How often do we hear, “I am so busy!” I couldn’t possibly do that.
One of my very first discussions with my clients is their schedule. I have two VERY IMPORTANT questions in particular.
“When will you go to the gym?”
“When will you meal plan and prep your meals for the week?”
And today I am asking YOU, “when will you find the time to do these things?”
Are you using time as an excuse not to exercise and eat healthy?
Well if you are, I am calling you out on your bull***t!
Do you want to know how you can ‘magically’ create more time in your schedule to do things like exercise regularly?
The first thing you need to do is analyze your time for time wasters and rabbit holes. Do you ever get on Facebook to scroll the feed and all of a sudden 2 HOURS HAVE PASSED? It’s super common for most of us to do this but for me, I noticed I had a much bigger culprit: my telly!
I realized that even though I may not have been watching it, it was white noise in the background because IT WAS ALWAYS ON. It was causing me to get distracted and therefore I was performing my work tasks slower than I normally would have if I had shut it off and focused more.
What was the solution? For me it was not turning on the tv. I realized that it wasn’t giving me joy and wasn’t adding anything to my life. So, I tried an experiment. I turned off the tv and limited it to 2 shows a day or even every other day.
Do you know what happened? I felt lighter. I got my SHIT DONE. I regained time that I thought I had lost and increased my productivity in my business. My mind was clearer and now that I had clarity, I could plan what I wanted to do in my business and do what gave me joy in my life.
After 6 months, I ended up getting rid of it because I no longer missed it. Instead I made space in my tiny apartment for things that I really wanted and used.
Our lives are like that too. When you remove the time stealers and instead replace it with things that are important, you in turn, become happier and more productive.
So here’s what you need to do; take a critical look at your routine or schedule. Journal your days by keeping track of your time. What tasks are you doing and how long are they taking? Should they take that long? If I really focused and was uninterrupted, could I do it faster?
Ask yourself these questions and then take a look at what you wrote with a critical eye. Are you using your best time blocks to do you most productive tasks, rewarding tasks, or tasks that need concentration?
You need to do the appropriate tasks at the appropriate times so you can make the most of the time that you do have.
Just to review:
1. Journal your time for a couple of days writing down your schedule and tasks.
2. Critically look to see if you are using the time appropriately. Ask yourself, when I have an hour of quiet time, am I doing a task that requires my concentration or could I do that task while I am folding laundry, for example.
3. Find the time wasters and joy stealers. GET RID OF THEM if possible!
4. Create a new schedule with tasks scheduled at the best times.
5. REWARD YOURSELF with an extra workout, trying a healthy new recipe you didn’t have time to make, spend it on some self-care “me time”.
When it comes down to it, you will find time for the things/tasks that are MOST IMPORTANT to you.
So now getting back to that time you don’t have to work out, when is your next workout scheduled?
When will you be meal planning and prepping for the week? Send me a note and let me know where you “found” the time!