6 Tactics to Make More Time for Yourself
I hear the following statements too many times:
"I don't have time to work out!" "I don't have time to eat breakfast" and "I don't have time to get 8 hours of sleep." Making any of these statements is like saying you don't have time to be healthy. So, how can you make time for these three important components of your health? You can organize your life and your calendar.
If you constantly feel overwhelmed with your schedule, you should ask yourself if it is benefiting your life to be so overcommitted. It's time to clean up your calendar by eliminating activities that are simply not advantageous to your physical and emotional well-being.
Here are some ideas that might just give you more hours in your week so you can create space for wellness:
1. Plan Meals
Try to plan all of your weekly meals on Sundays. This will enable you to go to the market once per week to stock up. If you are currently someone who hits the market a few times per week or even every day, you are wasting a lot of time that could be better spent elsewhere. I have made it my personal challenge to get everything I need at the market once per week to save valuable time. Plus, better planning will also benefit your budget.
2. Limit Volunteer Work
I think volunteer work is so important, as long as it's not getting in the way of your health! I have so many friends who volunteer at their children's schools, which is wonderful. However, if that volunteer time means they are unable to work out, they might want to consider rethinking their priorities. Why not volunteer at one event per quarter (or once a month) instead of something every week? Spending time on your health and fitness will allow you to focus on volunteering more in the long run.
3. Cook Double the Food
My new favorite way to make more time? I cook double the quantity of all my meals. I freeze half of what I cook for dinner, so I already have meals for the following week. I even make two servings of lunch, so I can put one serving in my son's lunchbox for the next day. You'll be surprised how this will add more time on your calendar.
4. Ask for Help
This tip is primarily for parents. I know it can be hard to do, but sometimes we just need some help. Don't be afraid to ask a friend to carpool and take your kids to school on certain days so that you get that extra hour in the morning for a workout. Or, on those days where your planner is packed, schedule a play date for your child, so you can get a couple more hours open in your day. This can alleviate a lot of stress and anxiety, which will benefit your health.
5. Get Up Earlier
It may sound dreadful, but if it means you get to sit down to eat a real breakfast, it's worth it. Saying you don't have time to eat breakfast is a cop out. You have to make time. That might mean getting up earlier in the morning and going to bed earlier at night. Breakfast and 7-8 hours of sleep each night are essential for your health.
6. Reduce Your Time Online
Most people spend a lot of time per week online on their computers and mobile phones. A new study by Experian Marketing Services revealed that Americans spend 16 minutes of every hour on social media! If you make sure to put yourself on a healthy social media diet, you'll free up enough time to get in 30-minute workouts at least 3-4 times a week.
Ultimately if you can clean up your calendar to create 3-5 more hours in your week, you are making time for breakfasts, workouts and more sleep. These things are essential to weight loss and your overall health. You also create less stress and anxiety when your day is not so overcommitted. Don't be the person who is always complaining about how little time you have. Instead, be the person who creates time for a life worth living!
Kim Eagle, founder of Earn That Body!™, is revolutionizing the way personal training is done through her virtual coaching program! She has helped hundreds of clients around the world lose weight, get ripped and most importantly, get healthy. Her enthusiasm about healthy food & fitness is contagious! She is a trainer who gets the job done, and she eats "excuses" for breakfast.