Monday, May 10, 2010

Where does your time go?

One of the most common reasons for not exercising and eating right is not having enough time.
We all get the same amount of time - 1440 minutes a day, 168 hours a week - but we choose to spend it differently. I'm not trying to ignore the fact that some people have fewer commitments and more flexible schedules than others, but the truth is there are some people who find time to exercise and prepare healthy foods and others who don't. You need to find a way to be in the first category!

The first step to finding time in your schedule and plan more effectively is to become aware of where your time goes. For one week, keep a log of everything you do from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed.

Keep it simple! You can use a notebook, your phone, or a computer document. Just write down the time and the activity. The next step will be to find hidden pockets of time, ways to rearrange your schedule to be more efficient, and how to plan effectively. Don't skip the first step though, log everything you do for one week.

Some common "time robbers" for people I know include:
  • Email & surfing the Internet
  • TV
  • Social media - Twitter & Facebook
  • Cleaning the house & "straightening up"
  • Getting in & out of the door (getting ready in the morning and at night)

Are there "time robbers" you know are taking up too much of your time with too little payoff? If so, what are they?

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