“Balance your Buckets”

“Balance your Buckets”
By Colin Farrell

In front of you are three buckets. It is your task to carry these buckets for the rest of your life. Surely, it will be arduous; but there is no way around it, these buckets are coming with you everywhere you go. You have a specified amount of liquid, and you may fill the buckets as you wish. The buckets are to be carried on a yoke across your back, you may also shift the buckets from left to right across the yolk to redistribute the weight as needed. From time to time, you may pour liquid out of one bucket and into another. There will be days in which one bucket will be empty and all of your liquid will be in just two; there will be days in which the liquid will be evenly distributed across all three. For better or for worse, there will come a time when there is not a drop of liquid in two out of your three buckets, and the last bucket is completely full and, maybe, even overflowing.

Your buckets are labeled as follows:

  • Nutrition
  • Lifestyle
  • Fitness

The liquid you have to fill each of these buckets is your fixed amount of time and energy. With that quantity being fixed, it is up to you to decide which buckets to fill and how much to fill each of them. As mentioned before, there are days where you can fill one or two pretty high, and the third remains somewhat empty. The goal is balance. Depending upon what’s going on in your day-to-day life, at work, and at home, make the necessary adjustments, but always aim for long-term balance.

If you have very young children, especially for new parents, you will not have a lot of time or energy or even the ability to ensure that you have low stress, are getting lots of sleep, and hitting all the aspects of your morning routine. Your lifestyle bucket will be a little bit empty. With that in mind, it is important that you pour a little extra time and energy into your nutrition and fitness buckets.

If you are on the road all the time for work, and rarely have the opportunity to eat at home, it will be hard to maintain strong and healthy nutritional habits, or at least harder than for someone who is at home seven days a week. If that is the case, it becomes more important to ensure you get to the gym, do some more mobility work, get lots of sleep, and ensure proper hydration levels in addition to well-structured morning and night time routines, etc.

If you are injured, and getting into the gym is not something your doctor is on board with yet, it becomes exponentially more important that you invest more time, energy, and effort into ensuring your nutrition is on point, you should be getting lots of sleep, mobilizing as much as your body will allow, and reducing stress levels where possible.

Balance is key. Your life does not revolve around ensuring these three buckets are equally filled 365 days a year; that is simply not realistic. It is up to us to constantly pour from one bucket into another, and shift their positions across the yolk.