Stop Multitasking: Time Management Tips to Help your Diabetes treatment

Jackie Smith Health Guide

    I can’t do it all. There are some people who can, and I commend them. I admire them. I want to be them. They can have a successful career, keep a beautiful home, be the wife every man dreams of, mother three little ones, care for their ailing mother, volunteer for charities, garden, refurbish antique furniture, solve soduku puzzles and so on. Not me.


    I rush about trying to accomplish everything, tasks are done haphazardly and I end up seeming like the biggest flake in town. Worst of all, I let these commitments take center stage while I shuffle off making excuses about how I’m too busy to exercise or eat well.

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    I know. You’ve heard this from me before.


    I’ve been fooling myself. I kept thinking that I would find a balance of all the things I’ve committed myself to doing but I found each week that even one unexpected event or added task would send my whole plan out of whack. What suffers as a result? My credibility? Sure – but ultimately my health is not improving and in fact, I’ve spent this spring sidelined by allergies which have developed into one months-long cold.


    That’s it!


    So, from here on out I’m going to stop trying to multi-task and just singe-task (thank you Leo Babuta who writes at It’s his idea.)


    What is essential? What furthers my life goals?

    1)         My job and not doing home things while at work.

    2)         Being at home and not doing work things while at home.

    Or as Benjamin Franklin would say “Let all things have their places: let each part of your business have its time.”

    3)         Getting my type 2 diabetes under control. I will not get a second chance.


    Actually, let me switch those up. Number three should be number one.


    With that done, what in my life does not add to those three, er, focal points?

    I don’t have the time to donate. From here on out, I will be saying no to commitments and requests that aren't on this shortlist.


    I’m on the board of directors of two organizations. It was an honor to be selected but these volunteer positions require attending monthly meetings, attendance to all events (with one or two per organization a month), plus all the work associated with those events.  That’s at least eight hours of meetings and events and just as many to complete related responsibilities.


    If I want to I could still network at the events I WANT to attend. Not to mention, I’m the queen of excuses and that time adds up to at least 4 nights I didn’t go to the gym and ended up eating pizza (party food is usually awful).


    I’m sending my resignation letters today.


    Two down.

    Wow. I already feel relieved.

    Meanwhile, stop me before I join a book club, the neighborhood association or log in from “Jackie’s Couch” on Foursquare.


    My next step will literally be to take steps. I’m starting over and starting small. Tomorrow I will go to the gym or go for a walk first thing in the morning. It’s the most important thing I need to do, I should do it first. Better 15 minutes than nothing at all. No checking emails until I get to the office. No getting sucked into Good Morning America. I can listen to the news in the car on the way to the office. I'll let you know how I do - now that I've had this epiphany that time management is more than how many things you can check off your to-do list.

    Where do you lose time? What nonessential activities can you cut from your schedule to make more time for exercise?

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Published On: May 14, 2010