Alex Issa – @AlexIssaFitness
There is a saying, “we all have the same 24 hours.” People often say this to other individuals that complain there is not enough time in the day to do a specific task. Whether that is going to the gym or working on their business, there is always an excuse for why they do not have enough time in the day. The problem is not there is not enough time. The problem is that they are not maximizing the time they do have!
Technology has continued to evolve in today’s age. We have the opportunity to work on our business from our finger tips with smart phones. However, instead of working on our business, we are scrolling through social media, wasting the time away.
How many hours in the week do we spend watching television instead of reading? How many hours in the week do we spend using our laptops or smart phones for non-business-related activities (Netflix for example)? If you have to think about it, there is a chance you spend too much time. Perhaps skipping television time so you can better yourself is a sacrifice you need to learn to make.
Speaking of sacrifice, there are individuals that sacrifice their sleep. Some people will wake up between 3-4:30 am and wear it as a badge of honor. I am here to say I am all for individuals waking up earlier in order to become better versions of themselves. As a personal trainer and gym manager, my hours are not the typical 9-5. I must work around my clients’ schedules and sometimes that means accommodating my clients’ schedule before their work day begins. I also know that I train at my best in the morning for my own personal fitness goals. I made the decision that I would rather wake up earlier than usual and train than wait all day long and train at 7 pm. I support individuals that make the choice of waking up earlier than usual. However, those same individuals need to be smart and make sure they are still getting adequate sleep at night.
Another factor that plays into having time for something is how much do we prioritize the activity/object. That is determined by the individual. When the person realizes what is most important to them, the question will no longer be, “when will I have time for this?” The question will become, “how can I make time for this?” That question can be answered by your action and plan towards it.
Here are tips that I have been using to maximize my time:
- Create to-do lists
- I create two to-do lists. One is to be done by the end of the day and the other is to be done by the end of the week. This helps me stay accountable with the free time that I have
- Utilize the time you have
- The time can be two hours or five minutes. It does not matter how much time you have. What matters is what can you accomplish in that time frame
- Create a morning routine
- Having a morning routine is key to having a successful day. If your morning routine is thrown off, chances are your day will be thrown off too. My morning routine is working out before I work with any of my clients.
After reading this article, you are probably reflecting on your day. You are likely thinking of how you can better yourself by making the most of your time. Always be sure to make the most of your time by prioritizing the goals that you have set.
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