Can’t find time in your day to work towards your goals or plan your future? Is it that you can’t find the time or that you don’t have the energy? We all have 168 hours in a week and some people manage to pack more into that time than others. Why is that?
My belief is that it’s often not a lack of time, but a lack of energy. You get up late, check your emails, shower, grab breakfast, dash to the office and come home exhausted. You only have enough energy to watch TV before you fall into bed.
If that’s you, then here’s some ideas on how you can plan and organise your day to take advantage of those morning hours when you’ll have more energy so you can find time to work towards your goals.
What tasks and activities do you want to do in order to achieve your goals?
These are the ones that you keep saying you’ll do when you get home from work, but it never happens. The answer is to make time for in the morning, when your energy levels and willpower should be at their highest. You’ll maximise your chances of getting them done.
Now, how to make time in the morning…
Which of your current morning activities don’t take a lot of energy?
I have always preferred to shower in the morning, but I’ve recently moved it to the evening. It isn’t a demanding task and as it’s something that we’ve all done for all of our lives you don’t have to think about it very much. Although I exercise in the morning, it’s usually only Pilates or a gentle walk, so I don’t feel the need to take a shower afterwards.
Sit and write down what you actually do from when you get up to when you go to work. Look at each activity and ask yourself, ‘Could I do this the night before?’. If the answer is yes, then move it.
Are there morning activities that you need to do in the morning, but that could be shortened or prepared for in the evening?
When I had to leave the house early I would make a smoothie and drink it in the car. There’s no reason why you couldn’t make breakfast the night before and have it at your desk. Whilst not good for every meal, if you’re in the season where a certain goal is important then for a limited period of time you can do it. As long as what you’re eating isn’t bad for your health then the long-term implications aren’t going to be that bad.
Other possibilities are putting out your clothes in the evening and making your packed lunch and popping it in the fridge ready to take out just before you leave for work.
Are there activities you do in the morning that you could cut out altogether?
These are things such as scrolling social media, checking emails, watching breakfast TV. They’re things that we all enjoy, but don’t waste those precious morning hours doing those low energy tasks. Save them for when you’re laying out on the sofa after work. Then you can scroll as much as you want, smug in the knowledge that you’ve already spent time on your goals in the morning, rather then feeling guilty for wasting time instead of working on your goals.
In essence, as Laura Vanderkam puts it:
‘If you wait until the end of the day to see what time is left over for the important stuff, the odds are good you won’t have the energy to do anything but collapse into bed’.
If you want some more ideas for working on your goals check out Natalie Bacon’s podcast episode on ‘Goal Fuel‘. Fancy checking out some free life coaching courses just click here? Ready to go deeper and explore life coaching? Why not have a look at Grow You, Natalie Bacon’s monthly programme, for which I am a member and a partner.