You have the knowledge and the ability to transform your body into a leaner, more muscular version of yourself. You have the motivation to eat clean and get to the gym for your regular training sessions but what you lack, however, is the time.
I recently read an article by Bedros Keulian, and it was absolutely inspiring! His article was about the three P’s and was geared to motivate and inspire you to get more done. This got me thinking about how I can be more productive with my own daily doings as a fitness professional.
Check out a quick summary of The three P’s by Bedros
Prepared – The best way to be productive and to
get a crap load of stuff done is to be prepared the night
2. Priority – Do the things that are the biggest priorities
to you. Let NOTHING get in the way of your priorities.
3. Procrastination – Listen, just like you, I’m human.
It’s easy to want to goof around with my text messages, or
hop onto Facebook Â to “kill” a few minutes (read for hours), or
let uninvited emails lead you down the rabbit hole of agendas
that other people have for you.
Being productive is a lot easier than you think. You simply CHOOSE to be.
This was an inspiring little excerpt/summary from his article and it got me thinking about how I am able to make time to train and still accomplish everything on my daily agenda. Before we jump into this discussion any further, I need to make a clarification. I’m writing this post forÂ people who genuinely have trouble making enough time to work out. They want to go to the gym and lift weights – and they do it every chance they get – but sometimes they’re schedule gets tight and something else that’s important to them has to be sacrificed.Â
What I’m not talking about here is people who are simply making excuses. These are the people who don’t go to the gym but feel guilty for not going. They tell themselves (and others) that they don’t have time or fabricate some other excuse. Yet, they have the time spend four hours in front of the TV on the daily.
Here’s the problem: You can’t just set your alarm and get up a little earlier in the morning. Well, you can but since you lift weights (technically you’re a bodybuilder), you need the sleep. You need more sleep than the average person! Making time at the expense of your rest and recovery doesn’t work.
- Create a grocery list.Â Create a list so that you can get in and out once weekly to save time.
- Cook once a week. You’ll save time by prepping your meals a week in advance. This is a huge timesaver for me!
- Do HIIT. Instead of doing 45 minutes of cardio, do 15-20 minutes of HIIT.
- Stop visiting at the gym. Most ofÂ us have friends at the gym. Many times I find complete strangers will come up to me to chat. You have to just put on your headphones and ignore people so you don’t waste time.
- Choose a nearby gym.Â You’d think this is pretty obvious, but I know about a dozen people who commute an hour round trip tp their gym. Ideally, choose one that’s between your home and work.
- Train during the gym’s slow hours. If you train at a gym, then choose to train during hours when there aren’t very many other people training. This way you’re not competing over equipment.
- Squeeze in whatever you can. Sometimes you may have a meeting that runs later or other responsibilities that cut into your gym time. Get to the gym anyway, even if you can only do half of your regular workout. It’s better than skipping the session entirely. You owe it to yourself to get to the gym!
Remember, increasing fitness productivity and productivity in general isÂ simply a matter of being prepared, knowing your prioritiesÂ and avoiding the things that cause procrastination.Â
YOU got this.Â I believe in YOU!