What is the most common excuse I hear on almost a daily basis. “I don’t have time”. This is an issue not only for my clients, it’s something I personally struggle with also. It got me thinking about why we feel we don’t have time?
I’m sure you would have heard the guilt-trip that everyone has the same 168hrs a week! We already know this, we already know that time-management is a challenge. So let’s try to understand it a bit better.
We live in a world that is accelerating faster than ever. The advancements and changes to how we live over the last 30 years has been the biggest in human history. Technology has re-defined everything we do. There is literally a machine for everything. My mother showed me pictures of the old washing board. Imagine a family being able to put their soiled clothes into a machine, press a button and walk away. It would have seemed mind boggling back then. Yet, we live with all of these automated processes to simplify our lives.
So if technology has given us all this time back, then why now more than ever do we struggle as a society with time-management?
Why do we constantly run out of time to do important things like exercise, prepare nutritious food, meditate, sleep better, socialise with friends, take time out for weekend’s away and holidays.
Technology has transformed our lives through social-media. Connecting with people is easier than ever. Somewhere along the line, we have lost ourselves in social media. If you walk out into a busy mall, you will see people staring into their phone screens. Texting and playing games. Wasting time on senseless apps. Which is fine, some people will call this entertainment. What I believe we should bring to light is how distracting our phone’s are.
Beep, buzz, our notification light goes off and straight away we open our phone to see our latest Facebook update, or Instagram like or Snapchat story. This significantly disrupts our productivity levels. Slowing our ability to process information. We are constantly torn between our life and everyone’s else’s life on social media.
If you don’t have time to exercise, then how have you got time to play Pokemon, or spend 30mins scrolling through your Facebook Feed???
One of the greatest modern mentors of recent times was Jim Rohn. Jim said “Don’t major in minor things” He lived an exquisite life and helped inspire millions of people to do great things. He wouldn’t have wasted much of it. Sure, we all have to have a little outlet somewhere. However, if social media is robbing you of precious time you could invest into your health, wealth and family is it time to unplug?
A useful exercise would be to track your usage on tasks that really aren’t that important. This would waste even more time though. We already know we can all save some time during the week so let’s find a few simple strategies to get a few hours back.
With these extra couple of hours we are going to use them to live better. Eat healthier and exercise a bit more.
Tip #1 – Delete apps!
Delete all unnecessary apps on your phone. Go through your phone and clean out any applications that you don’t need or don’t use. Scale back and this will create less distraction.
Tip #2 – Switch off notifications
Switch notifications off on your phone that will take your focus during the day. Put your frequently used apps liked Facebook in your hidden apps section. That way you won’t be tempted to go into it during the day.
Tip #3 – Hide your favorite apps
Reduce your time on social media. Designate set blocks of time for social media during the day. During your lunch break and also during the even. Try and limit your time to less than 30mins. You will be surprised how much time you can save by doing this.
Tip #4 – Create Automation
Create Automation as much as possible. IFFFT (If this, If that) is a great app which will help you set up certain rules within your applications. If there are regular tasks you do each day or week. You may be able to simplify these tasks using IFFFT.
Tip #5 – Stick to a Schedule
Stick to a schedule during the day and week. Designate certain times for certain activities. These could include exercise, try to schedule in the front half of the day before you get caught up with responsibilities. Meal-planning, this can be the night before and also at the start of the week. Try to plan ahead so you know what you are eating ahead of time. This will save not only time but also money. Schedule as much of your week as you can and stick to it. You will soon see how you can fit more into your week by doing less.
About the Author
Ben Purssell is one of Brisbane’s lead Body Transformation Specialists. With over 10 years experience in the fitness industry he has developed a philosophy on weight loss that yields sustainable results. This approach has helped many people achieve amazing transformations, regain their self-esteem, self-confidence and fit back into their clothes. Ben is passionate about creating awareness around the dangers of restrictive diets for people seeking a body transformation and also educating the wider community about simple, effective strategies to improve your metabolism, motivation and wellness.