The Importance of Scheduling your Fitness as a Priority

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities”. —

Stephen Covey

Including exercise into your day can be a struggle for many of us. Work or other commitments can easily distract the best of intentions.

Typically for many, our fitness goals tend to get lost in the mix. Generating the energy or motivation to maintain a workout routine is tough.

It’s not that we don’t want to be fit. It comes down to priorities.

It’s one thing to want to get fit and strong.  However, it’s another to find the time.

So what can we do to change the situation? How can we carve out some time in your day?

The key is to schedule your workout as a priority.

Is exercise a priority for you?

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Exercise is just like anything else.  Unless it’s a priority for you, you’re never going to make consistent time for it.

I could give you a hundred reasons why exercise should be important to you, nevertheless you’re the one who has to decide if it really is important to you.

Generally, for most people the lack of importance and consistency is based on a lack of motivation and inspiration. We need to stop treating exercise as something to do when it’s convenient and start setting a schedule for yourself to follow.

For example, I exercise for 30 minutes every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday .I know what my goal is on each of those days. I will split those times between cardio and weights.  I don’t sit around struggling to motivate myself to train.

It’s scheduled.

It’s prioritised.

It gets done.

The rest of my life and responsibilities are organised around these key markers in my day.

The importance of scheduling

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 Setting a schedule for your training becomes even more important when life gets hectic. It’s easy to get distracted. There will always be occasional emergencies that prevent you from working out. It’s part of life.

The problem is that most people miss one workout and before they know it, they haven’t been to the gym in 4 weeks.

However, when you have a schedule for your training, you have a way of pulling yourself back on track as quickly as possible.

Even the most dedicated exercisers sometimes get derailed. Almost anything can knock you off track: a bad cold, an out of town trip, or a stretch of bad weather. That’s why it’s important to learn how to reclaim your routine.

How to get back in the game

When you’ve missed workout sessions, evaluate your current level of fitness and set goals accordingly. If you’ve been away from your routine for two weeks or more, don’t expect to start where you left off. The key to maintaining motivation is to cut your workout in half for the first few days to give your body time to readjust.

Seasoned gym goers make mistakes just like everyone else. The difference is that they get back on track quicker than most. They do not allow setbacks destroy the good work.

For example, I may have to miss my work out on Friday because of work travel.  Guess what? No big deal. My next training session is already scheduled for Monday.

Let your schedule govern your actions, not your level of motivation.

How should I prioritise my time each week?

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Successful writer and author James Clear recently provided a strategy for taking action and organising your priorities or tasks. Based on a production strategy by former American President Eisenhower, the Eisenhower Matrix provides a decision making tool for scheduling and prioritising your life.

Using a 4-quadrants matrix you categorize your priorities or tasks based on four possibilities of the urgency and importance of a task.

  • Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately)
  • Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later)
  • Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else)
  • Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate)

The great thing about this matrix is that it can be used for broad productivity plans (“How should I spend my time each week?”) and for smaller, daily plans (“What should I do today?”).

Here is an example of Eisenhower Box from James Clear :

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Tips for making exercise a priority

Here are 7 ways to make exercise a priority:

  1. Focus on simply getting yourself to your workout.
  2. Ditch your all-or-nothing mind-set.
  3. Accept that fact that you won’t always want to work out. And that’s totally normal and OK.
  4. Tell yourself you will only go to the gym for five minutes.
  5. Start with something easy.
  6. Break your workout into smaller chunks.
  7. Designate Certain Days and Times

Make a Schedule and Commit to It

One of the most quoted reasons to skip a workout goes something like this: “I am just too busy at work today; I don’t have time for my yoga class.”

If you surprisingly had to pick up your child from school and had no back-up plan, how would you deal with the situation?

The truth is that when we really need to, we get things done that are necessary.

Make a schedule. Write it down if it helps!

Use The Eisenhower Matrix.

 Stick to it, and remind yourself that working out is a priority worth keeping.

What do you think?

How do you schedule your priorities?

If you need any help establishing a fitness routine that works for you feel free to reach out.

I am here to help.

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