How many times have you procrastinated your fitness commitments because of time? The reality is, we can always create the time if we make it a priority and get organized!
Achieving your fitness goals is a lot about organization and having a plan that optimizes your time is crucial.
That's why we've put together a list of 5 time management strategies to help you work smarter, not harder!
1. Have a clear goal
This might sound obvious but goal-setting is very often overlooked! Setting goals is so critical because when poorly done it usually leads to frustration, lack of motivation and ultimately makes people give up on their healthy journey.
A well-defined goal has to be more specific than just "lose weight" or "gain muscle". Make it quantifiable and time-bounded. Also, ensure that your goals are realistic and that you know how you are going to measure your progress.
Your goals are the foundation of all your time management decisions. A precise goal will help you keep on track, motivated and guide how you spend your time!
2. Plan your day
Plan your day ahead so you don't wake up thinking "what do I do now?"
If you workout in the morning, get all your gear ready the night before. If you plan to go to the gym after work, have your gym bag ready to grab in the morning.
It's also important to have all your daily meals accessible. From breakfast to dinner, make sure that everything is ready to go or that you will have enough time to cook. Talking about meals...
3. Meal prep
Planning and cooking your food in advance will save you a lot of time. With all your meals ready to grab and go, you will have no excuse to cheat on your nutritional plan. Meal prepping will not only allow you to stay on track with your diet but it will also help you save money!
Don't know where to start? Check out these blog posts on "How to Meal Prep When You've Never Meal Prepped Before" and "The Secrets to Meal Prepping Like a Personal Trainer". You can also book a FREE nutritional consultation to learn how to optimize your diet to your fitness goals!
4. Create a timeline with check-in points
Creating a timeline will provide a bigger picture of the whole process and allow you to see how each daily commitment is putting you one step closer to your goals. When creating a timeline is important to include regular check-in points (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly).
At these check-points, you can assess the effectiveness of your current strategies, how they are contributing to the achievement of your goals and whether or not you should adjust them. Checking in will also help you determine if you are on track with the time boundaries you defined for your goals!
5. Make a grocery list
This tip goes along with meal prepping! When planning your menu for the week, creating a grocery list will save you time at the supermarket and ensure that you are buying everything you need. Besides, having a list will also help to reduce the temptation to fall off track with your nutritional plan!
6. Create a workout schedule
Plan ahead on when and how you are going to incorporate workout on your day. Are you going to the gym during your work break? After work? Are you adding exercise to your morning routine?
As we mentioned in this blog, even low-impact exercises such as walking can help improve your productivity! Add workout as tasks on your calendar and commit to them as you commit to business meetings or doctors' appointments.
As you can see, all these tips will not only help you save time but will also make it much easier and effortless to stay on track with your workout and nutritional plan. So what are you waiting for? Implement these strategies today and let us know in the comments how it worked for you!