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4 Tips to Break the “Too Busy Cycle” and Get Your Priorities Straight Once and For All!

A very common struggle among women today is a lack of time. I bet you can relate.

When subscribers sign up for my newsletter, I ask them in the very first email what their #1 struggle is. One of the top 2-3 answers I receive from subscribers is, not surprisingly, “lack of time” to workout.

That’s not shocking, right? We all suffer from the busy-ness bug!

I totally understand! I’m a mom, wife, teacher, coach, business owner, church member, friend, daughter, sister, and the list goes on……

Consider this for a second:

And here’s a (very kindly spoken) tough love alert…

We all have the same 24 hours in a day.

I know, I know- we are certainly all in differing circumstances in our life. We don’t all have nannies, maids, and other hired help. But, even within our own circumstances- no matter what they are- we get to choose HOW we spend our time outside of work hours.

Being “busy” is an epidemic in our rushed society. How often do we hear from a friend that she can’t (fill in the blank) because she is “too busy.” You may even find yourself saying that. I do!

It has sadly become the norm for “I’m too busy” to fly out of our mouths in response to any request or invitation. What does “I’m too busy” really say? To me it says, “That is not a priority” or “I don’t find that important to do.” (Just being honest here, and I’m GUILTY as charged!) We can all agree that we each have the same 24 hours in our day. We choose to use those hours differently based on what we determine is important to us!priorities

It’s time to think about designing your life in a way that you are in the driver’s seat of your time. Don’t sit back and let life happen to you. When you sit back and let things happen TO you, you are giving up full control and just move from one frantic “thing to do” to the next. It becomes a vicious cycle of busyness that seems to be unbreakable. In the meantime, no one is really enjoying all the busyness!

4 Tips to Break the “Too Busy Cycle”

1) Schedule your top priorities FIRST. To find out what a person deems important, take a look at their calendar! Does your calendar match what you SAY are your priorities? I’ve come to realize that I’m not “too busy” for the things I find to be important. I make time for my top priorities each day. We all do! But sometimes we haven’t thought about it deeply enough, so we end up just living moment to moment, getting through each day.

Suggestion: Carve out 10-20 minutes each week to re-prioritize your life. Write down all the things that you need to make sure happen each day of the week – the things you will do no matter what. Place your most important priorities on your calendar or in your planner FIRST. Pick a night of the week to do this, and make “scheduling” a tradition. How much better do we all feel when organized?!? Or is it just me?? 🙂

Write down a typical day or 2 and look for time slots that you could use differently or more efficiently. This could be the first step to leveraging her time better. Once you find those time slots, use them wisely. If health and fitness are important to you, schedule in 20-30 minutes a day a few times a week for working out. Schedule in a couple of hours on the weekend for food planning and prep for the week. Writing it down is the first step to GETTING IT DONE!

Also, limit your time on email, facebook, twitter, or wherever you find a time-sucking black hole in your schedule. Turn off notifications on your phone so you aren’t bombarded ALL.DAY.LONG with beeps and rings that let you know there is email to be read or facebook posts to be “liked”. Set aside 30 or so minutes a day to catch up on emails or social media. This ONE thing alone has increased my productivity by leaps and bounds!

2) Get rid of the “victim mindset” when it comes to your schedule or your circumstances. I used to be the QUEEN of this! As a new mom, 10 years ago, I would often have a pity party about how I didn’t have any time for myself because I now had a baby that required my 24/7 attention. Of course, I loved my son dearly and wouldn’t have traded caring for him for anything else in the world, but I now realize that my attitude and thoughts around my new situation were causing me to feel miserable. Looking back, I see that I was getting something out of playing the role of a martyr. I enjoyed how others would feel sorry for me when I told them how my time was no longer mine and I was “too busy” to even take a shower. They would pat me on the back and tell me what a great job I was doing. I was getting affirmation out of playing a “victim” of my circumstances. Now I realize that when I’m in the victim mindset, I’m hindering myself from taking ACTION on what I really desire.

For me, I now choose TAKING ACTION over BEING A VICTIM. 🙂

How many times do you say or hear it be said, “I’m too overwhelmed to add anything to my day. I’m just too busy.” What that is saying is that whatever the activity is that is in question isn’t currently a priority. That’s ok! Just be truthful with yourself. There’s no judgment. It just is what it is – not important at the moment.

Consider this: How many of us will JUMP when called upon to send a snack for our kid’s preschool class or sports team. It doesn’t matter if you get the call at 10 pm, you are ON IT! React the same way to the things you say are important to you! If you say it’s important to exercise, for example, you will find a way just like you found a way to make those cookies for your child’s class or team (even though you were tired, it was late at night, or you were feeling overwhelmed).

3) Don’t take on new obligations that are unnecessary. (i.e. Learn to say “NO” sometimes!)

Self-imposed busyness is a way we sabotage our own goals. It’s how we justify not eating right (don’t have time to plan or cook meals) and not exercising (who has time for that?!). An authentic “no” is much more appreciated than a resentful “yes.” Agree? Would you want someone to do something for you that they didn’t want to do? I believe we’d all agree that the answer is no.

4) Prioritize LEISURE time in your own schedule as well as your KIDS’ schedules.

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing” –Lao Tzu

Our kids are scheduled down to the minute these days instead of outside running, playing, building forts, making mud pies, etc. Sports and other extra-curricular activities are important, but they don’t ALL have to be done at once. Set limits. Don’t be addicted to “BUSY.”

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And for all you ladies, make sure that at least 5-10 minutes a day you can relax and enjoy a hot bath, a good book, a leisure walk with the family, or chat with a good friend. This is important to our own psyche and our stress level. It’s not selfish to prioritize meeting your own needs from time to time. I would argue that having your needs met makes you a better mom, wife, daughter, friend, and neighbor. 🙂

What does this have to do with health and fitness?

A lot.

When you don’t prioritize your health and fitness and the health of your family, no one benefits. Don’t be “too busy” to take care of your own physical needs! If you are healthy, active, and feeling alive, you are able to help your friends and family in an even better way – without resentment or being bitter about it.

If you need help, hire a coach to help you. Ain’t no shame in that! I’ve personally had several coaches in my life that have helped me better myself. 🙂

Health and fitness aren’t at the top everyone’s priority list. I get that! For me, it wasn’t for many years. I encourage you, however, to use these same principles in your life to make sure that “busyness” isn’t getting in the way of your TOP priorities whatever they may be.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes that I love about busyness…

“Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.” ~ Lin Yutang, The Importance Of Living

 

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

 

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves” ~Jack Kornfield

 

“The really idle man gets nowhere. The perpetually busy man does not get much further.” ~Sir Heneage Ogilvie

xo -Jill


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Are You Using This Surprising Fat Loss Tool? It’s So EASY Your Dog Can Do It!

Years ago, I was a runner. That was my ONLY mode of exercise for a season. It was easy for me to look around the park at others who were *just* walking and (sad to say) get a little judge-y.

Me (in my head): “If you’re going to make an effort to get out and exercise, RUN! Or at least power walk.”

Well, I’m writing this post today with egg on my face! I’ve come full circle on leisure walking and see it as a MASSIVE yet surprising fat loss tool for living a lean and healthy lifestyle.

Walking is what humans were designed to do. Back in the days of my great-grandparents, most people were healthy and lean without the type of exercise we all do today. They didn’t count calories or take exercise classes…What they did do is walk…ALL.DAY.LONG. 🙂 We can certainly learn a thing or 2 from their example.

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Fat Loss Benefits of Leisure Walking, the Surprising Fat Loss Tool:
Your Action Steps:
  • Walk 30-60 minutes per day whenever possible. Go at a snail’s pace. 🙂
  • If you’re physically able to exercise, combine a leisure walking regimen with short duration, high-intensity workouts a few times each week. This is the perfect fat loss exercise combination.
  • ENJOY the quality time walking with friends, family members, or your furry friends! This is exactly what most of us need in our fast-paced society.
  • If you need support and guidance, join a group like the highly effective FASTer Way to Fat Loss, a 6 Week Boot Camp that Utilizes Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting.

It’s SPRING, so get outside and start this wonderful lean lifestyle habit today!!

Head over to the Facebook post below and let me know YOUR favorite place to walk. Mine is, hands-down, THE BEACH! 😀

~Jill

 


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What a difference a year makes!

Today I celebrate 1 year of Jill Jacobs – Lifestyle Coach! To be more specific, one year ago today, I launched my business facebook page. I took a leap. I spread my wings. I soared into this great adventure…

What an experience it has been so far!! An exciting journey indeed!

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There have been ups and downs and everything in between! Most people have been supportive and have cheered me on as I took on being a momprenuer. And of course, there have been a few naysayers. However, I’ve learned to turn off these negative voices and “just do my thing!”

I’ve had to make a major mindset shift to just be myself and ignore any negativity that arose throughout this year. I discovered that this mindset shift is similar to what it takes to achieve body change. Both take putting one foot in front of the other, making one choice at a time, and simply TAKING ACTION on what I know to do. That has helped me tremendously in my transition from being a stay-at-home-mom to a work-at-home-mom.

I’ve learned so much over the past year and have gotten to know some really neat people. I’d like to take a moment to reflect…

  1. Thankfully, when I started my business, helping others meet their goals was a passion of mine. Had it not been, I wouldn’t have made it a year! Starting a company is a LOT of work and takes so much precious TIME!
  2. Along the same line, time management has been something that I’ve gotten pretty good at this year. It was my weakness starting out but is becoming manageable. It’s still a work in progress as I juggle my biz, my home, homeschooling, being a wife, being a mom, and my personal interests like working out. 😉 It’s getting better each month.
  3. My family is super supportive! We’ve certainly had “growing pains” as we have adjusted to mommy working from home. Thankfully, their love and support of my venture have been above and beyond what I could hope for!
  4. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being in a Mind, Body, and Business Mentorship program with Jill Coleman of JillFit Physiques! Not only have I benefited from her coaching online and via phone, but I’ve met a lot of super AWESOME girls in the group that share similar goals as myself. It’s great to have a top-notch support network! As a group, we’ve chatted on facebook about business, fat loss, mindset, and collaboration. On top of these great discussions, I had the privilege to attend an awesome fat loss seminar, I had an incredible photo shoot, and I just finished up a really informative business retreat in Asheville, NC.
  5. Mindset is EVERYTHING! This applies to business and to body change. This is HUGE!!
  6. The most important aspect of what I do is HELPING others meet their goals. I wouldn’t be a business without my clients. Let me take a moment to express how I feel about them… 🙂

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Yes, I LOVE my clients! They make my job worth doing!! They are such wonderful women who work hard, alongside me as their coach, to figure out their own fat-loss formula. Allow me to share a few things they are saying about their experience…

  • “Jill, you have given me a lifetime’s worth of knowledge on fat loss, muscle gain, and a positive body image. You are my mentor in nutrition.” ~Dr. Erin Kalb
  • “Having the accountability of the group is great…nice to have somewhere to be vulnerable and share successes and weaknesses.”
  • “Most days I’m stuffed but still losing weight! How great is that?”
  • “Short workouts are awesome!”
  • “I can say I’m not hungry at all. I eat 5-6 meals a day and I haven’t gotten the 3 pm crash I use to get. My workouts seem quick and effective but I sweat and I’m sore the next day. That tells me I’m doing something right. I look forward to the next few weeks to see the outcome of my efforts. ~Angie Stone”
  • “Little changes over time make a BIG difference.”
  • “Since starting with Jill and learning a whole new approach to eating.. Like good healthy food.. It’s totally broke my habit of sugar! I now can just get the smallest nibble of anything with real sugar in it and instantly I have the worst headache! So now knowing this, that nibble is not worth it, so it’s finally easy to walk away!”
  • “Lots of protein is awesome and make you feel better! Protein and veggies satisfy blunting the need for so many treats and cheats!”
  • “I am looking tighter and my clothes are fitting me better. People are starting to notice my “arms looking more toned”. Workouts are going great. I am getting stronger, I have been upping all my weights in both kettlebells and cross fit classes. I can do push-ups on my toes and I am deadlifting 200lbs!”
  • “With proper nutrition, hormones and cravings are under control which leads to fat loss.”
  • “Water intake is important.”
  • “I can enjoy meals and feel satisfied! No starvation diets here!”
  • “The next meal can be a fat loss meal…no need to wait til “Monday” ;)”
  • “A good night’s sleep is a great help in living the fat-loss lifestyle (Decreases hunger and cravings, increases energy and motivation!)”
  • You can see more client testimonies HERE and HERE.

On top of feeling better, having more energy, and eating plenty of food, my clients are losing body fat, getting stronger, adding muscle (looking more “toned”), losing inches, and fitting better into their clothes!! This lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. 🙂

As I reflect on the successes of my clients and the success I’ve had at Jill Jacobs – Lifestyle Coaching, I can’t help but feel so much gratitude in my heart! I love what I do. I have a passion for helping others and spread the truth that fat loss does not have to be complex. I look forward to another wonderful and productive year. 😀

Thank YOU so much for being a part of my journey. Thank you for reading my blog. If you are a client, THANK YOU for trusting me to guide you in this aspect of your life. I’m sincerely honored and grateful for everyone (family, friends, clients, coaches, trainers, and all my mentors) who is a part of who I am today. I’m truly blessed!!

xoxo ~Jill


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