Time has, and always will be one of the biggest barriers we put in front of ourselves. We think time prevents us from being able to do those little extra things. It’s the reason why the dishes don't get done, the laundry piles up, or we don't see or speak to our friends and family as much as we would like. It is also a massive reason as to why we do not or cannot find the time to exercise.
I personally have had a minor (probably a little greater than this…) obsession with time since I was a little girl. I have a massive phobia of being late, I am always early and I always give myself too much time in the mornings to ensure I've done everything I need to do before I leave. I've even have clocks tattooed on my body as a reminder of this.
I used to be one of those people who simply felt like they didn't have time. I worked multiple jobs (still do), I was in school (still am), I had personal relationships and friendships to uphold (still do), etc. etc. I used all of these things as excuses as to why I didn’t have time to go to a gym and workout. It really wasn't until someone broke down my schedule that I realized just how much time there was in a day. Don’t get me wrong, being on a complete and tight knit schedule is not what I’m getting at, life is far too crazy for that… but being more aware of time and the effect of how you use it will often grant you more time then you expected.
Questions that were asked of me that you could ask yourself:
- What time do you go to bed at night?
- What time do you wake up in the morning?
- How many hours of sleep are you getting, is it too much/too little?
- How long do you stay in bed lying there before you actually get up?
- How long do you spend in the shower, or getting ready? (I know some girls who take upwards of 1.5-2 hours doing this)
- How much time do you spend on social media? On your phone or computer? (I know most of us are guilty of this)
- How many hours do you spend watching some form of television per week?
- On average, how many hours do you spend socializing, partying, and eating out, etc. per week?
- Are you living well enough to ensure your energy levels are at peak performance so that you actually have the energy to use all the time given to you wisely.
- How many hours a week are you currently spending on some form of physical exercise? ie. Sports, hiking, gym time, training, walking, etc.
The list goes on…
When I asked myself all of these questions, I realized that I had been using a minimum of 15+ hours a week on things I didn’t necessarily NEED. All I really needed was 3-5 hours a week to put towards physical exercise. This still left me with 10+ hours of time I was doing NOTHING with… now the possibilities were endless.
The next task is finding a space that keeps you accountable and that makes you want to continue coming back. I found MadLab about 4 years ago, and it definitely was the big winner in my books. It’s a lot easier to find time for something that you enjoy, with people that you enjoy even more. Not to mention having someone to hold you accountable. I remember getting a text message from my coach Andy one day after being away for a little while. He made a joke about not remembering what I looked like, asking if I was a tall, bald, Asian man, or something along those lines. It not only cracked me up, but it got me back in the gym the very next morning.
Give the time questionnaire a try, or give it to someone you know who is struggling with the same barriers.