Today at Ontario’s Doctors, we look at a habit has the potential to change your physical and mental health. A new Globe and Mail article discusses “the most important 20 minutes of the day” – planning.
It’s crucial that people protect their time like the Night’s Watch guards the wall in the Game of Thrones. This means declining interesting opportunities. This means choosing one person over another to schedule that long meeting with. This means saying no without worrying about hurting someone’s feelings. This means realizing that saying no today allows you to say yes tomorrow to something that means more.
So what impact could taking 20 minutes to plan a day have on someone’s health? It could mean scheduling a 30 minute run as one of the day’s goals. A list of accomplishments at the end of the day could boost happiness and help you sleep easier.
Tim Ferriss suggests writing three to five things down and then choosing one task to commit time to completing. Gina Trapani chooses her most important thing or MIT. Choose or create a system that works for you.
Whatever it is you choose to do in order to plan, be sure to include tasks and goals that could make a difference for your physical and mental health.