I get it. You are busy. And you’re trying to figure out how to get fit, get more energy, get more toned, and have a better life.
How are you supposed to schedule that in with a busy life as a busy mom, as a worker, as a parent, or as someone who has a lot of responsibilities?
In today’s article, we’re going to talk about the three strategies that I use to really juggle fitness, finances, life, and relationships.
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Habit #1: Divide Your Day… And Conquer
The very first thing is to compartmentalize. Break your day into the big chunks so that you can separate your habits into key blocks of time.
What do I mean by that?
In my case, I treat my mornings and the rest of the day as little chunks—little blocks that occupy spots of time in my schedule.
For example, the morning before work is my first-time block. Whatever you have in the middle of the day (work, school, or whatever), that’s your second block.
The post-work phase is your third block, which is usually two or three hours. And then the evening phase is your fourth block, followed by your bed phase which is your fifth block.
The first thing I want you to do is to actually put those blocks on your calendar, so you can actually see what it looks like. You can, first of all, see where the blocks of time actually exist and then start coming up with the habits, rituals or routines that need to go into each block in order to actually reach your goals.
Now the second thing here is to know your daily rituals and habits.
Ultimately, when you think about what you are trying to achieve, and when you think about the limited time you have in each day, you can start thinking about where each habit can go in your schedule.
Habit #2: Work With Time, Not Against It
If you’ve already followed some of my habit advice in my previous articles, you know that in order to reach your goals, it’s more advantageous to break the goal into daily rituals and daily habits.
Let’s say your fitness goal is to lose 30 pounds. Maybe you just have to do two things on a day-to-day basis:
Habit 1. Cook your food once or twice a week.
Habit 2. Go to the gym.
Now you have to figure out which block those daily habits end up going into.
And if your other goal is to prepare for a seminar or get a promotion, then maybe for work, you have to schedule a two-hour preparation block every single day.
Or maybe if you’re studying something for work, like learning a new programming, you can take an online course or read a book. But rather than leaving it up to a series of vague habits, actually writing the habit down on your calendar makes it visual.
Habit #3: Be Way More Selfish (exception can work…up to you to judge.)
The third piece of this puzzle is to actually be really selfish with your time.
What personally has worked for me, for years, is that I don’t distract my weekdays (unless I have to) before Friday at 6 PM. Monday through Friday night is me time and kids and my wife that’s all. I’m taking care of stuff that aligns with my personal vision and personal goals, I’m staying away from the TV and I’m checking things off the list.
That’s how I personally juggle getting things done with fulfillment, fun, and life enjoyment.
If you do that, think about how much time you could invest in other things that are important. Maybe that means your relationship. Maybe that means a financial goal. Maybe it means a health goal. Maybe it means hanging out with friends. You have to decide.
But the funny thing is that so many of us come home from work, and we sit down from seven until eleven o’clock in front of the TV watching Netflix on the couch.
Imagine what you could get done if you used even one of those hours wisely going after one of the goals you’d like to see come true?
Pretty heavy question when you think about it, right?
Getting fit when you’re extremely busy requires three things.
First, you need to compartmentalize. Break your day into blocks that are listed by the number of hours, and write down what you need to do during that time (habit-wise).
From there, break each goal into its daily habits.
Then, try to figure out when is the best time for you to schedule those habits. For example, if it’s something hard, you might want to do it first thing in the morning. If it’s a meditation or a wind-up ritual, you could probably do it in the morning. And if it’s reading, visualization or reflecting, maybe you can do it at night.
From there, it’s all about getting really selfish with your time.
Make sure you are not wasting the in-between moments, those thirty minutes to an hour you have throughout the day. Be strategic on the before and the after block during your day – before and after work or your daily commitments. Make sure those hours are congruent with the habits you think will help you realize the vision of the coming year.
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