No Time? No Problem!

No Time? No Problem! How to fit (almost) all of it in…Danielle Laporte

Time…it’s not always on your side. This is one of the biggest struggles people face when trying to get healthy. I’m going to give you some pointers on how to make time your bitch not the other way around. First a little story. When I first decided I would commit to this blog (see my previous post), I had a goal in mind. I wanted to teach people everything I was learning on healthy living, fitness, spirituality, and self-improvement techniques that have improved my life quality. You see, I am a self-proclaimed self-improvement JUNKIE! I LOVE anything self-help related and would read it all if I had the time. So taking on this blog again meant I would have to manage my time better. I, like many of you out there, have things that need to get done every day.  I have two kids (11 months and 4) that need to be taken care of, I HAVE to go to work EVERYDAY, I have to cook 3 meals a day, I probably should clean ;), I need to do the dishes (those Dr. Brown bottles are KILLER), I have to make sure I am taking care of my marriage, I have to set away time for working out, and I HAVE to sleep. I’m sure you can relate to these and I’m sure you could add even more things that YOU have to do. But, I knew there were other things that I was doing during my 24 hours that were not really serving me or my goals. So I took a closer look at how I was spending my time and readjusted. For instance, every time I gave my daughter her bottle I would go on Facebook or Instagram while she ate. Now this was only 5 minutes a few times a day but I found that if I used those 5 minutes to do some research on my next blog post I would feel much more accomplished and be a little bit ahead. Another example was going home for my lunch break. I only like about 5 minutes from work but that’s 10 minutes that I was wasting driving. So I started packing my lunch and catching up on my (self-help, of course) reading! Those are just 2 examples of the small changes that I made. Now let’s get started on how you can manage your time better.

These pointers that I am going to give you here have worked for me. They are proven. I follow these, daily! But here’s the catch, you have to be committed to your goals and what you are trying to do. If you don’t have that commitment, you have nothing. If you don’t have the motivation to workout you are not going to give up anything to do it. Stop making excuses and get real with yourself about what you want to do and achieve. Set some goals for yourself.

 

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  1. Check your priorities. What is important to you? What do you want to accomplish? So you want to get healthy and find time to work out. OK, FIND the time! Stop making excuses. I wake up at 5:00AM just so I can get my 12-24 minute workout (yeah that’s all I do, and it works!) and meditation n time in. That morning routine is non-negotiable me-time. It gets done (almost) everyday! 24 hours is a long time. Start doing what is really important to you. Once you start, you will build momentum that will keep you going. But you have to commit and you have to start. So make sure you know what is REALLY important. Is it really important for you to watch Mob Wives? Or can you spend that time doing something that has more meaning to you? Maybe you can watch it on the treadmill?
  2. Look at how you are spending your time. Become REALLY aware. At the end of the day jot down exactly where your time goes.
    Washed dishes from 9:00-9:05AM and from 7:00-7:15PM
    Folded laundry while watching TV 10:00-10:25pm
    Checked out my social media sites during lunch 12:00-12:30pm
  3. Make adjustments. Next to each of your daily “time wasters” write down how you can change what you do to better serve you.
    Washed dishes from 9:00-9:05AM and from 7:00-7:15PM DON’T WASH DISHES IN AM & RUN DISHWASHER AT NIGHT (yes I do this almost EVERY day!)
    Checked out my social media sites during lunch 12:00-12:30pm MAKE GROCERY LIST & RESEARCH HEALTHY RECIPES
    Folded laundry while watching TV 10:00-10:25pm WORKOUT

    Is there someone who can help you with these adjustments? Maybe you can ask your husband to fold the laundry once a week while you work out. Or maybe your babysitter can watch the kids for 30 minutes once a week so you can finally finish the book you are writing. Get creative and don’t be afraid to ask for help and support. The people that love you want to help you succeed.

  4. Lastly, schedule, schedule, schedule! Use a planner, your phone, your wall calendar. It doesn’t matter what you use as long as you use it and stay consistent with it. Consistency builds habits. This is what my alarm schedule looks like. Make your own. Test what works. Stay committed and you WILL be successful.

Alarm

Tell me what it is you want to do and how you are going to adjust your time to fit it all in!

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