“Don’t be upset by the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do.” – Jocko Willink, Former Navy SEAL, Silver Star and Bronze Star Recipient
The number one reason for not working out that I hear from guys I coach is “I didn’t have the time.” This is just an excuse. What that means is “Exercise is not a priority for me, so I didn’t make the time.”
Trust me, I’ve been there. We get so caught up with our work, family, and other responsibilities that we end up skipping workouts and ditching our fitness programs all together. We lose the drive and self-discipline needed to maintain and push through plateaus.
But what if it didn’t have to be this way? What if no matter how packed your schedule was you still found the time every day to work out? What kind of positive impact do you think this would have on your life?
In the post I will show you how to stick to your workouts when you are a busy, successful guy with a long to-do list. In fact, I will show you that “not having time” is really just an illusion.
Like I mentioned earlier, if you are telling yourself that you “don’t have the time” to work out, what you are really saying is that you haven’t made exercise a priority in your life. If you really want to make positive physical changes and stick to a workout program, you have to classify it as a high priority in your daily life. This means taking action and getting it done no matter what your perceived limitations are.
All too often we give priority to tasks that are meaningless and don’t really get us anywhere.
Take the time to think about the tasks and activities that make up your daily schedule. You may notice many of those tasks, such as work projects, taking care of your bills, and picking up your kids from school are things that must absolutely get done. These are high priorities for you. You would never say “I’ll pick up the kids tomorrow.” That would make you an irresponsible father and a pretty big douche, don’t you think?
In your daily your daily schedule, you must shift exercise into the “high priority” category.
Let’s go back to your schedule. Look at it again and ask yourself “Is there anything I can remove here that’s not adding value to my life?”
Perhaps you spend the first 20 minutes after you wake up scrolling through Instagram. Perhaps you spend 30 minutes after you get home watching the local news. Be honest with yourself here. Is this really adding value to your life? Is it contributing to your overall energy or detracting from it? Perhaps that 20 minutes might be better spent banging out pushups or doing burpees. How much more energy would you have if you spent your valuable time engaged in these positive tasks instead?
Ruthlessly purge anything from your daily schedule that isn’t adding value to your life.
Not only will this give your more time, it will make you feel more free and set you up for workout success.
Not having enough time to work out is really just an illusion. We all have 24 hours in a day. Now that you have made exercise a priority that you will stick to no matter what, where will you insert it into your day?
In his book Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual, former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink argues that the predawn hours are the best time to be working out. His rise and grind obsession comes from the military mindset of being up and ready for action before the enemy. If you follow him on social media, you will see that he proudly posts pictures of wrist watch reading 4:30 am every morning. If you want to make the time to work out, this is the warrior mindset you need to adopt.
Don’t get me wrong. Sleep is important. It is the foundation of good health. But let’s face it. You can trade the hour you stay up at night watching Jimmy Fallon for getting up an hour earlier and hitting the weights. A pre-dawn workout will leave you feeling more energized and will set the stage for better health choices throughout the day.
You have now eliminated a high priority task from your schedule before your day has begun. When you finish your work day, you can engage in other high priority tasks, such as spending time with your wife and family or your best buddies. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
Have you been making excuses? If you are trying to get back in shape, have you really made working out a high priority in your schedule? Can you get up earlier and get after it?
There’s no easy way out here fellas. If you want to get the results, you have to be willing to do the work.
What other strategies can you employ to ensure you are making the time to work out?