Create time to walk, hike, run or bike, each day, outside. Here's Friday, April 14's trail in Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Is there ever enough time in a single day?
Like the U2 song from 1987, “ Race Against Time,” each day is a constant effort to get as much done in 24 hours and still find time for sleep.
When we become overburdened, our health and well-being get pushed to the back burner.
The trick isn’t needing more time, but rather being able to get the most out of time you do have without burning yourself out so you can maintain your health and well-being.
First, create a to-do list.
If something needs to get done, write it down.
The stress of carrying chores around in your head will only keep you awake at night and there is a good probability that you will forget them while focusing on other tasks.
Keeping a notebook handy is a great way to track and prioritize tasks so they get done, leaving more time for you and your bike ride after work.
This is a great technique I personally use every week to efficiently manage projects.
I am never stressed, always on time and never miss a workout. Try it.
Second, to save time, buy online.
There isn’t much that can’t be bought online these days.
From the mega retailers to small mom and pop shops, everyone will ship just about anything anywhere. Take advantage of this technology and stock up on vitamins, supplements and even groceries from your desktop.
This will save you time and money from running around, dealing with crowds and sitting in traffic.
Now you have ‘free’ time to go for a run or do a quick strength training workout.
Third, outsource if possible.
There are many types of outsourcing options available to us today.
From cleaners to gardeners and bookkeepers, the list keeps growing.
When we’re looking to be most efficient with our time, we need to work smarter, not harder. If you’re still a little skeptical, consider how long it takes you to go grocery shopping, clean your house, or mow the lawn.
Wouldn’t you rather spend that time catching up with a friend, walking on the beach?
Not only will you enjoy some valuable relationship-building time, but you’ll both be doing a great deed for your bodies as well.
Finally, remember, it’s OK to say no.
If you have too much on your plate and know you can’t get a task or project done, learn to say no.
People would prefer to be told you can’t do it rather than find out that it’s either late or not done properly.
Your time and well-being are just as valuable as theirs.
We are either our most valuable asset or our biggest liability.
Which will you become?
Angie Ferguson is an exercise physiologist and Tony Robbins Results Coach from Fort Myers. She also is a Corrective Biomechanics Specialist, USA Triathlon Advanced Level 2 coach, USA Cycling coach, has a Specialty in Sports Nutrition certification, and a PhD in results!
Contact her, or find out more about her monthly online program, at: www.GearedUP.biz!