Life is precious.
It is so easy to take each moment for granted. 2019 seems to be flying by. I feel like I blink and another month is gone. This sensation has made me question how I am spending my time because regardless of how I spend it, time is going to pass by. If I am spending my time mindlessly scrolling, that is time I could be doing something – anything – else.
With this in mind, I decided to wake up earlier, get my workouts in first thing in the morning, and be done with that part of my day. I squeeze in 2 minutes of breathing exercises. Then I get ready for work.
During work (on my breaks) is the time I am drafting most of my blog posts. And because I’ll have my workout done for the day, I’ll be able to come home, polish/publish my posts, and get to writing my book.
All because I decided to get my butt up at 5 AM and use my time better.
I made it seemingly impossible to do all the things I wanted to do. I was sitting in overwhelm over my blog, my dream to write a book, planning a wedding, and my health goals. There wasn’t enough time in the day. But waking up an hour earlier has made all the difference.
Oh, and trust me, I tried to be GI Jane and wake up at 4 AM for my workouts. As much as I would LOVE to be able to do that, that’s not happening. My body fizzles out before I even have a chance to build momentum. But this routine? I can certainly see it sticking.
So how did I get here? How can we find more time in our day for the things we love? Check out my quick tips below!
- Use a planner
I’ve gone over this in some of my other posts, but using a planner helps me manage my time so much more effectively. It helps me to visualize how I want to spend my time, and areas where I can improve on that. If nothing else, it helps me keep tabs on my goals and see what matters most to me. A quick flip through shows the goals/priorities I keep writing down – aka the ones I should be focusing on. I am a huge fan of the Passion Planner! I ordered my 2020 planner already in the blush color, and cannot WAIT to dig into it! I have also used Day Designer and Erin Condren, and even briefly used a Happy Planner. Each one has its benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to find what planner speaks to and works for you. I also recently purchased a Magic of I planner, in hopes to live more mindfully with the universe. I intend on using it more as a journaling/reflection tool, and as a supplement to my Passion Planner, but thought it would be worth mentioning. Basically, use a planner and your life will probably get a lot better and your time will be better spent.
- Wake up earlier
This is something that sounds so easy, but putting it into practice can be difficult. However, if you can do this, it’s the easiest way to get more time into your day. For me, I want to stick to my workouts. I find that even though I get out of work early enough to do my workouts after, my brain is much more likely to find excuses. What a rough day, I want to just chill. I’m really tired and exhausted...you get the picture. I know myself, and the excuse of staying in bed is not strong enough for me to avoid going 5 steps down the hallway and work out. Which brings me to the next point…
- Find what works for you
It might seem self-explanatory, but hear me out. I would compare my at-home workouts to ripped personal trainers and models on Instagram. I would convince myself that my at-home workouts were not as effective, and therefore my effort was being wasted. I would then get my butt into a gym, fall into the workout routine I “should” be doing (instead of doing what I enjoy) for about 2 weeks, grow to hate it, and stop working out entirely. You cannot compare what works for you to other people. Some people have no problem waking up at 4 AM. Other people are night owls. Whatever it is, be kind to yourself and find what makes sense with your schedule and your personality. You will thank yourself later!
I am still adjusting and tweaking my schedule, and will definitely give a breakdown of my day-by-day / week once I am in a place that makes a little more sense! I think I will start sharing my weekly planner spreads and probably invest in some cute stickers so they are better to look at!
What do you use to manage your time more effectively?