Do You Not Have Enough Time Because You Have Too Much Time?

Did you find the title incongruous?   You might be saying, “If I had too much time then I would have enough time.”

Maybe.  Unless you’re like me.

Let me give you an example.

I’ve scheduled two different workout routines. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – I run. On Monday and Tuesday, I cross train. My cross routine is a circuit training of bodyweight exercises and then either elliptical, biking or swimming (good to live in Florida).

On my run days, I am fine (some days I don’t want to do it just because – but I do it).

My cross training days that seem long and I find myself skipping those days because running is the priority, right? Despite the fact that I know the crosstraining would make me a better runner.

Recently I realized why I skip them. I do my body weight exercises in a circuit training pattern – squats, elevated pushups, lunges, rows, pad jumps (like box jumps for someone who doesn’t jump high yet) jumping jacks, dead hang & foot balance.  Then I do my elliptical for 20 minutes and then pull out my foam roller.  A lot of times I would do either the bodyweight exercises or the elliptical but not both.

Why?

Because the bodyweight exercises took an hour by themselves.

With my new found understanding  I tried an experiment.

bigstock--168604043I gave myself 1 hour to do all the exercises. I did a 5 min warm up on the elliptical then did my bodyweight exercises for 3 rounds, 20 minutes on the elliptical and foam roll all inflamed muscles – then I still had time to vacuum my bedroom before the timer went off.

Why the change? When it took me an hour just to do the bodyweight exercises before?

Since I was in a time crunch – so I didn’t dally between my exercises. By the way, dallying, in this case, consisted of thinking how tired I am, shuffling to the next exercise, grumbling about the exercise and such.

 

time flies roundWe, as humans, have a tendency to take as much time as given to us to do a task. That why so many of us identify ourselves as procrastinators – wait till the last minute and get it done. We create stuff to fill in that time that looks like work but it not crucial. When you work – time should fly when you work because you’re trying to beat the clock.

 

What I propose – and there are many a wiser people before me who’ve said this – that in order to get more time – give yourself less time to do stuff.  Set a timer for 1 hour and where you only focus on a task – preferably an important task that you’ve been avoiding. Don’t check email, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube (matter of fact turn off notifications)- stay on task.

I hope you found this helpful and I will talk to you next time.

 

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