always going to be busy.

Let me repeat that.

You are always going to be busy.

What are you going to do about it? If you wait for life to slow down before you get enough sleep or train, you will wait forever. Yes, your job may be more important than working out, but you are going to spend 8 hours at your job...can you find one hour for training? Can you find 30 minutes? 

I notice that when we get overwhelmed, often one of the first things we do is cut all fitness and/or sleep out in an effort to make more time. But this makes us unfocused and miserable, so we still end up losing time and that creates more stress...and it's on and on. We aren't helping ourselves. We are just prolonging discomfort. 

So, here's my question: if we accept that we are ALWAYS going to be busy, what do you need to do to make sure you are taking care of yourself? I write sleep, training, classes, etc. in my calendar and show up, no exceptions. I also allow myself to do a less than perfect job in some of my work so that I can steal a little more time for myself. I have learned to manage my busyness instead of waiting for it to end. Because I know it won't.