I mean that literally. Here are some final tips for building in habits that sneak more time into your schedule.
Schedule your social media time.
Give yourself two social media breaks a day, and make them short, please. Mine are two minutes at lunchtime and two minutes at the end of the day. I think of them as minirewards for maximizing my productivity.
Dedicate your workout time.
Make it the same time, at least three days a week. Pen it in as if it were grocery shopping, laundry, or any other must-do task. This accomplishes two things: First, it makes your workout a routine, and that improves your chances of getting it done. Plus, when you go off track, a routine is what gets you back on the right path. Second, when your workout is scheduled, you don’t waste energy during the day trying to figure out when to fit it in.
Your best workout time is what works for you.
People with night energy sometimes prefer an afterwork workout, discharging all their stress of the day. Others prefer an early start: Mornings are the time least likely to be interrupted or need rescheduling. Plus, early-morning workouts accomplish what Mark Twain called “eating the frog.” His quote: “If you eat a live frog in the morning, nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day!”
Build in time rewards.
I have a friend who loves computer solitaire. She’s particularly vulnerable whenever there are a few minutes of free time and the laptop is right there.How does she deal? She has to earn it. She won’t play a game unless she’s knocked something off her to-do list. And then, just one game. Result: Productivity, baby!