By Nyree Segui, Holistic Nutritionist
We all have the same 24 hours a day or 168 hours a week. And yet for all those hours, lack of time is the number one excuse for not starting – or sticking with – a health and fitness program.
The first thing you need to do is track how you spend your time. The “Time Diary” is a simple, yet eye-opening exercise. Grab a piece of paper and note what you are doing in fifteen minute increments. Start from the time you get up and keep tracking all the way until you go to bed. Note how much time you spend commuting, working, taking coffee breaks, eating, scrolling through your Facebook feed or watching Netflix. Do this for a few days to get a snapshot of how you spend your time. What do you see? Perhaps the correct phrase isn’t, “I don’t have time,” but “I choose to prioritize other things.”
It’s time to realign your priorities. If you want to eat healthy, but notice from your Time Diary that you spend an hour mindlessly surfing the internet, your priorities do not align with your desire to eat healthy. You can cut back on mindless internet surfing in favour of prepping veggies for tomorrow’s lunch. Go through your Time Diary and note where you can “steal” time.
Stealing fifteen minutes here or there is great, but you also need to effectively use that time. Using a calendar or day planner is an easy way to make sure you prioritize your health. Schedule high priority tasks like meal prep, workouts and grocery shopping in your calendar. Give yourself a high-five if your use of time supports your health goals.
Lack of time isn’t really a lack of time. It’s a failure to prioritize and plan. Prioritizing your health is essential for a fulfilling life. Enlisting the help of a professional nutrition coach will help you develop better time management systems that work for you.