When thinking about finding time how often does the thought “if only I had 25 hours in a day” cross you mind? I suspect all too often in today’s society, especially in considering when to “add” an hour of exercise or something else into your hectic daily schedule.
Okay you won’t really find another hour but you will reclaim one of the 24 you do have. Then you get to choose how to use your reclaimed time.
BEWARE: once you do have free time you MUST consciously schedule an activity and make an effort to actually do what you plan. If you do not you will default to your normal time filler; more work, TV, facebook or whatever else that may be. Trust me it will happen.
Each week I will introduce another example of reclaiming time. By the end of it I expect you will be able to add at least one hour per day to your schedule that you can re-purpose into action towards living an active healthy lifestyle or spending quality time with the people who matter most in your world.
So off we go.
How finding time can come easily.
Every year in the fall when the new TV shows are aired I go through my own little process of strategic abandonment. A new show cannot enter my TV watching schedule unless another one of equal time is dropped. Net time affected – zero.
Really, when it comes down to it, there is only a limited amount of decent quality, entertaining TV. Increase your critical review.
This year I took it a step further. I chopped additional shows that no longer met my increasing standard. One, “The Amazing Race”, I quite liked for the adventure, travel, and physical activity aspect. What I realized is that I wanted to do it more than I wanted to watch it. Gone, done! One extra hour per week to get out and live it!
This year my wife and I will enter the Mitsubishi City Chase here in Edmonton once again. It’s a local version of The Amazing Race and a blast. For me, a priority.
Your task over the next week in finding time.
Step 1: Review every TV show you watch. Be critical.
Step 2: Chop at least one hour from your weekly regular schedule. Make an agreement with others in your home about it.
Step 3: Consciously choose what you will do with that newly found time. Schedule a class, plan a walk or run, do a workout in home or a fitness center, prepare a healthy homecooked meal, add to quality sleep time, meditate, and if you redirect it to . Endless choices. What is right for you, right now!
Step 4: Physically add it to your schedule so it cannot be dropped in favor of your default. Remember, that will happen if you don’t cement it in.
Enjoy your new found freedom to live your wildly ideal life.
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