Making Time vs Finding Time
I wanted to kick-off the first episode of this podcast by talking about the difference between trying to find the time versus making the time for our workout routines. There’s a big difference between these two phrases and rephrasing this can really help in elevating where this stands on our priority list. As a Coach, I hear clients say all the time how they are struggling to find the time to workout or fit it into their busy schedules. But the truth is, this is always going to be a problem if you’re always looking for the best time to fit it in. If you’re always searching for that big, open block of time in your schedules where you can easily fit in a workout.
When we constantly use the word “find,” unfortunately, what we’re really telling ourselves is that it really isn’t that big of a priority for us. It subconsciously pushes those workouts to the bottom of our long to-do list, making it the very last thing you will get to if and when a moment presents itself. And I know that’s not what we really want.
So how do you transition from trying to find the time to MAKING the time?
- Determine that this IS in fact, a priority to you.
- Start looking at your schedule realistically: how many times you can commit to working out and how long those workouts can realistically be…60min, 30min, 15min? Try to avoid getting hung up on the idea that every workout needs to be the same length of time. It’s more than ok to vary the length of time and intensity of a workout in order to accommodate your busy schedule.
- Ask for help! Reach out to the people in your village and network and be sure to communicate to them that this is important to you and you may need their help to accomplish it. For example, asking for help with the logistics of getting the kids from place to place. Or maybe talking to your boss about your work schedule in order to accommodate a midday workout, etc.
- Last but not least, plug it in and commit to it! Whether you’re working out at home, at a gym or in a studio, be sure to plug that time into your calendar just as you would any other important appointment in your life.
Most importantly, start rephrasing the way you talk about your workouts in order to help mentally bump it up on your priority list. Because in the end, if you keep looking for that free time, you will never find it. There will always be something else to do. There will always be competing priorities. So stop looking and start creating that time for yourself because you deserve it.
With Much love,