“I have no time” – The Biggest Lie We Tell Ourselves
Nowadays it seems as though society is always on the go. Rushing from home to work to appointments and back to home where there are endless chores to take care of. When we are this busy, it is so easy to not make time to take care of ourselves. It is too easy to fall into a chain of bad habits.
“I have no time. There are just not enough minutes in the day.”
That is the biggest lie we tell ourselves. There are enough minutes in the day, you just have to learn how to manage them. It sounds more tedious than it is, but we really do have to schedule out every minute of every day in order to live happy, healthy lives.
Throughout the day it is so important to make time for a workout, meditation, and eating natural, nourishing meals. You may be thinking,
“Don’t you understand how busy I am!? I do not have time for any of that!” Calm down, I got you. This is where we start looking at our sleep schedules.
Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule seven days a week is so important. It helps to keep your body in a routine and keep you productive. Go to bed early. Wake up super early.
I go to bed between 9:00 and 9:30 PM every single night. My alarm is set for 4:30 AM.
That is a solid seven to seven and a half hours of sleep. For me it’s the perfect amount. I’m extra tired and sluggish all day if I get eight or more hours. Do what works for you. Test it out before settling into a routine. See how many hours you need to sleep in order to wake up refreshed in the morning, then adjust your bedtime in order to wake up at least two hours before you need to leave for work.
“Two hours before I even need to leave!?”
Yes. In those two hours you can start and finish one load of laundry, complete a workout, shower, get ready, eat a nutritious breakfast, drink your coffee in peace, and pack a healthy lunch. This is all totally possible. How!? Eliminate time on social media and in front of the TV (unless it is a YouTube workout video, those are seriously THE BEST).
iPhones actually have a great “bed time” feature under their alarms. The bedtime alarm feature reminds you about forty minutes before it is time to go to bed so you can begin to unwind and relax, and get settled into your bedtime mode. In the morning, it begins going off in a quiet soothing tone and gradually gets louder. It is honestly such a relaxing way to wake up.
My morning routine to fit it all in:
- Wake up at 4:30 AM.
- Spend no more than five minutes in bed staring at my phone.
- Put my contacts on. (When I wear my glasses I feel extra lazy)
- Drink water.
- Start load of laundry.
- Pick out 20-30 minute workout on youtube. I usually follow the Tone it Up daily workouts.
- Start the coffee making process.
- Pack my man’s lunch and kiss him goodbye. (He leaves for work at 5:30 if not earlier)
- Switch over laundry.
- Get ready.
- Make a nutritious breakfast.
- Drink coffee and eat while relaxing (aka mentally preparing myself for the day ahead of me)
- Pack lunch and fill up two of my massive water bottles.
- Get my things together and head out the door.
Wow. Fifteen productive things in two hours. I leave for work between 6:00 and 6:30 AM. (I’m a second grade teacher) and prep my classroom until 7:55 AM when I begin teaching young minds until 2:45 and continue teacher work until 4:00 PM.
When I get home from work each day, I then:
- Do dishes if there are any.
- Clean for twenty minutes.
- Run errands for my teacher life aka going to dollar tree and target CONSTANTLY.
- Come back home, make dinner.
- Spend time with my man.
- Watch one hour of TV maximum.
- Blog or do homework for one hour.
- Shower/Get ready for bed.
- Meditate for five – ten minutes.
- Sleep and repeat.
This is my typical work day. I usually have more social activities going on or if it is a Tuesday or Wednesday I have class until 10:00 PM. This was just an example of my time management to show you that you can manage time to fit everything in.
Find What Works for You
By no means should you follow my exact schedule, unless it seriously works for you. If you prefer working out in the afternoon, workout then. My only recommendation is that you really do stick to an “early to bed, early to rise” routine. You can get so much done in those few extra hours, it is honestly mind-blowing how much time we waste sleeping.