It’s never a dull week at work, and I’ve been constantly trying to plan my time both around work and my personal life. To me, maintaining this balance is crucial because I get REALLY cranky and anxious once I’m not able to get stuff done on time.
To be able to attain that balance, I’ve had to think about what my non-negotiables are.
Non-negotiables are activities or people that I will not compromise on, and will prioritize for the betterment of my mental and physical health.
1) Exercise - when I have not exercised for 2 - 3 days, be prepared to see an extremely cranky, lethargic Jamie. Even if I have a ton of work waiting for me, exercise is still something I will prioritize above anything. Without exercise, I’m not able to function at my best, and I’ll be super low on endorphins (therefore my lousy mood).
Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. - Elle Woods, Legally Blonde
The human body is made to move, so once I get my regular exercise in, I’m always ready to take on the world.
2) 7-8 hours of sleep
is now also a non-negotiable. I had never prioritized sleep in my life. Everyone used to say that ‘sleep is for the weak’ right? I found that how terribly wrong I was. Check out the article I wrote this week on ‘Sleep: The Underrated Habit’
to learn more about my experience with sleep.
As mentioned in one of my previous newsletters ‘Removing Optionality To Cultivate Discipline’
, writing my weekly article and newsletter is another non-negotiable
. These have to be sent out weekly in a timely manner, whether that means getting up earlier or staying up a little later to spend time on writing - it just has to be done. No compromises.
4) Last but not least - my loved ones. These people are my number 1 non-negotiables. I will drop ANYTHING if I know I need to be there for them. Family first, beyond anything else.
Be selfish with your time, because if you’re not going to prioritize your life, someone else will.
I completely agree with it, and live by this quote now.
What are some of your Non-negotiables? I’d be curious to know. Please reply and share with me what they are!
Till next week!