As a busy professional, you already know how important planning ahead for projects, events, presentations, etc can be for the outcome & success in your career or business.
But guess what? If your health is slipping by the wayside (no matter how major or minor), in order to get off the slippery slope, and onto more solid ground, you need a plan.
This isn’t rocket science, but it can be so hard to commit to ONE MORE THING.
Hey, I totally get it.
I have “all the things” going on, just like you.
Yet there’s one skill that I’ve committed to that keeps me on the up & up with work/life balance AND my health goals.
It’s the commitment to planning ahead.
When you plan ahead for what you want, you’re more likely to achieve it.
This is because planning ahead helps you activate the part of your brain that’s more sophisticated. The Pre-Frontal Cortex.
It’s the part that loves (and is very good at) reasoning and making practical decisions.
On the flip side, when you don’t plan ahead for what you want (to eat healthier, exercise more, meditate, wake up earlier, etc), you become more programmed to use what I call the “knee-jerk” part of your brain.
That’s the Limbic System. The part of your brain that controls instinct, mood & emotions.
You can easily guess what part of your brain you want activated more than the other, right?
If you have ANY health goals you want to work on, you have to keep that Pre-Frontal Cortex working, every step of the way.
This is the “non-sexy” stuff that isn’t talked about much, but is the 6 degrees of separation from success.
It’s actually pretty easy to get started.
Here are 3 steps to make planning ahead work for you:
- Decide what you want. Way too often, my clients get caught up in indecision. It’s usually because they’re trying to people-please, or they’re stuck in fear from past (lack of) results. Truth is…none of that is relevant. There’s power that comes from just making a decision. It doesn’t have to be the “right” one. Just decide.
- Put it in writing. Want to eat healthier? Write down what “eating healthier” looks like for you. Then write down what you’re eating for breakfast/lunch/dinner the next day. Start by just planning 24 hrs in advance. Every night before you go to bed, let yourself know what you’re eating the next day by writing it down. This frees up mental space, leaving you with one less thing to think or stress about.
- Commit to the practice. Planning ahead takes thought and commitment. Remember, if you’re not putting thought into planning for your health, you’re using the lazy, “knee-jerk” part of your brain that just reacts to your moods, emotions and instinct.
Instead, keep your sophisticated brain activated & strong by taking the time write down everything with thought and consideration. And stay committed, even when you fall off track.
Again, you already know the importance of planning in your professional life. It’s no different for you personally.
Don’t fall for the “lack” thinking of “I don’t have enough time”. You DO have time for what you value.
Value yourself enough to plan ahead for what you want.
You’ll ultimately free up more time in your day.
You’ll free up more mental space, and reduce stress.
You’ll have more energy & feel a greater sense of freedom and empowerment when you plan ahead.
If you’ve been struggling with work-life balance, and your health is suffering because of it, I invite you to schedule a FREE Mini Session. We’ll talk about your current struggles & how I can support you. I’d love to help you create your own unique plan for success!