Limited Time to Exercise? Some Time Management Talk
If you ever found yourself wishing there were more hours in the day, you are not alone. Are you overwhelmed because your to-do list continues to grow steadily? Do you feel like it is nearly impossible to make time for a work out for even 5 minutes a day? Time management can help. We are always going to have a long list of things to do. The trick is to move your exercise up the list as a priority rather than entirely off the list. Organize your to-do list so that you spend more time on the things you need to get done and less time on the things that can wait.
5 Ways to Use Time More Effectively with Time Management
Procrastination – This is a killer! Have you ever counted up the minutes (or hours) you spend on social media or surfing the web? Maybe you think a few minutes in the morning, a few minutes on your lunch break, before dinner, after dinner, before bed is not that much. Those minutes add up. Soon, you might even find those were the 30 minutes you thought you didn’t have for exercise. If you already know you are prone to procrastination, you need to work harder.
Be Realistic – For any task, there needs to be an appropriate deadline. Don’t stretch yourself beyond your target. Be realistic in setting your goals to make fitting in some exercise time more manageable.
Multitasking – Although we are taught that multitasking is a desirable skill, in reality, it just means you are not completely focused on any one task. Your focus is divided between tasks which could hinder your productivity.
Learn to say no (politely) – If you know you are already in a time crunch, do not agree to take on any more additional tasks or run extra errands. It just sets you up for failure which may lead to additional stress.
Get an early start – According to studies, a common trait shared by most CEOs is that they all wake up early. That allows you the opportunity to either start your day with a great workout or get a jump on the day.
A good practice is to make a list the night before of the things you need to get done the next day. That way you have a plan. List them from most important to least important. It is okay if some of the things carry over to the next day. Prioritizing exercise and keeping it at the top of the list won’t always be easy but staying on track with your health and fitness goals is necessary. Not a list person? There are many apps and planners that you can utilize to help manage your time. Find the right way to carve space for exercise effectively by securing a system that works for you and then commit to it!