Time… why does it seem that there’s never enough of it? After all, there are 86,400 seconds or 1,440 minutes or 24 hours in a day, and most days it’s not enough, right?! But, what would be enough? Twice that, an extra hour, I’m not sure that there would ever be enough time to do what you and I want to get accomplished. Time is the one thing that no amount of money can buy, and yet so much is wasted, or that’s how it feels some days. I’m a ‘doer’, it takes a lot for me to sit down and put my feet up, take time for myself and feel like I’ve accomplished enough in a day. I’ve found myself saying lately that I don’t have enough time, and as we’ve been focusing on being intentional since the start of this year, I know that that thought looping in my mind isn’t a good thought to keep circulating. While I know that Carolyn Monden from episode 102, would tell me that the mind is trying to run the show and I can think differently by shifting my focus.
In the name of being that doer as I mentioned, I also feel like a strategy or way of prioritizing would go a long way to feeling like time isn’t as elusive as it feels. I hear from my clients that they are challenged to find the time to make homemade meals, meals from scratch, and even grocery shop sometimes. Yes, I fall into that trap too and also find that makes eating non-processed and take out a challenge, and that unto itself can negatively impact health. As well as the stress of trying to cram it all in and not having time for yourself, to focus on your self-care and your wellbeing must be a priority.
So today on EAT THIS with Lianne, for both you and me, the next installment in the #beintentional series, a productivity expert will help us with how to max out on, make the most of and find time for what’s truly important for your life and health.
When you google time management, the lists of resources are loooonnnnnngggggggg!! From Tony Robbins, for instance, his time management system has you focus on clear outcomes that you care, and feel passionate about. It puts you in the right state of mind to zero in on the goals that matter, all without a to-do list. I almost got sucked in and wanted to find out more. What I’ve found of late is that I am wasting my time worrying about not having enough, feeling overwhelmed with all that I have on my plate at home and work. I think the saying ‘time waits for no one’ somehow puts a fire under my butt because somehow I manage to find the time to work a full-time job, speak with clients, prep for a weekly radio segment and write a blog post to go along with it, and write the show notes and thoughts, and record this podcast. Oh and eat and sleep somewhere in there. People often say “I don’t know how you do it all” and truly, there are times when I honestly don’t know myself.
So rather than go down the many rabbit holes that I could have in my google search, I thought speaking with Clare Kumar, productivity catalyst and highly sensitive executive coach would be a better use of our time. Clare helps professionals improve productivity and well-being while avoiding exhaustion and burnout. She delivers keynotes, workshops, coaching, and connection through her online community, the Happy Space Pod.
Of course, meal planning is a part of time management and while the initial thought of sitting down and planning out the meals for the week can seem heavy, but it not only saves time and take a whole load of stress and worry off your shoulders, it can help financially because you’re not getting last-minute take out, hitting the drive-through and you can
Find Clare’s productivity table stakes image here and as Clare went through them and I love how she tied in how eating well is interrelated to the topic of mindset with that daily check-in and checking in on your dedication to self.
To recap some key points:
- Sleep and rest is something that we’ve talked about here and how to get better sleep is in episodes 19 and 85. Number 3 was fuel and how you can feed your cells – can’t feed a Ferrari with Frito lay was so very true. We can’t keep our bodies in tip-top shape if we’re not eating well.
- Then movement was next on her table, and was what we talked about last week with Samantha in episode 105 and how exercising can have the knock-on effect to eating better, whoo hoo! Light was next and the amount of sunlight we need, and over the winter months needing extra vitamin D for just about everything in your body, and check out sproutright.com and my TAKE THIS Sunshine D3+K2 and hit order. It’s a tough one to keep in stock.
- Along with that, we mentioned the Orion red light and NIR light and how I’ve been using that myself and with my daughter for healing and mental health. So check out OrionRLT.ca and use promo code EAT THIS for 10% off the light of your choice and listen to episode 99 again.
- The last few were comfort – ergonomics in the kitchen and I’d add-in that you have good tools to use like good knives, bowls, and spatulas for all the cooking that you do.
- Attention management was the second last one, turn off those notifications and dings that you will remember, and use your dings to tell you to go to bed.
- Last but not least, connection – we need human connection, it’s essential and that’s what we try and foster here in the digital space and on the radio. Chris and I connect with you, make you laugh, inspire you, and help you to keep going in an intentional way to uplevel your health. Phew, lots there to put into action so let me ask you, what will you commit to from all of these? What are your priorities that you are not going to compromise on and honor yourself with the boundaries that you set.
I’d love to hear and learn from you on this one as my mind continues on that merry-go-round of I don’t have enough time…Have you rated EAT THIS with Lianne yet? Go ahead on whatever platform you’re on, please. It helps others know that it’s worth their time to tune in!
Go forth and save time, max out time, and most importantly make time for you, and of course, remember to EAT THIS one mouthful at a time.
Productivity catalyst and highly sensitive executive coach, Clare Kumar, helps professionals achieve sustainable performance – improving productivity and well-being while avoiding exhaustion and burnout. She draws on a diverse corporate career that took her from Toronto to Tokyo and Montreal, with equal experience as an entrepreneur. She is a sought-after media contributor to news and lifestyle shows including the Huffington Post, Fast Company, the Globe and Mail, CBC, The Social, and the Marilyn Denis Show. Whether speaking to one person or thousands, Clare loves inspiring massive shifts by inviting you to pay attention to little things that make a big difference. She welcomes all highly sensitive professionals as well as those who want to love and support them to find community in the Happy Space Pod.