Feel like you have no clue how to stay healthy when you already have a jam-packed schedule and no extra time in your day? Find out how I have been able to make more time in my life in order to make healthy meals every day, get exercise in, and still have time for a busy life and family.
Time. There’s never enough of it, we’re always looking for more of it, and we’d probably pay quite a bit of money if there was a way to buy extra time. Unfortunately, time has not yet hit the shelves as something we can pick up on our
daily weekly Target runs. Chances are, if it ever did become available, you would have to pay an arm and a leg for it because time is just that valuable.
The time with our kids. That’s not something we can ever get back. So we cherish those moments of time.
The times we have date-night with our spouses. I wouldn’t trade those times for anything.
But then there are lots of other things that take up our time. Things we don’t necessarily want to do but are just part of adulting, ya know?
That Dang 9-5.
Showers + Getting Ready.
Sleep. Boy it feels good, but it takes so.much.time!
And the list just goes on and on. To the point that you are often asking yourself:
“How in the hell am I supposed to stay healthy when there is just no extra time in my day?!”
There’s just no time for meal planning, grocery shopping, daily exercise, making healthy meals and snacks multiple times a day. It’s just too much sometimes!
Gurrrlll, you are so not alone. I promise you. It’s a daily struggle for so many people, and I used to struggle as well. There was never enough time for me to do it all.
That is, until I realized that I really can find more time in my day. Really. And I’m going to show you how and also hook you up with a super awesome worksheet that will help you find more time so you can learn how to stay healthy in this crazy busy life just like I have.
I’ve even got some free worksheets for you that will guide you through this post and give you a free plan for making it all happen. You can download, print it out, and keep it forever. Sound good?
How to Stay Healthy When There’s No Extra Time in Your Day
Plan for tomorrow
I know this sounds awfully grown-up and adult-like, but seriously, planning has saved me so much time in my life. I’m talking about every aspect of your life. Food. Exercise. Random tasks. Have a plan. Otherwise, you are just going about your day quite aimlessly. You waste time thinking about what to do next. With a plan, all you have to do is look at the plan and do what it says to do. When it comes to food, I make a plan once a week, usually on Sunday. I choose what I will be eating for dinner every day and decide if I will be eating leftovers for lunches (we’ll talk about this more in a second). I’m not big into meal prep because I’d rather not spend a whole day in the kitchen. But I do find it helpful to make at least one or two snack recipes that will get me through the week. Either a healthy muffin recipe, fruits and veggies that are already cut and portioned out, or smoothie packs already prepped. With meals already planned out, I don’t have to waste my time standing at the fridge trying to figure out what’s for dinner every single night. I make the meal plan, make the grocery list based off of the plan, and get to the store before the week begins. Total time-saver. Related: How Meal Planning Will Help You Lose Weight With exercise, I do the exact same thing. Once a week, I plan my workouts for the upcoming week. You can do this weekly or daily, just so long as you know what the plan is the next day, including what time you’ll be working out. That way, you’ll know exactly what equipment you’ll need and what you’ll need to wear. If you work out at a gym, this can be totally helpful so you’re not just wandering the weight room trying to figure out what to do next. Get in, follow the plan, and get out! Another great resource for planning your early morning workouts is this post. It’ll help you get up early so you don’t miss a workout and it’s done and out of the way. Last, but certainly not least, it’s super important to plan all the little things you need to do throughout your day. You know, the things that take up all the time. Every night, write yourself a to-do list for the next day and put a star by the top three most important tasks that absolutely must get done. Then when the next day comes, you can start with those 3 things. Get them done right off the bat as soon as possible. Then move right on to the other things in your list. Boom Boom Boom. Just check those puppies off. No more dilly-dallying around trying to remember the things you had to do. It’ll be right there on the list and will totally save you time. More time to make healthy meals and get in that workout!
Wake up one hour earlier
So I talked a bit about waking up early to get your workout in. Whether you are getting up early to workout or to get a jump start on your to-do list, it is totally important. This is another one of those totally adult-y things, but I absolutely believe in the old-school saying.
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man [or woman] healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
Most days, I am up at about 5:00 am and start with yoga or get right into my to-do list. Days when I accidentally sleep in and wake up later are absolute nightmares. I wake up immediately feeling rushed, behind, and just totally out of whack. Those are the days when workouts don’t get done, water doesn’t get consumed as much, breakfast gets skipped, and generally only half of my to-do list gets touched. When I’m up early, I get a little bit of time before anyone else in the house is awake. No kids bugging me. No spouse looking for attention. No texts, calls, emails. Just me and my agenda. It’s a magical hour of productivity that I can’t say enough good things about. I will add one thing. I’m not naturally a morning person. Give me a Sunday morning, and I’ll sleep till 11:00 am. Really. I had to train myself to get to this point. I know it’s not easy to get up when that early alarm goes off, but planning ahead and going to sleep a little earlier at night will help. And knowing how much you will benefit from an earlier wake-up time is what will get your butt out of bed. The post I mentioned earlier about waking up early to workout totally applies even if you’re just getting up early to work on your to-do list. Check it out – it’s a must read with a free checklist to help you.
Leftovers? How is this going to help save me time?? I know, leftovers are absolutely not glamorous or anything. But, seriously, leftovers have been a total time-saver for me and my family. I’m basically killing two birds with one stone. Making extra servings for dinner generally doesn’t take any extra time or effort. And then when it comes to lunch time, you’ll already be set. After dinner, when you’re putting everything away, get a serving out for lunch and put it in a container, into your lunch bag, and into the fridge. Then in the morning, all you have to do is grab the lunch box on the way out to work. Not only are you saving time, but now you won’t be tempted to go out to eat, so you’ll save money and have a healthier lunch! Total win if you ask me. A few dinners that are great for leftovers: Vegetarian Portobello Fajitas – you can even just add the filling to a bowl of rice or quinoa for lunch. Bean and No-Bacon Soup – soup is always great for lunch! Quinoa Protein Whole Bowl – healthy bowls are my favorite for lunch.
Kick out the unnecessary
This one is key to saving time in your life so you can rock that healthy lifestyle. I know it sounds like a no-brainer, but most people fall victim to doing things that are unnecessary. Things that are wasting time. Things that are not contributing to the success of your life. For me the things that I have been guilty of taking part in are things like binge-watching Netflix, mindless browsing of Facebook and Pinterest, flipping through magazines when I should be working, etc etc. The list really goes on and on. Here’s the thing though. I’m not telling you that you have to completely cut those things out, because HELLO, we all need a little “Making a Murderer” binge in our lives, right?! Be intentional about those things. Put it into your to-do list (you know, the one you made the night before!). Give yourself time to do the things that make you happy, and if Netflix binges and Pinterest browsing is where you get your happiness then by-all-means, make it happen. But the key here is to not do those things at the expense of your health. Don’t let your Netflix binge get in the way of your workouts. Don’t spend thirty minutes browsing Facebook and then complain that you didn’t have time to workout. It all comes down to priorities. What are yours and how can you honor them? I talk about this exact topic in this post if you’re curious how to best prioritize your life in order to get healthier. What things can you kick out of your life in order to make more time for getting healthy?
Ok, my friend. What a jam-packed post! There is a ton of information here, and I hope you were able to grab some new ideas on how to stay healthy when you don’t seem to have the time to make it happen. These tips aren’t things I’ve just researched and regurgitated to you from another source. These are the tools I use in my own life.
This is how I was able to manage my life working full-time outside of the home, running a part-time business on my own hours, give my family the attention they need, and still find the time to make my health and wellness a priority.
And you can totally have that life too, even though at times it may seem absolutely unattainable.
I’ve put together a workbook that is going to help you organize your life and give you more time to get healthy. You’re not going to want to miss it. Absolutely free. Absolutely life-changing.