Any goal worth achieving is going to take sacrifice. When determining your goals (while setting your priorities and systems), it’s important to remember: motivation will come and go, but habits are the backbone of progress and results!
James Clear of Atomic Habits writes, “A simple question to run your daily decisions through: Will this cost me time in the future or save me time in the future?”
Being organized may seem like a lot of work initially, but it’s a huge time saver on the back end. That being said, it will only be worth it if you believe that the effort you’ll put in will save you time in the end. As coaches we tell this to our clients frequently, but the truth is you need to try it out for yourself and see how it impacts your life.
Is the payoff worth the extra effort?
For most of us the answer is, YES! The organization and prep work we do ahead of time to hit our numbers IS WORTH IT. Logging our day into MFP the day before is worth it. Planning our meals for the week and ordering groceries BEFORE our fridge is empty is worth it. Because we know that it’s a buildup of our daily habits that will help us achieve the results we want.
Being prepared with our nutrition takes huge pressure off our plate. It’s one less thing to think about! When we know what we’re having for dinner, we can really lean into the comfort and structure that macros provides. When we feel in control, it trickles down to every facet of life. We’re able to think clearer and feel less overwhelmed. Finishing up the to-do list seems less overwhelming. In addition we PHYSICALLY feel better. We don’t get blood sugar dips or sugar crashes. We don’t wake up feeling gross from eating too many cookies or having too much alcohol. We are using less mental energy during the day trying to figure out what we’ll have for dinner, and are more inclined to work out and go to bed early. In addition, the better the mood that we’re in, the better mom we can be to our kids.
Staying on point with nutrition is the best form of self care that we can gift ourselves. We have to eat every day, so there are always opportunities to make it benefit us.
To reach any goal, there is going to be some sort of sacrifice, but it pays off in the end. Think about your goals and start setting up priorities and systems in your life that will SAVE YOU TIME in the future.