What’s your time really worth?

For each and every one of you this question will have a different answer. Many may think in monetary value. Sure you can find all kinds of calculators online that breakdown exactly how much your time in hours really cost, but that’s not what it means to me.

I listened to a speech by the CEO of Coca-Cola enterprises (yeah, yeah soda is bad for you and all that jazz) and what he said really made me re-evaluate what my time means to me.

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air.

You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit- and you’re keeping

all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it,

it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made

of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged

or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for

balance in your life.”

Now why do I share this speech with you? As a nutrition coach, friend, co-worker, and someone who put their health (physical and mental well-being) as a priority I am told almost daily how others view me as an anomaly. It’s a shock to me that so many individuals tell me flat out how HARD it is to, in essence, take care of themselves. How hard it is to eat healthy, how there isn’t enough time to be active, or that work is too busy to take time to themselves or their families.

I’ve been given these and many excuses along the way, but let me ask you this – do you value your health? Because hard to me is months of pain and recovery after a bypass surgery due to a lifetime of processed foods, stress, and little activity. Hard to me is being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and taking daily insulin shots, hard to me is not setting an example of health (physically but more importantly mentally) for my children.

Do I sound harsh, yes! The harsh reality is we don’t balance and prioritize as we should. The biggest imbalance that I hear regularly from others is how little time and effort they put into themselves. I implore each of you to evaluate your priorities and take a small step each day to strive for balance in your life. Place a high priority on yourself – your health and happiness – because taking care of you is the same as taking care of others. Without a doubt you CANNOT put 100% into your work, family, or friends without first taking care of you. Be active, eat healthy, and laugh often.

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Laura Balla

Laura Balla

Bios Nutrition Coach