So, you say you don’t have the time to exercise. I doubt that. We pack our days with meaningless tasks, here’s a way to find the time…
LOG OFF THE SOCIAL NETWORKS
People average seven hours a month on the social site. Do the math and it works out to 105 minutes each week, or 15 minutes every single day. You don’t have to banish FB, but limit it to two short sessions a day.
When someone (not your boss) asks you to do something you don’t have time for, say, “I’m sorry, I can’t”—and feel the freedom wash over you.
Trying to do too many things at once often means getting nothing done. Pick an item from your to-do list, and do it and only it. Each task will get done faster when it gets your full attention.
RECORD YOUR TV SHOWS
An hour-long TV show contains just 40 to 42 minutes of real content–the rest is commercials. Invest in a digital TV recorder so you can free up time to pursue more healthful activities, like 15-minute workouts.
DON’T BE A NEAT FREAK
Is it really all that important that your apartment is spotless? Stop wasting precious potential gym time polishing picture frames.
BUY YOURSELF SOME TIME
Pay for services that suck up tons of time. Before you pooh-pooh the idea of hiring a cleaning service, sit down and do a little math. When you think of the few hundred bucks you blew on shoes and all the time you’ve spent scrubbing the tub, you may want to reconsider your expenditures.
PUT IT IN INK
Schedule an appointment. If you had scheduled a doctor’s appointment, you wouldn’t miss it would you? How about that important business meeting? Of course not. You find time for everything on your calendar because it’s there in black and white. Block out your workouts as you would work appointments.
SET A TIMER
All the little things you plan to do for just a few minutes—surfing the Web, cleaning the fridge—can suck away hours. Keep a kitchen timer nearby. When you start a task, set it for 15 minutes. Then stop when the bell rings.
PICK UP THE PHONE
It can take 15 e-mails or texts to accomplish what you could do in a 40-second phone call.
GET UP 15 MINUTES EARLIER
The most nocturnal of night owls can roll out of the sack just 15 minutes earlier. Even if you don’t use that extra time for your workout, you’ll get to the office sooner than usual, so you’ll be more likely to take that 15 minutes for yourself later in the day.