Time seems to be a precious commodity these days. Everyone seems to want it, yet many of us feel like we don’t have much of it. Most of us are running around from meeting to activity trying to just “fit it all in”, wishing we had an extra hour in our day.
I don’t know about you, but the reality of time never became so clear than when I started my own business. With so much to do and so many ideas churning in my head at all times, it can be hard to turn it off, if you know what I mean! And with a to-do list that grows at the pace of weeds, it can be easy to push health and fitness to the bottom as we convince ourselves there are more important things to do.
I’ve found that creating a schedule provides structure and a more doable view of time, allowing me to get more things done while eliminating excess stress I might feel around time.
And when it comes to our health, there are two main areas that I like to create a schedule around: workouts and meals.
I always encourage clients to schedule in their workouts at the beginning of the week as they would a meeting in order to better reach their health goals. And not just the day and time, but the type of workout as well. Maybe there’s a fitness class you want to try, you’ll go for a run or head to the gym for some alone time.
By scheduling workouts into the calendar at the beginning of the week, we’ve taken the stress and energy out of deciding when and if we will go the day of, and what we are going to do once we get there. I like to schedule my workouts in the morning, because if I wait until the afternoon, there’s too many potential distractions that keep me from going. But if you prefer to work out in the evening, that’s great! It doesn’t matter when, but rather that you get it done.
Now that our workouts are out of our minds and onto our calendars, let’s talk about how to set ourselves up to make healthy, nutritious choices throughout the week. This is where meal planning comes in!
We all know that cooking at home is friendlier to our waistlines and can be a huge money saver, which is crucial for those of us starting a business, so why don’t we do it more often? Chances are because we didn’t plan ahead, there’s no food in the house, and the nearest drive-thru was the most convenient option.
To avoid the impulse trip through the drive-thru or ordering takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant, let’s talk about how you can plan ahead to make healthier choices.
Meal planning looks a bit like this: on the weekend, I’ll look at my week and see what days I need to come up with meals for. This is usually a few days of lunches, as well as most dinners. Then, I’ll look for recipes and write down what I’ll make for each of those meals on what day (oftentimes, dinner leftovers become lunch!) and then create a shopping list with the ingredients I need, along with any other miscellaneous items. I then go to the grocery store and get my shopping done for the week!
See how easy that was? With just a little planning ahead, you can save time and energy throughout the week to focus on other things. We could even take meal planning one step further and talk about meal prepping, but that’s a whole other topic!
My last tip when it comes to setting a schedule is to visualize it! I often write down my workouts, meals and anything else going on that week on my calendar. The ability to look at my week at a complete glance gives me a much more realistic view on the time I have available in my day to focus on the things I need to get done.
This week, I challenge you to set a simple schedule for your week and see how it feels! I guarantee that with a little planning ahead, you can save time and energy throughout the week, creating no excuses for getting that workout in or making the healthier food choice!