Priorities and Time Management

Well, this week flew by! That’s always a good thing (oh hi, weekend!), but, when it feels like you couldn’t ever stop to catch your breath, it can be stressful.  I felt like I was never ahead, always sprinting to stay up to the minute… sometimes even falling behind and feeling unprepared. Yuck.

When these weeks hit, something has to give and that thing was my personal time (aka, writing and blogging time). I love blogging and have set a goal of getting three posts out a week. I’m not sure how lofty a goal this is – I don’t have any standards to compare it to. I just do my best to get it accomplished. This week, not a chance!

This has nothing to do with this post, but it made me laugh so hard.

This has nothing to do with this post, but it made me laugh so hard.

For those of you who know me, or have read enough of my blog, know that I interpret this as a failure. It bothered me all week long, I kept trying to find / make time to write, but it was truly impossible. In addition to work, extra classes at the gym, client meetings, and new client prep, thinking about the blog actually added stress into my week. Finally, I just accepted the fact that this week had other priorities, and that had to be ok.

Establishing priorities is crucial when you’re trying to reach a goal. All goals require time devoted to them in some way, shape, or form, and some days/weeks will be more challenging to find that time – that’s just life!


Obviously work has to be the first priority (being an adult is seriously overrated, but we have to pay the bills), but after that, how do you rank things? For some people, keeping their house spotless might trump everything else, for me this gets pushed to the weekend (and even then, chores get ranked and many don’t get done). Eating is a necessity, especially for our lifestyle, so meal prep and packing is a non-negotiable each night. Training is a highlight of my day, and it’s been moved to 5 am to ensure we have time for it each day – there’s nothing to compete with it at that time!  That leaves personal and relaxation time… if there’s any time left in the day. Sadly, this is the area I’m quick to drop out of my day, productivity > relaxation.

I’m a fan of being busy and working towards your goals. Sometimes that might mean some weeks are more hectic than others and your free time is severely lacking. However, be aware that you can’t always keep that pace up. At some point you need to step back and take a breather, put some focus into yourself and those close to you. It’s really easy to get lost in the grind. Just make sure you find yourself from time to time and do something fun!

On that note – enjoy your weekend! We’ve got plenty of plans… to have fun 😉

But really, thanks.

But really, thanks.

About Ashleigh

I'm passionate about health and fitness. I work as a Health Promotion Specialist, a group fitness instructor, and also a coach for physique competitors / weight loss clients. I grew up as a competitive athlete, and have continued with this passion as a Women's Physique competitor. Research and writing is another interest of mine, which I use to share my knowledge with the general public.
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