One of the big things that holds people back from working toward weight loss goals is time. The key to this is learning how to be more productive with your time. Becoming aware of how your time is spent. Also, some tips that can help to make you more productive to reach your goals.
Where Does My Time Go?
Learning how to be more productive really starts with understanding where your time goes to begin with. To do this, its helpful to chart out what your average week looks like. There will be variables of course, but you should be able to narrow down what typically happens. Using a weekly calendar which shows what happens regularly in morning, afternoon and evening can give you a good overall picture.
When you add losing weight to your daily scenario, life will be “tweaked”. Healthy eating and exercise will be likely be more in your frame of thinking and that is a good thing! These are important elements of your health journey and it’s key to keep them in focus. They are going to require a certain element of time in your day. How important is your weight loss and health journey to you? Coming to grips with this answer is vital to really knowing just how your journey will look. If it’s something that is really important to you, you will need to make time for it.
How To Be More Productive
Weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated, but you will want to allow yourself some time slots in your daily or weekly schedule for certain elements. You should be able to identify some areas through the exercise I outlined above. You can fill in some of those blank spots with elements for your health journey. Exercise immediately comes to mind. That is one element of people’s health that often falls by the wayside because of time. If there seems to be no time available, is there something that could be transferred to another day or time? Is there someone else who could do it? Is it something that is not as important to you as it once was? Maybe eliminating that task is the option.
5 Ways To Be More Productive
As I mentioned, weight loss does not have to be time intensive. Becoming more productive and thinking outside the box, can actually make your health journey a natural fit and create positive habits!!
Start With A Morning Routine
I know you may be having thoughts like “I’m not a morning person”. The truth is, that if you day is stretched rather thin, it might be the only time that will make sense. A morning routine can accomplish such things as weighing in, exercise, make lunches, journal, revisiting what’s on the agenda for the day and even meditation. Even doing just some of these activities can make you feel like you are accomplishing a lot. It starts your day off right and you feel great for it! Try it!
Do Some Food Prep
When you get home from the grocery store, while unloading groceries, make a point of prepping some foods so they are immediately ready for use. Foods like fruits and veggies come to mind. When you want some of that watermelon you bought, you will likely be more apt to have some if the watermelon is already cut up into chunks and ready to go.
It’s also advantageous to take snacks that you know you have a tendency to overindulge in, and divide them out into individual servings for use. This could be used for crackers, chips, or chocolate.
Try Habit Bundling
Think about combining a couple of things together that are not only a part of a healthy lifestyle but also saves you time in the long run. Think about prepping food and also bagging up some “dump meals” for the freezer for later use! If you are unsure what “dump meals” are, check out my article here.
Another example of habit bundling would be to combine exercise and self-care by walking in your neighbourhood while listening to a good book through Audible!
Starting good habits can often trickle into a stream of other good habits. Using them in combination is brilliant!
Reduce Your Clutter
Clutter can truly have a toxic effect on our lives. Having too many things to focus on makes decision making more difficult because we aren’t always seeing things clearly. You can’t see the forest for the trees analogy. In this discussion the physical clutter comes to mind when you can’t find things. As an example, you can’t find your gym bag before heading out to work, and you are pressed for time and head out without it. Physical clutter can also be detrimental when you have too many choices. You open the pantry door and it is packed with food. Several almost empty bags of potato chips, cookies and cracker boxes. Lots of cans and pasta ad rice boxes Purging a cupboard like this and rearranging it to make healthier choices more prominent, would be a helpful and time saving process. Decision fatigue is real.
Try Bullet Journaling For Managing Tasks
Let’s face it. Our lives are busy and we feel like we lack time. That is what this post is all about. We always find we have so many things to do, but our own needs always seem to fall by the wayside. Bullet journaling is a system that helps keep us organized and productive. It helps us to not only accomplish our tasks but also become aware of our priorities. You can find out more about bullet journaling through my article, “What is Bullet Journaling (and Why is it All The Rage?)”. Bullet journaling is an excellent way to keep your weight loss journey in focus because it doesn’t allow tasks to fall through the cracks. A task master system like bullet journaling is definitely a very productive way for you to keep up with your weight loss and health journey in general!
In our very busy society, time is often a factor in many things. Coming to terms with what our priorities truly are, can help us to organize our lives accordingly. This is especially true for our health. Make it the priority it is and become productive for your health.
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!