Finding the Time to Achieve Your Dreams - Ivana Chapman

Finding the Time to Achieve Your Dreams

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If you cut down on a few simple things you can find the time.

We all have the same amount of time in the day to work with. Given the wide disparity in what people achieve in those 24 hours, it’s worth looking at how you can maximize your capacity during that time. Working towards your dreams is a day-by-day process that takes focus and efficiency.

Here’s how to make the most of the hours in your day:

Plan Your Day

It’s worth taking 5-10 minutes every morning to plan what you’re going to do so you don’t waste time in between tasks. Make sure you design your schedule around your priorities, both for the day and for your life. Taking care of yourself by working out and eating right should always be a priority because it impacts how you cope with the rest of your day.

A daily and weekly plan (which helps you work towards goals in your monthly, yearly, and 5-year and 10-year plan) is ideal for scheduling your time. Make sure you include exercise, inspiring reading, and focussed time with your family and friends.

Cut Down on Your TV Time

According to a March 2014 Nielsen report found that the average American watches more than 5 hours of TV a day. Five hours! Apparently TV watching increases with age too, reaching over 7 hours for the 65+ crowd. I find that truly frightening. Most of those people will also say that they don’t have time to work out. Is that crazy, or what?

I’m not saying you should stop watching TV, but chose what you want to watch carefully and set specific limits on how much you’re going to watch. It’s all too easy to plunk yourself in front of the TV when you get home from work and sit there until you go to bed, with only a brief break to grab some dinner (on the couch, of course!). We’ve all been there, tired and drained and just wanting to catch up on the latest episode of Iron Chef or The Biggest Loser (well hopefully not that one!). If it’s a daily habit, you’re basically wasting your life away. A great remedy for that magnetic couch is heading to the gym straight after work.

Monitor Your Internet Time Carefully

Just how much time are you spending checking to see how many people liked your vacation photos on Facebook? If you’re not a health or nutrition professional, is it really necessary to Instagram every meal that you eat? Be selective about how you spend your internet time. The internet can be a valuable resource. It can also be a huge time waster. Google Chrome has an app called Time Tracker that you can install to monitor how much time you’re spending on each website.

You might be surprised at how much time you’re wasting on social media.

Achieve more with the same amount of time

The amount of time you have never changes, but what you do with it does. More productivity means you’ll be happier with your life and move forward to where you want to be at a faster pace. The clock is ticking and there’s no time to waste.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 6-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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