Organisational Time Management
At this time of year a lot of people begin their health kicks and new years resolutions with the best of intention but tend to fall off the wagon by February. While I haven't actively researched this, I guess the reason that people fail is due to a lack of organisation brought on by a lack of time management.
Managing time is extremely important when it comes to achieving your goals. As you read in my previous post I have a lot of goals that I want to achieve by August and I need to use my time to its fullest if I want to achieve my goals. In November last year I did the four week Paleo diet 'challenge'.
The Paleo diet means no grains and no dairy. As you can imagine it's difficult to completely cut out grains and dairy from your diet. It took a lot of organisation and research to create a suitable meal plan for the four weeks. Using my time as best I could I was able to make my meals in advance and have them prepared and ready for eating. By spending my time wisely I was able to wake up in the morning, make my breakfast, study law, pick up my prepared lunch, go to work, smash it in the gym, and then go home for dinner and have an hour or two to myself - after making the next days' lunch and checking my meal plan of course! Being prepared meant that I did not need to think of what I needed or go shopping because I had run out of ingredients.
Some people use whole systems of thought such as Getting Things Done, some use to-do lists, but I imagine most rely on their memory to do things! I'm not going to go through the pros and cons of each method as I believe you need to find a system that works for you. At a minimum though I would suggest you use a to-do list and make sure you don't lose it. There are various to-do apps for phones and tablets available and with your list on your phone it will be with you every where. My next suggestion is to create some sort of reminder system for things on your to-do list that are in the future. For example, if someone's birthday is in August, which mine happens to be, you might want to remind yourself maybe one to do weeks prior to buy a birthday card or present for that person so you don't forget...
For me, the above is a really basic system of managing your time through better organisational skills. Vary it to suit your needs. Find a system that works for your, measured by how long you stick to it, and then look for ways to make it even more efficient.
I use a variety of methods to keep track of everything. I use a diary as a to-do list and Crossfit training log, I use Evernote to remember things like recipes and online articles, and I use Google Calendar to remember dates and other date specific items, like birthdays and dates to buy presents. I also have a whiteboard at home as I use as an inbox to record things as the come to be so I can add them to my various lists and apps each day. Google Calendar and Evernote have reminder features, leaving me to remember to check my diary and white board.
Find your organisational system and keep on track for that beach body! Ryan