Since I no longer have a 9-5 desk job outside of my house, I’ve lost some of the structure that comes with those parameters. I enjoy the freedom to make my own schedule that can be different everyday, but lately I find myself reverting back to more of a repetitive, self-imposed schedule. For me, if I don’t monitor my time, I am apt to being sucked into books or YouTube videos or the internet in general.
I am the master of reading everything there is on a subject without actually doing any work. I have found myself spending hours researching personal training, writing careers, starting your own business, giving a Ted talk, or just anything that I am passionate about. By the time I look at the clock I am brimming with knowledge and satisfaction. That is, until I reflect on the day and ask myself what I actually accomplished. On those days the answer is very little and then if I’m not careful I can berate myself for wasting time.
Taking all of this into account, I want to lay out my ideal weekday.
- 7-8 am: wake up, check emails, eat breakfast, and change for my workout
- 8 am: walk to Sweat for the 8:30 am class or design my own to do in the building gym
- 10 am: be back in the condo, shower, after workout shake
- 10-11 am: blog reading/commenting
- 11 am-12 pm: outline/start writing blog post
- 12-1 pm: actually take a lunch BREAK. This means getting up from the computer!
- 1-2 pm: if I’m not finished yet, wrap up blog post and schedule out social media
- 2-330 pm: admin work for the blog, marketing for training opportunities, emails/phone calls about upcoming projects
- 330 pm: head to Sweat to teach at 430 pm
- 6-10 pm: get home, make/eat dinner, hang out with Neil, attend any blogging/fitness events that may be happening
- 1030 pm: sleep 🙂
Now I could feasibly make this schedule work because it is loosely based on what I actually do during a day. What differs are my teaching days/hours so that won’t always be consistent. I have a hard time staying motivated after about 2 pm and feel like calling it a day and reading, so I want to be better about actually following through until the evening.
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I am a big proponent of to-do lists, so I want to start being more diligent about those as well. Having physical tasks to complete will help me reflect on the day and feel like I have made some accomplishments. For those of you who are awesome time management rock stars, feel free to impart any tips or tricks you use on a daily basis!
- What does your typical day look like?
- Are you good about time management?
- Do you schedule time for things that are important to you like fitness or alone time?