"I don't have time" is the grown up version of "the dog ate my homework"
Where did your "free time" go?
Have you ever wondered where all your time goes? Maybe you even feel like you never get to do anything you WANT to do only the things you feel you NEED to get done.
Before I can help you recoup the time in your day, you have to understand that your time is valuable! We should be spending time on the things that add value to our life.
Take a moment and answer these questions:
1. What are things you value? (Family Time, Exercise, Hobbies, Reading, Friends, etc . . . )
2. What are some things that you spend time on that have little to no added value? (Facebook, Internet, Video Games, TV, etc. . . )
Now you know what you want to be spending your time on. We all have things like work that we have to do, but there is still time in the day to fit in the things you value, all you have to do is a little digging.
For the next day, I want you to take inventory of your time so we can find some time to spend on the things you want to do.
Step 1 - Time Inventory
Day 1: Write down everything on your daily schedule
6:00am Wake up
6:15am Get kids ready for school
6:45am Cook Breakfast
7:00am Leave for school/work
7:45am Get to work, make coffee, etc. . .
8:00am Start working
12:00pm Leave for lunch
1:30pm Back to work
5:00pm Pick kids up
5:45pm Get home, set up homework, start cooking
7:00pm Eat dinner
7:45pm Kids Bath Time
8:00pm Watch TV
8:30pm Kids to bed
8:45pm Watch TV
Step 2 - Value
Day 2 - 3: Write down everything you do that adds little to no value to your life outside of the above schedule.
Example: Below represent how much time throughout the day is spent on the below:
Facebook: 3, 8, 2, 11, 5, 12, 20, 3, 5, 3 = 72 minutes
TV: 30, 60, 15 = 105 minutes
Other. . . . .
Step 3 - Reflection & Quality
By now, you have identified that there is a lot of time in your day to do the things you love. The challenge is creating a solution to get the most quality out of your life.
In the above scenario, 177 minutes of the day was spent watching TV or browsing Facebook. That is almost 3 hours of time that can be allocated to the things you love - Family time, exercise, reading, etc.
I know it is not black and white like that so stay tuned for part 2 where we talk about Time Blocking and teach you how to make good use of your ‘free time’
About the Author
Stephanie's career in fitness started almost a decade ago after graduating with a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. Over the years she's gained invaluable experience as a business owner and dedicated coach to hundreds of athletes. CrossFit has given her the opportunity to compete with incredible athletes around the country at the Regional and Games level.