As a leader, manager, or entrepreneur, you undoubtedly have a lot on your plate—so how can you possibly be expected to make time for healthy habits? That’s a question I get asked often, and what I keep coming back to is this: Developing healthy routines will keep you focused and energetic. It will significantly decrease the number of sick days you have to take. It will make you a more effective and productive person. It’s something you must treat as a priority, and as a non-negotiable in your daily routine.
Treat Your Health Like a Client
A practical way to do this is to treat your personal wellbeing like it’s a client. That means scheduling time for it. Block out an appointment on your calendar each morning to go to the gym. And don’t stop there. Schedule vacation time and “mental health days,” too.
You can’t just hope for your good intentions to carry the day. Most of us live and die by our calendars, so that’s where you need to show that your wellness time is truly important.
Build Healthy Habits into Your Day
Another suggestion is to work some healthy rhythms into your daily routine. Yes, this might mean waking up a little earlier and hitting the gym—but that’s not all it means.
How about this: As you sip your first cup of morning coffee, don’t dive straight into work emails. Instead, have something positive you can read—a good book, maybe—that will help you ease into your day feeling optimistic and refreshed. Those are the kinds of little habits that make a big difference!
Something else you might consider is finding exercises you can do throughout your day—like doing a little plank in your home office, or going for a quick walk around your office building. Again, these little pockets of physical activity, when worked into your day consistently, can add up.
Think about your health today—and about what you can do to prioritize it, even in the midst of a busy work life.
Dr. Rick Goodman CSP is a thought leader in the world of leadership and one of the most sought after conference keynote speakers on leadership, engagement, and business growth in the United States and internationally.
He is the author of the books Living A Championship Life “A Game Plan for Success” and My Team Sucked “10 Rules That Turned Them Into Rock Stars.” He is also the co-author of the book Jamie’s Journey: Travels with My Dad, written with his sixteen-year-old daughter Jamie.
Dr. Rick is famous for helping organizations, corporations, and individuals with systems, strategies, and solutions that encourage engagement, resulting in increased profits and productivity without having the challenges of micromanaging the process. Some of Dr. Rick’s clients include Heineken, AT&T, Boeing, Cavium Networks, IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Franklin Templeton Investments.
You can contact Dr. Rick at www.rickgoodman.com or call 888-267-6098.