Updated: Jun 29
I love time blocking because it cuts out the "I haven't got time to train" card. We all have time to train, we just need to manage our time a bit better. Let me show you how!
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
This isn't a particularly sexy article
It's written for the few of you out there who really want to take control of your time, training and are committed to getting amazing results
This article isn't for everyone, it's for you serious ones.
The system I'm going to show you is the exact same one I use myself and a lot of my online clients use to manage our time
I love it because it allows me to create time to train and chill with my friends (all 2 of them)
The beauty of the system is that you can be as specific or vague as you like
If you're self-employed this bad-boy will really help you keep on top of your business. So later on, when I ask you to make a list of everything you need to block time for, be as thorough as possible. This is an amazing productivity tool for you!
Those of you who work for someone else and you're purely time blocking for the fitness element, you can be a lot vaguer.
HOW TO TIME BLOCK
Open up your diary or online calendar like a blank canvas. Scribble down on a piece of paper everything you do in a week, I'm talking:
Plus anything else that springs to mind. You could even be more specific like "Emails" and "Meetings" (YAWN)
Once you're happy with your list you can start adding it into your week. Start with the blocks that won't move week-to-week, like "School run" and "work". Then start adding the more fiddly, smaller blocks
You can even set yourself daily reminders like:
Take morning supplements
Put the bins out
With Aunt Sally Happy Birthday
I mean the lists endless and completely individual to you
Now the "fitnessy" part!
Add 3-5 workouts in (Depending on your goals and how many times you can train. This number will vary)
See. You do have time to train.
Once you arrange your week and organise it into chunks you'll probably find there are big areas in your day you're free to train
You might also discover why it's so hard to find time to train some times!
Then you can always work on ways to clear up more time or hit two birds with one stone. For example, if your kids are at rollerblading for an hour, maybe you could go for a quick run?
Or if after the school run you have 20 minutes before work starts, you could go for a quick walk around the park?
Or you might just realise you need to bite the bullet and train before work or late into the evening??
Use this fantastic tool to start in control of your day
Not only will you be more productive and save time in your life, you're also much more likely to stay consistent with your training!
WHY IT WORKS
Procrastination is dangerous
It's the art of putting something off that you really need to do
If you're not time blocking and you have a mental list of 10 things you need to do in a day, over the course of the day, as you're working your way through everything, that gym session creeps further and further down the pile
Now it's 6-pm and you've "run out of time" or you can't be bothered now it's so late in the day and you're exhausted
If you stick to this system, you won't forget anything important and you'll fit everything in beautifully
Time blocking will free up more time and stop you procrastinating. It also makes your training a habit, which is more likely to stick!
"Tuesday 10-am = Workout"
Classes are a great way of creating good habits, as they run at the same time every week and all you need to do is show up
45 minutes later you're on your way, onto your next time block. Imagine if you time blocked 4 sessions a week, and made every single one through this simple system
That would be a HUGE step towards your goal!
I don't honestly know I would do with myself with my Google calendar account and this awesome system
Probably stressed to the max trying to remember anything! Or being so caught up in my day I raise I haven't trained again!
So I really encourage you to try it out
I agree it's not particularly sexy or fun
But it WILL save you time
It WILL reduce your anxiety
It WILL make you more productive
and it WILL improve your training consistency!
For those of you who have got this far and decided to sit down and take control of your time, a huge congratulations from me
Time is so valuable and we only have a limited supply
Don't waste a moment, take control of your life and decide to make consistent results
Start today, don't procrastinate!
Thanks for reading,