Feature Article: How Do You Find the Time?

Date: June 23, 2010 Author: Mary Luciano Categories: Raw Pleasure and Pure Joy
Whenever I think of time, I always think of the lyrics from the Pink Floyd’s “Time”. For the lyrics check them out here. I’m sure many of you will find something in this song will resonate with you.

Many times I have been asked, “how do you have the time to workout and do all the things that you do?” My day usually starts at 4 am and the first thing I like to get out of the way is my workout. Not only does it make me feel great, it also helps clear my mind. Exercise is like a “happy pill” for me. It just makes me feel good– body, mind and soul.

Below are a few tips that you can follow to make the most of your time.

Carry a book with you: I always have a book or notebook in my car or bag to prepare for unexpected idle time. Grabbing some reading or writing time ensures enjoyable and good use of free time.

Be mindful about time spent in front of the television or on the internet: surfing endlessly and getting nowhere can waste a lot of time. Use the internet with purpose and limit your time in front of the teli.

Schedule your time in blocks: Use a timer and work in 45 minutes to 1 hour time blocks and stick with what you want to get done in that time frame. Take a 15 minute break and start again.

Get up earlier than you normally would: To make your life more productive, Robin Sharma recommends getting up one hour earlier for 21 day to help develop a habit in his book “Mega Living”. By the end of the month, you will have an extra 30 hours a month to spend on the things that are important to you!

Set aside a few minutes to plan your day: Make a list of things you need to do and number them in order of importance. Make sure to do all the important things first before going to the others. If you run out of time, your priorities will be complete and the things that don’t rank highly on your list can be rescheduled.

Catch up on your reading at the gym: Bring something to read while you’re on the bike or the elliptical machine. You’ll be surprised how many books you can get through if you do this regularly. Set aside time over the weekend to plan your week: Sunday is always a good day to plan your week. You can also plan your meals for the week so you know what you want to eat to stay healthy. You can also prepare food ahead of time and freeze it for the week or prepare snacks to always have something on hand.

Make quick and easy breakfast ideas: Fruit and green smoothies or raw granola are not only delicious but are full of nutrients and can be fun to make. Get the kids involved too!

Avoid burn-out and take some time to yourself: Go for a nature walk, exercise or relax. This will help you feel refreshed and motivated to do some of the things that you have procrastinated in doing.

One of the best books that successful people rave about is “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. Although I have not yet read it, it is on my list of books to read and I will get to it eventually. I incorporated some of his tips from other readings, courses and workshops I have participated in that always reference this book for effective time management suggestions.

According to Sharma, the key to successful time management is doing what you planned to do when you planned to do it. “Time mastery = Life mastery… Guard your time, it is your most valuable commodity” (Sharma, 1996).


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