P’s What Would Happen If… I Actually made and STUCK with a weekly schedule that included work, exercise and leisure time?

I always get retrospective  as well as introspective when I travel – regardless of whether it is visiting family or going on vacation.

This always leads to me wondering how I can improve my life – how can I get more out of each day – how can I make time for things I want to do?

This weekend, I decided to take time to really analyze what I want and I came up with three main “wants” that I believe will improve my life:

  • I want to have my evenings and weekends free of doing business work;
  • I want to keep to an exercise plan (daily push-ups/sit-ups/lunges; 2 times per week each swim, bike, run.)
  • I want to enjoy our house more (keep it neater, clean up the yard, finish all our renovation projects).

If I have my evenings and weekends free of business work, then I am certain I can achieve the other two “wants.”

Now the bigger question – how can I do this?  In the past what has worked well is prioritizing and scheduling my work for each day.  I’ve posted that goal before, but I have never stuck to it because it takes time and discipline.

That’s why I’ve turned this into a “What Would Happen If… I actually made and STUCK with a weekly schedule that included work, exercise and leisure time?”

It took a bit of time this weekend to make the schedule, but I am now armed with a schedule that allocates time each day for each of these “wants.”  I have prioritized my work tasks per day with estimated times per task so that I have a realistic view of how much work I can complete each day.

I have never been able to accomplish effectively scheduling my time each day, nor have I ever been able to feel comfortable saying I won’t work evenings and weekends – I usually tell myself that I can use after hours and weekends to “catch up” on work, which I do quite often – that’s the only way I don’t fall behind on commitments to clients.  But, I think that mentality leads to not being as productive during a normal day as I could be.

Thus, this is a big deal for me.  Plus, committing to being this structured on a daily basis is actually a bit daunting – kind of like when we first gave up gains and sugar and agreed to posting our meals daily.  But, just like what has happened with this food plan:

  1. I will not expect perfection (following it 80-90% of the time will be just fine!) and
  2. I will be dedicated and patient as I turn scheduling my weeks into a life-long beneficial habit!

 


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P’s What Would Happen If… I Actually made and STUCK with a weekly schedule that included work, exercise and leisure time? — 2 Comments

    • The week crashed because I let myself get distracted with other people’s priorities. Plus, expecting to do the daily exercise that I added in the plan was unrealistic, since I was barely doing any exercise. I am not giving up and am still working on a more structured plan to be able to get everything done that I want to get done! Stay tuned…………………….

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