“I’ve been stress eating waaayyy too much, Paul. I know I shouldn’t, but I am so busy at work and the kids are home all day. My whole frickin day is like one endless Zoom call and my boss always wants to connect live at like 7 pm, after all his crap is done for the day. So, I get off that Zoom at like 7:30-7:45 and still have dozens of emails to get through, but I am wiped out and starving. So, I crack a beer and shovel chips down my gullet. I know, I know… I’ve gotta do better, need to figure out some sorta work-life balance,” reports my friend and online client, Dan.

Hmmm… work-life balance. Sounds nice doesn’t it??

Sure seems hard to come by. Harder to sustain. Quite elusive.

Could it be so because it doesn’t really exist? Personally, I think it’s a myth. There is no such thing.

Ultimately, what people mean when they speak of work-life balance, is that they want less of the former, work, and more of the latter, life.

In truth, what they really desire is more TIME – time to spend on what’s important to them – what matters.

The thing about time is… we have all of it that we will ever be given.

I’ve said this before…

Money comes and goes. Friends come and go. Time only goes.

Too often, we squander it by putting second things first. Remember the adage, put first things first?

One of the saddest things I have to contend with as a coach… watching genuinely good people consistently invest this perishable resource on things that dilute and distract from what matters most to them, from their essential.

Ultimately, we don’t need more time. We need to make better choices with the finite amount we have.

We have all of it we will ever be given. We’ve got to put first things first by investing that precious resource on what matters most, what’s truly essential.

Then, we MUST jealously guard that time like the precious treasure that it is.

Most of us have an intrinsic sense of what’s essential in our lives, but it may a sort of hazy notion.

Regular coaching calls are built into all of our Online Coaching packages. It’s during these calls when we help our clients, like Dan, identify what’s most essential to them and work on strategies to preserve and protect their time.

We’d welcome the opportunity to work with you or your friends and family. Best part of Online Personal Training… you get to train anywhere and anytime that works best for you, thus optimizing the time you have. If there’s someone in your life who might be struggling to put first things first, please pass this along and encourage them to reach out to us.

Hit us back with a message if you’d like some guidance on identifying your essential.

Be strong and have fun!

Paul Reilly

Paul is the Owner and Founder of MidStrong. He created MidStrong in 2017 to train men and women in midlife who are busy with work and family to build muscle and burn fat so they can look and feel better than they did in their 20’s. MidStrong is making Functional Fitness training safe and fun, and inclusive. He and his wife, Julie also own and operate MidStrong locally, their bricks and mortar business, previously called ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. It is a boutique fitness center specializing in training folks in and around Westborough through the challenges of midlife for more than five years.