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Making extra time always seems fitting on a Monday :-) I think we all could use some extra time. We live busy lives, and at least for me, it never seems like my plate gets less full. So how can you make some extra time? Here’s how!

Making Extra Time

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Fact of the matter is that we all are given the same 24 hours in each and every day. While the responsibilities we may have will vary, we each start with the same amount of time. 24 hours. No more, no less.

So really, making extra time comes down to how we use and allocate the resource of those 24 hours. And that begins with taking an inventory of our CURRENT use of time.

Time Inventory

This is step 1 to making more time in your schedule. Honestly look at how you are currently spending your time. The key here is HONESTY. Things to look for include:

  • When you wake up
  • When you eat breakfast
  • How long does it take you to get ready
  • Commute time
  • Work hours
  • Eating at work – do you get an hour lunch?
  • When you leave and your commute home
  • After work responsibilities? – Kids, sports, hobbies, errands, etc
  • How much TV do you actually watch?
  • Time on the internet or your phone for social media
  • Dinner
  • Housework
  • When do you go to bed?
  • Any other standing responsibilities

From here we can really FIND time for most people… but you have to honest.

Steps to MAKE that time!

For most people we can’t change some things. So don’t waste time complaining or thinking about it. You have to keep working, you have to drive to get there, etc. The rest should be up for grabs if you are serious.

#1 Target – The Time Wasters – TV and Internet

This is where I will push you right off the bat. You don’t have to watch any TV. So if you spend even 1 hour a day in front of the tube, and you complain about not having time to work out, TURN OFF THE TV! Or if you sit on the couch scrolling Facebook or Instagram, be more present in your real life!

If you want to keep some TV or social media, then keep a tight limit on it and only after you get your workout done and meal planning/prep accomplished. If you still really love getting on FB or Instagram, try to do that when you are already doing something else. Maybe that time you use as you wait to pick up your kids. Or maybe you check in with my challenge group ate lunch in the office. Just honestly record how much time you spend and keep it in check.

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#2 Target – Sleep

We have to sleep and we NEED to sleep to have the best results, but you can control it. And this often ties into #1. If you go to bed after 10, it’s going to be hard to maintain early morning workouts. Many people I work with do this and complain about it. Turn off the TV, silence your phone, and GO TO BED! You have to make sleep and tomorrow’s workout a priority. So get some sleep!

#3 Target – Bonus Time

Workouts are the easiest to get in when you have a free, repeatable hour or so. So take a look at that schedule. Where is the uninterrupted time in your day? Do you have an hour before the kids get up if you were to get up at 5 AM? What about an hour lunch at work? Maybe it’s an hour after you get the kids down. Make it regular and make it set is stone!

So are you ready to quit wasting time?

This is really what it comes down to, use your 24 hours for your most important goals. You can tell what a person values by looking at their schedule. Some of y’all value Facebook most. Don’t believe me? How many HOURS are you on your phone or computer with FB? All those 5-minute breaks add up. Could have done a workout or planned your nutrition. But what if you missed who LIKED your post?…. That would be horrible! ;-)

We all have 24 hours a day, so use them wisely!

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