I work in Finance for a living. Crunching numbers is part of what I do. I blame this on why I am such a stickler for efficiency on time management. People always ask me how I find the time to get my workouts in 5-6 days a week. There is no complicated solution for it – I make the time. Yes I know that it sounds easier than it really is. I have a full time job…I own a business…I have a husband and 2 dogs. Making time for me is like a building a new house every day. Every night I build a new blueprint for the following day. I know that I have 24 hours in the day, and I make sure I use each of those hours efficiently. I start with the high priority tasks, and stuff that I cannot move aka I need to be at my job in Tarrytown from 9am to 5pm plus commuting time. Now, let’s take an example day. Let’s say I have a 7:30pm No Sweat Intro at the box, and date night with the husband at 8pm. And I want to get 8 hours of sleep. The last puzzle piece is my fitness time. Where can I fit in this piece of the puzzle? I could workout from 6am to 7am, and then I know that I can make it thru the rest of my day without having to worry that my 4pm meeting may extend past 5pm. Or I can workout from 6pm to 7pm, and watch an extra episode of Walking Dead tonight and wake up a little later. I make that decision, set my alarm accordingly and put it all in my Outlook calendar. Do things come up along the way that interrupt this schedule? Of course! But I have to learned to say no, or call someone for a favor, or sacrifice an hour later to finish the slide deck I was working on.
Think about it – there are 24 hours in a day. Subtract day job (8 hours), commuting (1 hour), sleep (8 hours) – this leaves me with 7 hours to spare. I have a become a master of multi tasking…notice how I did not incorporate eating into that formula. This is because I am pretty darn good at eating on my way to work. Also – I will be the first one to reply to emails while brushing my teeth, or wiping down the counters at the box while resting in between sets of back squats!
Long story short, don’t start asking for 25 hours in a day. If working out is not a priority for you, and you do not commit to working out that day, you will find something else to fill that extra hour. Take 5 minutes to look at your calendar for tomorrow – set aside the time NOW to get that workout in. It’s 1 hour of your time, and we said last week week you are going to leave feeling better.