I recently followed a 10-day “Transformation Series” from Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. On day 1, the assignment was to write down five things you’d like to change in your life this year. Mine started like this:
- More time with my husband
- More GOOD time with the kids
- More time with my friends
The final two are irrelevant, because there is a clear theme that emerged in those first three. MORE TIME.
How do you get more time? There are only 24 hours in a day, made up of 1,440 minutes. In that time I need to sleep, eat, spend time with my family, workout, commute, work, commute again, tidy the house, do dishes, do laundry…and about 1,000 of those minutes are spent on wrangling the kids or arguing about them doing their homework, brushing their teeth, getting ready for bed…not to mention I am a Beachbody coach and spend time with my clients and on my business. So how do you make it all work?
When I do finally get to see my friends or happen to tell people about my life, they will invariably say something like “How do you find the time?” or “I don’t know how you do it.”
First and foremost, I LOVE what I do. I get huge satisfaction from my day job, and I am absolutely passionate about coaching and sharing Beachbody’s products. I love working out and more importantly love being healthy and fit. So I MAKE TIME. Before I became a coach I would spend a lot of my down time (what there was of it) on my phone, scrolling through my social media sites. There was nothing productive about what I was doing. When I found Beachbody it was very clear that I could replace that unproductive time with time spent HELPING people, helping my family and building a business.
I am a big believer in SCHEDULING. There is a saying – “Think of your workouts as important meetings you’ve scheduled with yourself. Bosses don’t cancel.” That philosophy can translate into things other than workouts. I needed to figure out a schedule for my Beachbody coaching, as well as basically get my head around what happened when in my day so it didn’t feel like it was spinning out of control.
I needed to set appropriate times of day for house tidying, dishes, etc. It didn’t make sense to do it at random times of the day (as I had been) as it felt like I was spending ALL my time cleaning or tidying. If I could identify two times a day when I would get the major tasks done then it might feel manageable.
I follow a lot of fitness people on social media and a number of them get up crazy early to get their workouts in. It occurred to me that, other than not wanting to, there was nothing stopping me from waking up earlier. I set myself a new schedule:
5:30am – Wake up, drag my butt out of bed, freshen up.
5:45am – Into the office. Beachbody coaching work. Drink my E&E pre-workout drink about 6:30am.
6:45am – Workout (weekdays it’s always a Focus T25 or 21 Day Fix, 25 or 30 mins)
The kids typically come in at some point for a huggle then go play until I finish my workout. Sometimes they bring books into the office and colour or draw while I workout.
7:15am – Get kids sorted with breakfast.
7:25am – Start getting ready – shower, hair, makeup, dressed, etc.
8:15am – Load or unload the dishwasher, tidy up what I can, get the kids dressed and put away laundry if it’s there.
Mr Awesome gets up, gets dressed, makes the kids lunches and finishes wrangling them into shoes, jackets, etc. He works from home so he does school drop off and I head out.
8:30am – Leave for work.
This extra hour first thing in the morning, while a bit ugly the first couple of days, has really made a difference. I actually feel like I am accomplishing something, I feel less rushed and have more time with the kids. I now do 15 minutes of tidying before I leave for work, and 15 minutes after dinner.
I also get my personal development time, in the form of podcasts, in during my commute. Chalene Johnson, Amy Porterfield, Lewis Howes…or replays of Beachbody coach calls. This is making a HUGE difference to my creativity, innovation, the way I look at my business. And I feel like I am actually DOING something to increase my knowledge and better myself. It’s not doing much for keeping up with current news or music, but I’d say it’s a good trade.
I still need more time. I still don’t get to see my friends often enough, I don’t get enough GOOD time with my kids, and I definitely don’t get time with my husband. However I feel the time I DO have is now better spent and I am less stressed and absolutely happier. It’s progress, and I will now begin my quest for a time machine.
Do you need to find more time? Check out my free Finding Time weekly planner download!