“I don’t have time, I’m too busy” is something that I have heard countless times. When I hear it, it gets my attention because now I have to decide what it is that makes the client “too busy” to take care of themselves physically, which in turn also helps their mental health. It often occurs in college aged students (some of which only take 12 hours of school and that’s…it) where we’ll get in a conversation about fitness and they throw it out as a defense as to why they don’t work out, and I usually grin and say “If I can do it, then you can do it.” In the more adult world today, it is the norm to be at the office from 8-4 or 9-5. You wake up, put your hours in, then leave…the important part is, what happens when you leave? Do you stop and get takeout on the way home, then go sit on your couch for 7 hours watching Netflix then go to bed? This is likely a scenario that many people have on a regular basis, and it’s a dangerous routine to get into. What if you changed that to making sure there are healthy, quick, cheaper options at home, and you had an at home routine to do (Correct, you wouldn’t even have to go to the gym).
Today we’re going to have an exercise in time management skills. One of my professors my senior year at LSU had us do it, and I was relieved to see that I was doing a good job, but still there was room for me to do a GREAT job.
Here’s what I want you to do, get a piece of paper, or go into Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, etc. and start at whatever time you normally wake up. From there, I want you to write a schedule from that time, until the time you normally go to bed, and fill in each 30 minutes with the tasks that you are normally doing. I can almost guarantee you that you are not nearly as ‘busy’ as you think you are. During the time period that the professor had us plotting out our time for the week, I was taking 15 hours at LSU, training 4-5 clients a day, working out myself, studying for LSU, waiting tables on the weekends, and studying for what would end up being the most important test of my life: the LSAT. I would call that a bit of a full plate, and it IS a lot, until I wrote everything down, I found that I still had about 2 hours a day where I wasn’t doing anything special after all those tasks were done. Everyone gets used to their routine and it can be difficult to break it, but just adding in a little physical activity and healthier options into your normal life could not only make you look and feel better but make a difference in your overall health!
Do you need help with making some changes in your daily routine that will pay off in the long run? DM me! I have 30+ current clients that have been doing an incredible job making small changes that are piling up in their favor!