Managing Your Life (read: schedule)

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    Feb 03, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    Hi Guys,

    I am a terrible time manager, both in the case of scheduling workouts and life in general.

    How do you guys manage your lives? Schedule workouts and meals? Get up in the morning?

    Thanks!
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    ScotchAndOreos said



    How do you guys manage your lives?
    iCal

    Schedule workouts and meals?
    Planning, routine, committment

    Get up in the morning?
    Alarm clock

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    Feb 04, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    not an early bird right now, up at 8:30 + or - , as i wake up naturally.

    time management defined a) by my teaching schedule , b) by my daily routine of practicing and c) commuting time.
    Training is in the evening when i have nothing on my mind anymore . It's like play time .

    I manage to accomplish things by creating habits , like a little pavlovian dog.

  • Webster666

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    Feb 04, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    ScotchAndOreos saidHi Guys,

    I am a terrible time manager, both in the case of scheduling workouts and life in general.

    How do you guys manage your lives? Schedule workouts and meals? Get up in the morning?

    Thanks!



    I suspect that that's your personality, and that you'll never change.
    If I'm wrong, all you have to do is to make a schedule and stick to it. The biggest problem for a lot of people is not allowing (making) enough time to do what they want to do, and not allowing enough time to get from here to there. Are you the type who's always late ? Always skips breakfast ? Doesn't worry about meals until you're hungry ?

    1) I set the alarm to get up at the same time every morning (giving myself plenty of time to eat breakfast, get ready, and get to work, without rushing.
    2) Workouts are as soon as I get home from work, the same number of days every week, except when I'm away on vacation.
    3) Breakfast is the same thing, every morning. Lunch is left overs from last night's dinner. Dinner is whatever I want to make after I get home from the gym. Almost always, it's meat, potatoes (or rice), and a vegetable.

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    Feb 04, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    In my case, I'm thankful that I have a job with Monday-Friday hours. I set my alarm for 5:45am Monday-Friday and am out the door by 6:30am in order to be at work by 7:00am at the latest. I get off of work at 3:30pm and head straight to the gym unless I have to absolutely stay late for a project or meeting. I am almost always finished by 5:00pm at the absolute latest from which I head home, cook dinner from a planned set of recipes, eat, do the dishes, shower, do some reading, then watch TV and make calls to friends.

    I realized I had to learn to prioritize in order to stay sane and orderly. But, how do I do it?
    -Keep a date book for the entire year in which I can write down important events and take notes
    -Create a specified time each day to go to the gym and cook meals
    -Plan out my meals on the weekends and shop from that list ONLY
    -Keep my phone next to my bed so that I can hear the alarm go off

    If I wasn't a big enough 'freak,' I also keep an Excel spreadsheet for all of my bank accounts as well as my monthly budget. In addition, I also keep an address book that I update a couple times a month.
  • buckled

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    Feb 04, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    DJdorchester said

    How do you guys manage your lives?
    iCal

    Schedule workouts and meals?
    Planning, routine, committment

    Get up in the morning?
    Alarm clock



    Personally iCal has made my academic career vastly easier. I look at a syllabus, write down the dates on my calendar and I'm good to go. It syncs up with my google calendar which syncs up with my phone so it's golden. Also, it has an amazing to do list, but it doesn't sync with my droid =/ oh well.

    Regardless if you don't have a mac, or a smart phone (?!?!) create to do lists. As someone else said.. wake up around the same time every day so your body gets used to it. Plan plan and plan.

    My schedule fluctuates on a weekly basis; however, i manage to accomplish roughly the same things every day (gym, meal every 3hrs, school, work, gym, etc)

    I used to procrastinate everything (still to an extent I do) but it really does make you feel better to just get stuff DONE.

    Good luck!
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    Feb 04, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    It helps when I have something to do like go to school or work. Its easier to make a schedule around a schedule, if that makes sense.

    Right now I work out on weekdays. Here is my daily schedule for those days:

    11am: Wake up and eat, usually carbs with a little protein.
    12pm: Gym for about an hour then drink my shake
    3: Eat something, usually leftover chicken and some sort of veggies then have to drive to class
    4:30-10pm: Usually have class and I eat at least twice during that time
    10:30pm: Get home and eat again then do homework
    1 or 2am: Eat again or drink a shake and go to bed

    When you develop a schedule like this that works well with your work or school schedule then it gets you in the pattern and gives you a better chance of staying with working out or whatever. The reason my schedule is the way it is is because I am more of a night person than a morning person so I stay up late and wake up late.
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    Feb 04, 2011 1:16 PM GMT


    When it comes to meals, something I've learned recently is the importance of planning and prepping. I try to only shop twice a week, the second time just for perishable stuff like meat and fish later in the week. I plan out every meal for the week (using beachbody.com or p90x meal planners), make a list of EVERYTHING I need, and do one big shopping. On my most free weekend day, I take two or three hours to prep just about everything I need and can make ahead... sauces, salads (keeping dressing on the side), soups, chopping, cooking, anything that can be done. It makes the workweek SO much easier to handle.

    Bottom line is that to eat right, you spend a lot of time in the grocery store and the kitchen. Anything you can do to streamline and simplify those two tasks gives you more time during the week for your workouts and to still have some semblance of a life!

  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 04, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    It is really something that comes from years of experience. I naturally can get up on time without an alarm.... but at this time of year (from November-February) with the sun coming up so late, it can be a challenge... so I set an alarm to make sure I'm up and at em.

    I'm a structured person when it comes to time. Pay attention to how much time to spend on your activities and budget accordingly for future schedules.
    If good quality meal preparation is important (and should be) leave some time to handle it in a quality way. When budgeting your time, don't allow your attention to be taken into other activities that aren't a part of your "plan". Stay on target and manage it effectively!