There is so, so much to do and not enough time to do it all. If you have many interests, as well as family obligations, vying for your time, how exactly are you supposed to cram it all in? First, take stock of your priorities—what you have to do and what you would like to do. Next, see if there are ways to rearrange your day to try and fit in some fun and fitness.
If you are a morning person (or can convince yourself to become one), there are a few ways to maximize on that free time.
-Start the day off right with yoga or exercise. This will boost your energy, and you will also be done with this for the day!
-Prepare that night’s dinner ingredients in order to create some free time in the evening.
-If you have children, arrange to share drop off/pick up duties with a trusted parent and use that time for yourself.
During the day
Since the daytime is typically booked with work or parent duty, be sure to keep your energy up with healthy snacks in order to maximize on this time.
-Take your breaks at work and use them for walks (or dedicate the heft of your lunch hour for this). Keep comfortable shoes (and even workout clothes) to make this a dedicated opportunity to incorporate exercise into your work day. For stay at home parents, put the baby in a stroller and take a walk in your neighborhood or a favorite scenic locale.
-Bring lunch to work and instead of going out to eat, eat at your desk. Use the rest of your lunchtime to run an errand. Find drug stores, dry cleaners, department stores, etc., closer to where you spend most of your day and use that time for your to-do list.
-Are there other yogis at work? If so, and space and mindset allow, wrangle a few similarly interested parties and spend 20 minutes practicing a few yoga postures (consider checking with Human Resources about an empty office or conference room schedules). For stay at home parents, or those who work from home, are there friends or neighbors that might be interested in joining you for a midday yoga session?
Once the evening hits, it seems there is no time left to do anything other than sit in a catatonic pose on the couch. However, can you try any of these ideas and free up a bit of time?
-Even once a week while preparing dinner, include a second less involved recipe, or prepare components for tomorrow night's dinner, to free up the following evening.
-Arrange to barter dinner duties for your child with a friend and fellow parent to allow for a couple of quiet time hours alone or with your partner.
-Pick up a few pre-packaged salad kits and high quality cold cuts, or package of firm tofu, during the week to make a quick, nutritious, and low mess dinner on nights when your energy has dropped.
True. You cannot create more time, or slow it down, but in evaluating your habits and routines, can you find time that can be utilized differently to help free up some “you” time?