How to Get More Time in Your Day to Workout
When it comes to fitness most people will say they don't have enough time. I am guilty as charged for using this all the time. I don't have time to work out during lunch because my day is too busy. I don't have time to workout in the morning. I just don't have TIME.
But what if I told you it was a lie. That in fact you DO have the time — we all have the same amount of time in a day — you just may not be utilizing it the most efficiently?
Now first things first - this post is NOT about how to make your workout itself more effective. It's about changing small habits to carve out that critical time for exercise. If you want tips on how to make your workout more efficient check out this post.
Get yo self OFF social media. And email. And text. This is my NUMBER ONE for getting things done during the day. I do not sleep with my phone by my bed or in my room for that matter. This way when I wake up there is no temptation to check it and start scrolling endlessly. If you think you have no time to work out just add up all the hours a day you spend scrolling and then get back to me.
Just so NO to notifications. Not only do they direct your attention back to the things I just said NOT to do - they are an uber distraction. It's no wonder we all have ADHD these days - devices are constantly dinging and ringing and distracting us from whatever our task at hand is. I personally disable all my email notifications at work, notifications on my computer, and most social media apps with the exception of text messages.
Time audit. This may be hard to do for yourself so enlist a friend or co-worker to help you out. Take a deep dive into what you are REALLY doing with your time and where you may be doing tasks that aren't necessary. In the same vein, where do you have extra time that you could utilize better. Many times I actually use my drive to work to "write" blog posts or brainstorm workouts on my phone with the microphone button.
Stop it with the To-Do list! "But to-do lists help me prioritize and I won't remember anything if I don't write it down!" Maybe. Except can you really truthfully say that you are honest with yourself when it comes to MAKING your to-do list? Do you turn it into a "want to-do" list and add tasks that you know you can't get done but then worry about not being able to get done? Or maybe you add them and they because they are there feel guilty if they can't get done? Next thing you know there is no time left in the day for fitness. How rude!
Tech Tools. Instead of a to-do list there are a few apps and programs I LOVE that keep me on top of my organizational game. Planoly helps me make sure all my IG's are planned and ready for the week. OneNote is my go-to for — well everything. From grocery lists and meal planning ideas to workouts or personal calendars I have everything there that I can grab from any computer or my phone. Whatever your thing is, there is probably a tool out there that can help you get through your day just a little bit quicker.
Work with a timer. Instead of making a to-do list — when I am most overwhelmed I work with a 30 minute on 5 minute off schedule. Now this has proven to be V difficult to achieve at my day job [constant interruptions] but I do the best I can. In those 30 minutes on you focus on one task and only that task. Of course you need a realistic expectation of what you can get done in a day first — see above.
Say NO. Period. I recently heard the phrase "If it's not a 9 or a 10 it's a NO." It hit HARD. If you find yourself saying yes to too many things ask yourself WHY you are saying yes. Do you feel guilty if you say no? Are you trying to please someone else or meet their goals? Remember what you want to achieve and why you're setting out to do so.
Plan Ahead. And then stick to it. This doesn't just mean my favorite time saver — meal prep. This means planning not only when you're going to workout but what you're going to do. Make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck if you only have 30 or 45 minutes. Pack your gym back to make sure you have everything you need. Don't be afraid to do some trial and error to figure out what works for you.
We all get 24 hours in a day — it's up to you to decide how you want to use them.