After 3 years of health coaching, my biggest challenge was/is time management. I've gotten better. I know what time I teach yoga and barre and how to rearrange my schedule for special events, but I love the freedom of entrepreneurship. With the freedom of handling your own schedule, comes the "hold up wait a minute" approach of anyone telling you to have concrete hours for discovery calls, health coaching sessions and workouts.
You'll read a bazillion articles that talk about successful business men and women who do the same thing every day.
"I wake up, have a green smoothie, meditate for 15 minutes, head to the gym for an hour, come home and start replying to emails."
It takes months, if not years to get a system down if that's not how you are naturally wired.
We live in a time where notifications pop up on your phone or computer when you are in the middle of something, perhaps researching symptoms for a client or writing an article on your blog.
If you do not schedule your time wisely, you will spend an insane amount of hours doing the wrong thing. Searching the web for pictures of Jessica Simpson, heading over to People Magazine and Us Weekly to check out the latest celebrity news, even though you could care less. This is called procrastination. If you work from home, you might decide that laundry must be done and the dishes must be put away before you do what you are obligated too. This useless activity preventing you from completing your tasks could grow into a bad habit and before long, you will have wasted an entire day. You know what that does right? It builds anxiety, stress and can cause weight gain.
These are the habits we must change in order to bring peace and clarity and even weight loss into our lives.
Look at your work hours. If you work for someone, you likely know your typical schedule.
For example, maybe you are a 9-5er, so you have to ask yourself what you can commit to every day. Are you a morning exerciser or do you love nightly sweat sessions?
Once you figure that one out, ask yourself how many days you want to commit to working out? 3-5 days a week?
What will you do 3 times a week? Are you headed to the gym? What will you do there? Do you have a system, a plan, a routine? We all know if you head to the gym without a plan, you'll be lolly gagging around until an hour has passed and it's time to head home. If you schedule a yoga class with your favorite teacher and a time that works for you, you'll be more likely to go!
What day would you feel the best cooking? Prepping? Chopping veggies and grilling/baking your protein? When do you have a few hours to prep your meals? Figure out what day that is and get to it! If you don't choose a day you will put it off, or worse, you will go to the trouble of spending money on groceries that never get eaten and you have to throw them away because they've gone bad!
No one wants that!
So figure out a system - working out and eating well + make it fit into your lifestyle. There's a start to a successful scheduled week!