Take Back Your Time

You may have not known this, but there is an election about to happen.  I know, shocking!

And as important, as it is to choose a candidate, there are choices you have to make daily that may be even more important – how you spend your time is one of those decisions.

If there is one thing I’ve heard more than anything else for working out, it’s “I don’t have enough time.”

Yet, when’s the last time you actually looked at how you spend your time.

Step 1 – Track How You’re Spending Your Time

Track your time 300x158 Take Back Your TimeIf we had problems with cash flow, we would make a budget, which would give us a better idea as to how you were spending your money.  Yet most of us don’t really know how we spend our days.

Some people are truly productive, some are good at wasting time and others are good depending on the day.

So if you use “I don’t have enough time” as an excuse to not workout or eat healthy, I want you for one weekend day (today) and one weekday (tomorrow), to simply fill out how you spend your time.

Attached is a sheet you can use to track your time or you can use a time tracking app, such as Toggl or Hours Keeper (iPhone | Android).

Step 2 – Become Aware of Where You Have Time Gaps that You can Change

Then, after you’ve tracked how you spend your time for a couple of days, ask yourself these 5 questions:

1 – How are you spending your time?

Are you spending your time doing things that you truly enjoy and things you “have to do” or are you wasting time on Facebook or other activities that don’t leave you feeling satisfied with how you’re spending your time.

2 – What are your top priorities, from a purely, how you’re spending your time perspective?

Don’t judge yourself for it, but simply take notice of it and be aware of how you’re spending your time.

3 – How does the time you spend match with what you want from your life?

4 – What are the activities that are your “time suckers?”  Things that take up time, but don’t really benefit you.

5 – How can you start to change your “time suckers” for activities that are more aligned with your priorities? 

Time is the only invaluable resource we have.  It’s the one thing that we all have the same amount of each day and the only difference is in how we use it.

Step 3 – Find a Way to Clear-up some Time

Whenever I open my Facebook app, I look at the clock and literally catch myself saying, “Ok, only 3 minutes.”

25 minutes later, I’m like, “I could’ve gotten so much more done!”

The Facebook app is a time sucker for many people.  One of the ways I’ve drastically reduced that is by getting rid of any and all notifications and as such, it doesn’t draw me in as often.

Cutting down on a time sucker can sometimes be as easy as getting rid of notifications.

Planning is another.  Sometimes, simply making a list of things you want and need to do, and then prioritizing them with a time-goal to hit each one, allows you to focus on the things you want to do more often.

When I make workout routines for people, I often place the most important things first – the movements that have the most impact for the client, while moving them towards their goals most effectively and that they won’t necessarily do on their own.

This way, as the workout progresses, if we need to spend more time on a primary movement, we can and if we don’t get to something that’s not as important it doesn’t impede their workout or progress as much.

This is how you should schedule and plan your days – with the things that matter most having a priority over less important things.

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Learning to say ‘No’ is another way to clear up time.

Saying no can be towards events that won’t be aligned with your priorities or it can be no to a current responsibility that takes too much precedent over your time.

I’ve given you three examples as to how you can clear-up some time, but feel free to be as inventive as you want.

Step 4 – Start with one 15-Minute Time Gap Doing Something Important to You

Now that you’ve found a way to find more time within your day.  Use that time gap, at least 15-minutes per day, to do something that’s more aligned with your priorities.

If you can find more time, then use it.  But if not, start with at least 15-minutes.

Summing Up

Sometimes things are hard to change.  Sometimes it’s just as easy as not getting notifications on your phone.

Finding and reprioritizing 15-minutes of your day can sometimes be simple, just by becoming aware of how you’re spending your time.  Fill out the Time Tracker for this Sunday and Monday and see where you can find those 15-minutes.  Cheers!

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