Sometimes, life gets busy. You have kids and suddenly you have no free time. A family member gets sick and you start helping them out 4 times a week after work. You decide to do a part-time masters degree while working full time. Or, like me, you start a dietetic internship.
Life is crazy busy for me right now guys, especially since starting my latest rotation in GI surgery. I’m often at the hospital at 8 am or earlier, and there until 5 pm or later. And then I have to jam my evenings full of studying for the next day, working on some ongoing projects, making dinner, packing my lunch, and maybe working out or relaxing if I have time.
Needless to say, I simply don’t have time for everything, which used to really stress me out and make me feel like a failure. But I’ve started to realize I just can’t do it all. So I’ve adopted the motto “Do what you can”.
I can’t workout 5 days a week like I used to. So I just do what I can. Some days I’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an hour long workout at the gym. Other times I’ll squeeze in a 20 minute Jillian Michaels video. And the rest of the time I just have to count the 10 minute walk to/from my car and the walk up 4 flights of stairs as my workout for the day.
I can’t pursue all of my hobbies. I obviously love cooking and make it one of my priorities when I have the time, but I also love reading, yoga, watching my favourite tv shows, seeking out new music, perusing fashion blogs… but I don’t have the time to do all of these on a regular basis, so I do what I can. I may be 6 episodes behind in Grey’s Anatomy and crawling through my current book at a snail’s pace, but I still try to fit them in when I can because they make me happy.
I can’t cook dinners from scratch every night. Remember my days in university when I had time to do that? I’m looking back and laughing at how easy I had it back then. So I just do what I can. I try to make a batch of something like soup or quinoa salad on the weekends to have on hand for the week. I try to cook on the weeknights when I have time. I try to get in my 5-10 fruits and vegetables per day. But sometimes those things don’t happen, and that’s okay.
I can’t make this blog into what I’d like it to be. I have this vision of a blog with gorgeous food photos, new recipes 1-2 times per week, and a couple of nutrition posts each month. But I don’t have the time to spend hours recipe testing or perfecting my photography or researching nutrition topics outside of the studying I already have to do for my internship. So I just do what I can and accept that my blog – while not professional or polished by any means – is still something to be proud of.
I can’t find time to go to the dentist… actually that’s a bad example. I really should go to the dentist!
Anyways, point is sometimes we can’t do it all. And rather than getting ourselves all in a tizzy about not being able to fit everything is, I’ve found that it’s way better to just stop stressing, accept it, and settle for what we can do. Because when you think about it – what we can do is still pretty impressive!
Do you ever struggle with not having time to do it all?