It has been a very long week, and as such I’ve been reflecting a lot on TIME. Make no mistake, “adulting” is HARD! There is no end to the seemingly insurmountable tasks that are packed within 24hrs. This is often why most working age adults find it difficult to commit to training or even the professional development required to take them to a higher level. They simply cannot “find time for anything.” Every person has a different circumstance, but everyone also has the same 24hrs in a day. What’s different is how the time is spent. Let’s take a look at how I structured my day when I was very actively competing at the national and international level:
- 5:00 – 5:30 Meal prep, start the day
- 5:30 – 6:30 workout at home, get ready for work
- 7:00 – 8:00 travel to work
- 8:00 – 11:30 work, work, work
- 11:30 – 12:15 train Muay Thai
- 12:15 – 12:30 lunch
- 12:30 – 16:00 work, work, work
- 16:00 – 18:00 groceries or do family activities
- 18:00 – 20:00 train Muay Thai
- 21:00 – 22:30 read, chit chat with family, fall asleep then repeat.
Is it worth it?If a task is not adding to the professional, physical or emotional growth of my family or myself, it is subtracting from it.
As you can see a full day for me back then was FULL. My advice here is to itemize YOUR day and see exactly where your time goes. Notice there is no “meet up with the boys for beer” or “party like a rockstar” 😬… For me, all that stuff can wait until the weekend (if I really wanted to have some RnR). I justified my workflow as follows: If a task is not adding to the professional, physical or emotional growth of my family or myself, it is subtracting from it. As mentioned before, every person has a different situation and we all have to respect that… But I will leave a small challenge for you to consider this weekend. Itemize your most hectic day. Don’t leave anything out. For every item that’s bringing real value into your life, add 10 points. For those that have no visible value, subtract 10. At the end, are you neutral, negative or positive? If neutral or negative you have options…
Have a great weekend!