Over the past few days, I have revisited creative ways to find the time to go for walks and get in reading on even the busiest of days. I was inspired by Robin Sharma’s video on You Tube the other day in a moment of desperation for a glimmer of hope and insight into how I might get on top of my life.
Why Making Time to Exercise Matters
He mentioned the power of exercise. These days I am not big into exercise that requires excessive amounts of exertion and sweating, but I do enjoy light yoga and moderately paced walking. The idea of getting up even earlier popped into my mind, and I have been doing it ever since.
I won’t disclose how early I am getting up, because I’m the kind of person who likes to make positive changes in secret and make sure they actually stick before broadcasting them to others. Despite the buzz about having an accountability buddy, I work in the opposite way: telling people actually makes me more prone to fail.
I will say that I am getting up to allow enough time to do yoga, meditate, and go for a good walk before my job starts at 6 a.m. After feeling sorry for myself for not having enough time to do all the things I want to do each day, I decided to attempt to see solutions should they hopefully exist.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the entire day was absolutely better after this morning exercise for my mind and body. Robin Sharma reminded me of what I already knew but chose to ignore: exercise and meditation rewire our brains. Huh, no wonder I am grumpy when I don’t do them!
It is more than me just wanting to exercise because I enjoy it and know it is good for me. There are things going on that we can’t see when we exercise that have a direct positive impact on our individual days and thus our entire lives. To miss or choose to miss is a major gamble in allowing what could have been a good and productive day turn into a really bad one.
Exercise & Getting Things Done
The first day I started this routine, I realized that I was getting five things done before 6 a.m. that I was previously complaining I didn’t have time for: yoga, meditation, walking, reading (audio book while walking), and getting the mail. Even something as simple as getting the mail can become one of those things that hangs over my head because I haven’t done it in a week, but I don’t feel like it now so I will put it off a little longer.
In addition to getting to things I want to get to in a day’s time, this morning routine has somehow helped me find creative ways to get other things done throughout the day that I would otherwise put off (possibly something to do with that brain re-wiring thing? hmmm…).
In the past few days I finished two books that have been almost finished for the past several months, just by being aware that I actually did have 10 or 15 minutes here or there to read or listen to an audio book. And one step further than that: I actually felt like it.
I felt like getting to the things that I have left undone. I had the energy to do them, despite perhaps getting a bit less sleep.
I am all for sleep. I love it. But I love my energy, creativity, and enthusiasm more. So getting up crazy early for exercise wins!
Looking into my future, getting up with enough time for this morning space of peace in my life will be a must. I think about one day having kids and probably having to help the other people get ready starting around 6 a.m. If there is no other time in the day, then before 6 a.m. it will be. Happily. Now I get those crazy TV talk show hosts, news anchors, actors, and writers who get up at insane hours: there is magic in the very, very early morning.
Blogust Status Update
It is about the middle of Blogust, so I figured a mid-Blogust check-in would be appropriate. Despite my failure to maintain Blogust status over the past few days, I enjoyed the beginning of Blogust where I was able to post daily. I still constantly think about my blog, and my hopes to continue to grow as a blogger and writer.
Having found a new space in my days for reading, walking, and getting the mail, I am confident that I might be able to find a better way to manage having daily time available for writing, blogging, and blogging-related activities. I have not yet mastered this, so for the remainder of August I will say that I still intend to post daily, but if I miss a day or a few it is because I am working to manage the rest of my life and am working to get back to blogging as soon as possible.
Newfound time is always exciting! What tricks do you have up your sleeve to find more time in the day? We would love to hear about them below! Namaste!