Time Management: How To Balance Fitness, Business & Family Time

One area of leading a healthy lifestyle that many people struggle with considerably is: BALANCE & TIME MANAGEMENT. You have your goals set and you know precisely what it is that you want to obtain – but how to you balance it all.  In many cases, you’re willing to do just about anything to reach those goals.  Right?

Time management has been a subject that I have personally worked on, and continue to still do, but also help guide and mentor my clients through the same.  It goes along the same lines of motivation – you’ve got to have a method to the madness, to stay on track and be goal oriented.

As a result of this intense motivation, other areas of your life start to suffer.  Finding the right balance between fitness, business, and family time can definitely be a challenge, but fortunately, it is one that can and will be overcome.

You just need to have a game plan in place and understand a few key action steps that you should be taking.  Otherwise you’ll be all over the place!

So how and where do you start to begin bringing structure into your busy life?  Let’s keep it simple, shall we?

Schedule Fitness First Thing In The Morning

Another great way to help yourself create balance is to schedule fitness first thing in the morning. By getting your workouts completed before anything else crowds them out of your day, you can forget about them and get on with your life.

This is how I start the day.  As a busy work & stay-at-home Mom, driving my kids here and there, finding time to work on my business AND time for myself, my workouts just can’t be sacrificed.  They are the life-blood of starting my day.  Therefore, without question, my day starts at 5:30am with a killer P90x2 home workout or I zip to my favorite CrossFit class.

By designating your morning to your workout program, the day’s ready for your career and business, and the evenings to your family.

Make Family Time Active

Get out and be active as a family.  A great balance is to start combining family time into fitness time.  Far too many people are still under the notion that ‘fitness’ has to take place in the gym or holed up in your basement.

Far from it.  Going for a bike ride, taking a hike or running the play field’s is a perfect way to get in some cardio training, burn off some calories, and bond as a family.  Not to mention, it sets an example for the kids to recognize the importance of outdoor physical activity.

Or how about going out on a Sunday afternoon to play a game of soccer with your kids or create a fun obstacle circuit to stay in shape and strengthen your connection?

Start thinking of active things that you can all do together rather than resorting to the passive activities such as watching TV or playing video games.  And in my opinion, a Wii Fit game doesn’t count!  Get outdoors and soak in the fresh air.

Separate Your Work Life From Your Home Life

Next tip in creating balance with your program is to make sure that you are separating your work life from your home life.  As these are all very important and critical parts of your life, they each deserve their time and place.

If you often bring work home with you, it gets hard to find the divide. You won’t be putting in high quality family time because you’ll always have that distraction of work at your side.  If you work at home, set hours that you are working and when that time is up, laptop goes away, iPhone out of sight and it’s time to bond with the family.

Set clear boundaries.  Don’t try and multi-task with these two activities.  When you’re at work, concentrate and get your work done as effectively as possible.  When you’re at home with your family, focus on them.  They deserve it.

Delegate

Start learning to delegate (this was a hard one for me). One big problem that too many people have is trying to take on way too much.  When you need help, request it.  If someone else can take the job off your hands and you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t feel shy about asking them to do so.  Take people up on their offer!  Trust me, you won’t regret it for a second.

As a Mom, I want to do it all…even sometimes for my kids, but now that they are older, I’ve learned to include them in helping me with things, that not only helps me, but also makes them feel important.  Outside of putting your kids to work, get resourceful and consider “outsourcing” odd jobs that get in the way of the important things – family time.

By creating a team approach where you and your co-workers (or family members/neighbors) help each other out whenever possible, you’ll have a much better chance of achieving that balance in your life.

To-Do List

Just this year, I’m working on mastering my to-do list.  It’s a structured to-do list with a purpose.  Thanks to Chalene Johnson and her amazing book PUSH, I’ve recognized the value in putting tasks to paper and crossing them off when completed, so I can move on.

There is nothing more rewarding than crossing a task off your to-do list.  Agree?

Since our to-do lists often encompass our work chores, household chores/commitments and fitness plans, either make a separate list for each, or create “sections” on your to-do list to keep them separate.  Since you know when you’ll be doing your workout program, when it’s time for work stuff and family stuff, structure your list in that type of order.  As you go through the day, find joy is crossing those bad boys off and moving on to the next!

While it may seem like you have a million and one things to do and will never be on top of it, if you can get these strategies in place, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

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