I always have a book with me. If I'm waiting in the doctor's office or at the salon getting my hair colored, I have a book in hand or on my kindle, flipping as many pages as I can.
I can almost guarantee the conversation I'm going to have with those I encounter. "I'd love to read more, but I don't have time."
Here's the thought that flows through my mind, but usually not out of my mouth. They have time; they just aren't taking the time to read. Therefore, reading is not a priority in their life.
Sixteen days ago, I decided to embark on a physical challenge that would require me to work out for 90 minutes every day for 75 days.
Since my spider bite, I tried desperately to get back into shape, but I often didn't feel well enough to work out. As a result, 30-45 minutes had been my max.
I'm slowly coming out of that fog and regaining my strength. What better way to get back on track than to follow a program. This program isn't just focused on working out; it made me double my water intake and eat healthy with no cheat meals or sugar for the same 75 days.
The food and water I could handle. But how in the world would I find 60-90 minutes every day?
My schedule is filled with a non-negotiable morning routine, a demanding day job, and five book projects. And there are those pesky chores, eating meals, and continuing to make spending quality time with my hubby a priority.
But guess what? A small miracle has occurred. For 16 days, I have created more time in each day.
Before I go to bed or after I wake up in the morning, I write down my schedule, find any gaps of time, and insert my workout(s), totaling 90 minutes. I've been amazed how with a little planning and focus, I've been able to create an extra 90 minutes.
We all have the same 24-hours in a day, but what I realized is, I must have been wasting at least 90 minutes of those.
So ask yourself, what have I wanted to do or what goal have I been putting off due to time?
Ask yourself how much time you need to find each day or week to progress on this goal.
Pick a timeframe, like 75 days, and commit to yourself, no excuses, to make your goal a priority.
If you stick with it, you'll be amazed at the progress you'll see.
I'd love to hear what you are committing to working on.
Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of "The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life" and “The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life”