“Lack of time” is one of the most common reasons people give for skipping their exercise and making unwise food choices. At the end of a long day filled with work, family, and other responsibilities, finding the energy to exercise can be challenging, if not impossible. Tasks that seem Urgent—meeting work deadlines, doing household chores, paying bills, dealing with crises—often crowd out important matters such as physical activity and healthy meals.
To make time for your healthy lifestyle, you first have to identify what behaviors and activities are most important to you. Think about important behaviors in these areas:
- Physical Activity
- Stress Management/Relaxatio
After you’ve identified the important behaviors/activities, schedule these first, before you fill in your time with other tasks. You will probably need to block out time for physical activity, healthy meals, and relaxation.
For example, you may choose to block out time for exercise from 7 to 8 AM. You may designate a lunch hour and then choose not to schedule meetings during that time. After you’ve scheduled your priorities, then you can fill in your other responsibilities around them. By doing this, you will be more likely to have time and energy for the activities that truly matter to you.
Download the following worksheets to help organize and prioritize your time: