How Having Little Time Can Make You Your Healthiest Yet

I've been a bit slow getting another blog on here. Suffice to say it's not been down to a lack of inspiration or enthusiasm. I've actually been battling against a much greater force and naturally one that's completely out of my control. I'm blaming it on a lack of time. Yes, I too can suffer from this debilitating condition.

So I dedicate this post to a friend and enemy. A valuable commodity, always greater in demand than supply yet still unappreciated and under-utilised. The fourth dimension, poorly understood and the subject of many a movie (anyone seen that one with Justin Timberlake?)

But my aim here is not to convince you or myself for that matter, that we're delusional and actually have all the time in the world to do with as we please. To the contrary, I agree that there really isn't much of it around and sadly it's not accumulating down the back of the sofa either.

One thing I have realised however is that the less time I have, the more productive I am. I've had days with no commitments when I thought I'd be able to catch up on all those things I'd been meaning to do (like writing a blog post...) yet found myself completely unproductive and having achieved nothing more than a re-shuffling of papers, never mind actually exercising or getting some fresh air. Is that bad? It sure is hard not to feel guilty about it and I'd be lying if I said I've never repented at the end of a day about what could have been. After all, I did just exchange a day of my life for not very much. I've learnt the best way of coping with the devastation is to firmly tell myself to get a grip as I clearly must have desperately needed a day off. Thankfully this approach seems to work quite well.

On the other hand, I've also had days when I really didn't know how I'd manage to tick all those things off the list but somehow I did...and snuck one of the best workouts of the week in there too! Perhaps I just inadvertently found 'the zone' and it kindly let me in.  In such cases it's easy to wonder if we've been possessed by some super human power.  But of course it's really much simpler than this; the less time you have, the more time you create by making wiser, faster choices and making the most of what you do have. After all, it's not unusual to work better under pressure.  

What we choose to do with our time is equally as important as what we choose to put in our bodies, what we choose to think and how we choose to behave. If you don't make time for your health your health won't make time for you - you've probably heard that one before.  I have yet to come across a patient or client who hasn't used time as an excuse in some form or another. I haven't met a doctor who hasn't either. Conveniently time can't stand up for itself and say - 'Hey hold on just one minute buddy...you've had plenty of me!'

Yes, the trick with time is to use it wisely. It's finite and so is your health. In fact the two go hand in hand, like life and death. But life is not just about getting things done so sometimes cut yourself some slack, live a bit and waste a little. And the rest of the time don't be afraid of challenging days ahead for they might just be your most productive - and your healthiest.