Why the Best Time Management Strategy Involves Taking Off Your Clothes

Despite all books you’ve bought on time management (some you even read), the seminars on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and the best intentioned to-do lists, somehow you have ended up with even more stuff to get done.

Bare legs on grass running towards better time management

Ready to step up your time management?

Want to know the real secret to effective time management?   Take off your clothes
Then go put on some work out gear. Then go work out.  It can be as little as 15 minutes, but you need to take a complete physical and mental break from work and focus entirely on breaking a sweat.

You do too have time
Before you start wasting time explaining why you don’t have time and are too busy working on Very Important Things, keep in mind that President Obama finds the time to work out every morning, and so did George W. Bush. They didn’t agree on much but they knew that to manage their country and time effectively, they needed to work out.

Why working out is key to smart time management
Here’s the deal.  If your body is sluggish and tired, your brain is going to be even more so.
Who’s making good time management decisions when you can’t focus?  Long term, exercise is the best thing you can do to keep your brain sharp.  Short term, a workout break can also help you focus and prevent a whole lot of misery down the road.

Your body is going to get a break one way or another
Don’t have the time to take a break even to walk around the block?  At some point, your body will automatically take one for you and add a lot of interest. In the form of a killer flu, an incapacitating backache or a heart attack. Sometimes it just manifests itself mentally as a panic attack or a crushing episode of depression. Hey, there’s a reason they call it a breakdown.

If you don’t have time to take off weeks recovering from an illness, follow these Mojo Moves.

Mojo Moves
*  Schedule a regular time to work out and commit it to your Accountability Wingman
*  Stop watching TV
*  Schedule other short breaks to recharge

photo courtesy of www.liftingrevolution.com

What tips do you have for fitting in a work out?  Tell us in comments.

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  • http://www.evilink.ca A.Dalcourt

    Small breaks are great especially for those frustrating projects. As a freelancer I have the opportunity to leave my ‘work station’ at anytime without fear of being brow beaten by my manager or supervisor.

    Making lunch, doing dishes, even going out to get some groceries from the nearby shops are all great breaks that encourages exercise (assuming that you walk to your grocers), thinking time, and handles a chore that would otherwise need doing.

    It’s important to add that sporadic breaks are the key and to not allow yourself to be consumed with procrastination’s call.

  • Larry

    Need more evidence that we all need some exercise? Check out “Sitting All Day: Worse For You Than You Might Think” by Patti Neighmond on http://www.NPR.org.

  • laurie sperandio

    Thanks for sharing this!!! It is what i do and love. As a trainer, that specializes in woman over 40, i can tell you getting the message out to find the time for YOU to move, get healthy, feel good, be strong is not always easy. I have seen life changing results with so many of the woman i work with. Im myself am in the over 50 age group and am sure 50 is the new 30, i feel to strong and fit. Laurie

    • http://www.mojo40.com Susan Kim

      Laurie, you’re right it’s not always easy to find the time to work out. Yet it makes such a difference to how you feel– and how much more efficient you are. That’s awesome you specialize in women on 40!

      • laurie sperandio

        i am a lucky woman to work with so many great, powerful, successful, smart strong woman on a daily basis. They give back to me so much.

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