If you are having a tough time making changes to your health, happiness, career, etc., one thing that can have a huge impact is taking a close look at what you’re investing your time and energy into.
When you hear the word “budget” your mind may go straight to money, but there are other aspects of your life that need budgeting as well— what your time and energy go into each day.
The more you prioritise healthy habits, like getting movement in and eating whole, unprocessed foods vs. spending time on things that ultimately drain you, the more benefits you’ll gain, like feeling a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
Shifting your mindset to look at what you “gain” by prioritising positive things, vs. what you “lose” will help you see the benefits of budgeting your time and energy, as you will start to see and feel the impacts across your life including your health, your work, and personal life.
In this blog, learn about three easy ways you can get started on budgeting your time and energy for a healthier lifestyle.
1. Make a Life Budgeting List
There are many things that contribute to who you are and where you are at right now. Many of those things are a compilation of your habits and what you spend your time and energy on. Grab a pen and paper and make a list with two columns. One with all the positive things you currently spend time and energy on, and budget into your life. This could be daily phone calls with friends, going to the gym, preparing a healthy meal, meditating, journaling, etc.
In the other column, make a list of the things that you spend time and energy on that may be taking away from you being your best. This could be spending time with certain toxic or negative people, frequent fast-food consumption, excessive alcohol intake, etc.
Writing things out on a list is helpful so you can see everything in front of you and recognize the areas you could use some improvement in. From there, take time to think about how you could add things to the positive list and/or reduce things from the negative list.
2. Use a Calendar App or Physical Planner and Start Time Blocking
After figuring out where your priorities are, a helpful tool to help you stay organized and lay out your schedule is a calendar app or planner. To truly budget your time and energy like you budget your money, you need to allocate a certain amount of time for everything. With the app, you can set up appointment reminders, block your schedule for important projects, and more. Using a planner, you can also block your schedule.
3. Create Routines
Big or small, healthy, or unhealthy, our habits combine to form routines that play out every day for us. That’s why, even though we understand the importance of having good habits, sometimes it’s tough to stick to a healthy daily routine and budget time for things that benefit your health and wellness.
It takes time and patience to create a routine, but the benefits are well worth it. Here are a few examples you can start implementing:
Make meals ahead of time
When you take breakfast or lunch with you on the go, it takes time to prepare. Planning ahead and starting this process at home during the evenings makes getting ready in the mornings take less time.
Set aside time each evening or once a week to complete all your meal prep for the next day or week ahead. Put the meals in convenient containers and set them somewhere at eye level in the fridge so you don’t forget it. Not only does this save you time the next day that you can put towards other tasks, but it also sets you up to make healthy choices.
Set out your clothes
This is something some of our parents may have had us do when we were younger, and it is something we should continue to add to our routine to budget more time for the following day. Set out the clothes you’ll need for the workday (whether you’re going into the office or just to your desk in the kitchen), as well as your workout clothes. You’ll be rewarded with saved time in the mornings when you set aside time the day or evening before to prepare for the next day.
Take Time to Relax
It’s normal to feel stressed from time to time, but high stress levels leave you vulnerable to several health conditions and problems, including depression and elevated blood pressure. Find a healthy activity that relaxes you, and then set aside some time every day to do it as part of your daily routine. This could be journaling, reading an inspiring book, spending time with a pet, meditating, or simply taking a few minutes to remind yourself of everything that is going well in your life.
At 9Round we believe that taking time to prioritize you is essential and hope these tools can equip you to better budget your time and energy and feel your best!