How often do you say “I do not have enough time in the day!” It is hard to deny that every hour of the day you’re constantly pulled in a million directions. We struggle from one task to the next trying to conquer the world, and most times we feel defeated because we did not get anything accomplished or “enough”.
I know many of us talk about time management or the lack of time we have to get all of our priorities completed. I bet this is the number one excuse I get form people who don’t work out or prepare meals that support a healthier lifestyle. They typically identify that time is the reason they are not working out or making better choices.
How do you look at time?
We all have the same 24 hours in a day!
Then how do some individuals get all these tasks accomplished and have multiple priorities, but also find time to get their workout in?
The next question would be how do you look at time spent verses time invested?
When you think about time spent your mindset typically goes in the direction of lack of, limitations, or waste. When you think about time invested your mindset will go more with growth, abundance, advancing, or making things better.
I know this might be an interesting view of how to look at time.
Of course, this does not mean you are only going to spend time completing activities that are in the categories of time invested. It is just not realistic! You know you have to clean your office and take out the trash every once in a while, otherwise your co-works would never step foot near your office.
When you really look at time and how you chose to spend it will correlate to your goals and priorities. You see we cannot manage time, remember we all have the same 24 hours in a day. The thing you can manage is your activity within the time you are given.
If you study highly productive people you will identify a few common traits. One thing that you will see is how these productive people use schedule. They will block out activities and priorities that are going to move them closer to their goals. The schedule and activities they are performing will be treated like the Holy Grail, and they will consistently evaluate how well they are using their time. I know it can be very demanding to stick with a schedule in this fast paced word of social media, and on demand information overload.
Another trait that you will see in most highly productive people is their health. These individuals will make working out and consuming better nutrition a priority. They understand the importance of having energy and the clarity that is provided from better nutrition and workouts. If you do not have your health there is no way your productivity is going to be very high.
The simple fact is, if you want to be fit and be healthy you have to make it a priority.
Consistently working out and choosing better nutrition is critical aspects of your health and well-being. If you can’t make time in your schedule for working out and planning better meals then how are you going to keep up with all the demands of life?
Remember that you need to invest time into yourself!
Make sure your health and well-being is a priority. This will help you keep up with that grueling schedule and you will have better clarity for productivity.
If your health is not a priority and you are just too busy with all of your commitments to block some time for a workout and better nutrition. Then you might want to look at trimming back your commitments and reevaluate.
Here is some things that have help me with my goals and priorities”
- Define your goals and be clear on what is important to you
- How are you spending your days? Are you working towards your goals or are there hours/days lost on things that just aren’t that important?
- Would being more organized help you do things more efficient?
- Can you put a better system in place (or one at all) to review your goals, plan your objectives, and schedule your tasks?
- Can you trim some things out of your life (trade late night TV for sleep), delegate some things, and limit time spent on some things (pick set times and use a timer for Facebook)?
Post having our son TIME was even more precious. I went back and forth trying to find the right time to workout, go to the grocery store and then actually cook the food I bought.
It took us about a year…ha…to figure it out but it has been a work in progress.
Tony and I trade time so that we each can get our workout in, yes it does mean we get up early, but that is what worked for us. Find the time the best suit your life.
Then I just started ordering Amazon Now! Wow, life saver!
EVERYTHING IS A CHOICE. You choose your schedule.
So, are you spending time or investing it? If you’re investing it, are you getting the return you’re looking for?
I know you can do it and sometimes it takes a few trials before you find the right combo, I know it did for me. But once you get in that rhythm there is no stopping how good you will feel!