If you’re feeling like you don’t have time to exercise or plan and prepare healthy meals, you might find these time-management tips helpful.
- Make a to-do list. Put down on the paper things you need to get accomplished to help boost your productivity.
- Mark your list in order of priority. The most important tasks should be tackled first.
- Be reasonable about what you can accomplish each day. Start by seeing where you have free time to be more productive in the future.
- Cut your larger projects down to size. This will help you see progress, and by doing a little bit every day, you’ll have it done in no time.
- Pair things up to improve your time management skills. Use time on the phone ot do mindless tasks like loading the dishwasher or sweeping the front stoop.
- Take time to relax. As you improve your time management skills, you can carve out stretches of time in every day to do the things you want.
“I don’t have time to cook during the week.”
Re-allocate your time by creating a weekly grocery list. Come up with three freezable meals that you can double for six night’s worth of dinners. Spend a few hours of the weekend to shop and cook. Keep Sunday and Monday night meals in the fridge, and freeze the rest in small, re-heatable portions for the remainder of the week.
“I’d like to cook healthier meals for myself, but chopping all that produce takes forever, and I lose interest.”
Learn to cut a few corners by stocking up on convenience items like pre-chopped, frozen vegetables and stir-fry mixes or pre-cleaned and chopped, plain veggies from a salad bar.
“I get hungry in the middle of the afternoon, and the only quick snack around is a candy bar from the vending machine. Who has time to run down to the deli for a piece of fruit or baked chips?”
Buy an apple at lunchtime and keep it on your desk for later. Store staple snacks like mini boxes of raisins and microwave popcorn in your desk drawer as a back-up.