Finding ME time- 3 ways to gain more time each week
“I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy.” is perhaps the most common excuse people offer for not joining or quitting.
I get it. Life is busy.
Successful people often encounter an ever growing to do list, some stress, and a plate that’s pretty darn full most of the time. Pressure needs opportunities for release and
there’s no question that successful people make time for their wellness. There’s also little question that it isn’t easy, but hey–what worth having really is?
I think “me time” is pretty clearly a critical component to quality of life. If you are working too hard and you don’t spend time smelling your flowers, your successes aren’t going to make you happy.
Our goal at NOVA is to create the happiest hour of your day. Our second goal is for that hour to help you live your live better and more fully. Each time you come to our hallowed gym, you are able to come in for a class, listen to the coach guide you through a workout, turn your brain off, and genuinely have fun with other like-minded people all while improving your health.
For me, that is my ME time. Every day I get a chance to workout, it is my hour to myself that puts me in a positive mindset to continue throughout my crazy, hectic life.
Finding time is hard, but here are 3 things that have helped me gain more hours in the week.
1. Go to bed/wake up earlier
Now this seems boring because who wants to go to bed at 10PM and wake up at 5AM everyday, but it is a great way to get more me time. At the beginning of the day you haven’t had the day’s work and problems pile on yet. If you wake up a little earlier for your me time, you are guaranteed to get it everyday. Also, having that relaxing time to yourself early in the morning puts you in a positive mindset for the rest of the day. If you wait until after work to workout for example, you never know what will pop up that will get in the way. The boss could put a deadline on you, the dog may be sick, you may need to pick the kids up from school unexpectedly. So much can happen at the end of the day to deter you from your time to yourself.
2. Block your time
One of the ways I am able to accomplish all of my necessary tasks is to block my time. This means that every hour of my day is accounted for. I wake up at 6:30 and I give myself until 7am to drink coffee and browse social media. 7am-8am I answer emails and brainstorm different blog ideas and questions that need to get answered. The rest of my day is scheduled like that down to hanging out with my family, walking the dogs, and even watching netflix. While that block is going on, I do nothing else. If I have 30 minutes for social media, I will only focus my attention on that task. This allows me to not become distracted and it allows me to have set parameters of when things are to be accomplished. During my workout time, I don’t focus on anything else. I give myself 1 hour every day to workout and I will take full advantage of that time. since moving to this block scheduling method, I have become MUCH more productive and it has eliminated the distractions of social media that can take you down a rabbit hole of 1-2 hours lost each day.
3. Make yourself a priority
A lot of times we are focused on all the other tasks that life hands us but forget about ourselves. Stay healthy, stay active, eat well, and you will most certainly be more productive. I”ll hazard you’ll be happier too. Finding that one hour a day to recharge yourself will boost your productivity. You will sleep better, you will have less stress, you will have more energy, and in turn, you will live a happier healthier life.
Our goal is to see people at least 3 days per week which is 3 hours out of 168 hours each week. 1.8% of your time each week. This isn’t for me, it is so can help you de-stress, turn your brain off, and add years to your life.
I want you to be able to enjoy the fruits of your labors for many years to come, rather than be run down and try to catch back up when it it too late.
Stay happy, stay healthy!