How would you like to add more time to your day? Someone once asked me, “If I had the chance to have more money or more time, what would I choose?” The answer is pretty clear. “More time.” We can always make more money, but we can’t buy back “time.”
So how do we do this when we’re so fixated on our day-to-day tasks and activities. We have them memorialized in our brains.
As a life and fitness coach, I’m going to share one of my best kept secrets. Here are just a few tips that come directly from my audio program Make a Decision To Win.
#1. Know your high energy times
We hear these responses all the time – “I’m a morning person.” “I’m a night owl.”
You will get so much more done. Then do the easy tasks when your energy level is at its lowest.
#2. Plan your day
If there’s no plan, you can waste a great deal of time doing nothing. Have you ever said to yourself, “I got nothing done today.” There’s only one way to avoid this very common mistake – to plan. Here’s the assignment. Every 15 minutes, write down what you’re doing. At the end of the day, take a look at the whole day. What could you have done with the empty spaces? How might you rearrange your schedule to make it work more effectively? By planning, you can arrange your pre-work schedule, along with your work schedule, and even your after work schedule. In turn, what you will find is that your time becomes more precious. It’s a known fact that people like to have something to look forward to, so why not plan a busy work day and then a relaxing evening, or a morning workout that will energize your day.
#3. Extend your day by 10 minutes
Perhaps this is the most obvious solution, get up 10-minutes earlier - but it’s also the most practical. If you get up 10-minutes earlier, you can squeeze in a 10-minute workout.
Let’s take a closer look at this
To maximize the results of that workout, and increase your metabolic rate, you’re going to want to make it as INTENSE as possible. This means using a circuit training approach where you will move from one exercise to the next with little to no rest in between.
You’ll also want to make them as full-body as possible – both cardio and strength moves, so that you work multiple muscle groups at once. This will increase your return.
So what should your workout look like?
Here’s a sample to get you going. Again, you’d perform the circuit twice, aiming to complete 10-15 reps of the strength moves and performing the cardio interval for one minute straight.
- Mountain Climbers
- Bent Over Rows
- Running Knee Highs
- Jumping Jacks
- Shoulder Press
These are just examples.
So next time you feel as though you are running out of time, think again. Know your high-energy times, plan, and extend your day by 10 minutes.