by Meghan Lee
A Series In Time Man·age·ment
Where does your time go?
Well... If you want to know where your time goes, it might be worth keeping track of it. I’m all about leaving my options open sometimes, but if you have a goal, somethings gotta give.
Being more strategic with your time can help create those windows for new things in your schedule.
To be or not to be.
It really is the question you need to answer.
Do you want to be that person that things just happen to or do you want to be that person that makes things happen? If you’re thinking the latter, then read on my friend.
Let’s get your shiz together!
What are your Priorities?
Figuring out what your priorities are may be a little easier to do by deciphering what your mission is.
- So what’s your mission? How do you want to live your life? What do you want to accomplish? What are the things that need the biggest overhaul?
- You have to write it all down.
When it’s up there sitting in your head, it feels like a perpetual anxiety attack waiting to happen.
You want your mission statement to motivate you in everything you do. When you look at it during a rough day, it should inspire you to push onward, knowing exactly why you are doing what you’re doing.
- Write down all the things you do in your day that take up your time, a daily list.
- Determine what each gets 1-2-3, 1 being top priority.
A number 1 priority is..it can’t wait until tomorrow. It’s pre-scheduled. This priority is the backbone to you and your family’s survival, core foundation, functionality, health, growth.
A number 2 priority is..it also can’t wait for tomorrow. But it can be put off in the day. You can move this priority around in your day.
A number 3 priority is..it can wait for tomorrow. It’s not going anywhere, definitely needs to be done but it’s not necessarily urgent or pressing.
Was getting your workout in a number 1, 2 or a 3?. (That will give you some insight into your current commitment level.)
- Create your daily schedule laying out all the number 1s, then adjust your 2s and 3s accordingly.
If working out and healthy meal preparation is 3 or not even on the scale, move it up a notch.
Look at moving around 2 and 3s on your list to make space for workout days and meal preparation.
Here is also a good time to see where you can share these priorities with a partner, spouse, housemate, and/or kids.
Once you have your mission and calendar worked out, now you have to put it into action. It all looks great on paper but now you need to make it your reality.
Look for Part 2 next week!
MEGHAN LEE is a Fitness Professional, that worked in NYC for over a decade, and has recently transplanted here to Wilmington. She is NASM certified in Personal training, Corrective Exercise, Behavior Change, and Sports Performance training. She is also a certified Yoga instructor, teaching a range of classes from Bootcamp/Hiit and Circuit training to Barre Method/Fusion classes and a range of yoga styles. Throughout her fitness career, since 2006, she has worked for popular companies in Manhattan with different approaches to fitness, not to exclude her own private client base in the NYC metro area.
From creating and running programming and workshops, to creating and advising wellness and exercise prescriptions, she has had the privilege of working with all ages and body types, gaining crucial hands on experience and knowledge in all sorts of areas which are touch on in this blog. Programs, challenges, exercises, injuries, flexibility, pain, heath limitations, you name it. She is excited to have the opportunity to share with you all the tips and info she has accumulated over the years and Anahata are grateful to have her be a part of our blogs!