How to find time in your schedule

I have a GREAT TIP for you to help you streamline your schedule. It’s one of my “musts” when I feel like my to-do list is overflowing.

But here’s my favorite payoff:

If you try it for 1-2 weeks, you’ll notice you have MORE FREE TIME for your non-negotiables (workouts, meal prep, etc.).

It’s called the Eisenhower Matrix — and using it will help you prioritize what you tackle first, and pinpoint items you might be able to cross off your list forever (woohoo!).

Here’s how it works: 

  1. Take your to-do list and pop each item into a category: Urgent or Not Urgent.

    Urgent tasks DEMAND your attention and need to be done ASAP.

    How to know if something is urgent: It makes you feel stressed, defensive, rushed, and frazzled.

  2. Take all of those same tasks and divide them AGAIN into two different categories: Important and Not Important.

    Important tasks contribute to your long-term goals and well-being.
    But here’s the sneaky thing about “important” tasks… if we keep delaying them, important tasks BECOME urgent.

  3. Place each task into this matrix depending on how you classified them:
  • Urgent/Important
  • Urgent/Not Important
  • Important/Not Urgent
  • Not Important/Not Urgent​​​​​​​

Then, make your way through your tasks according to this chart!

After just a few days, you’ll start noticing fewer “urgent” items popping up. It will help you be more PROACTIVE in your life, and less REACTIVE.

And that will help reduce so much stress… and give you MORE time for the things that are truly important to you. Like your self-care!

Give it a try for a couple of weeks and see for yourself.

If you’re ready to do something different when it comes to fitting in workouts or meal prepping, we can help!  We’ve helped hundreds of our clients go from frazzled to fit — even the ones with busy schedules! Give us a call so we can help you figure out the best plan for you to reach your health and fitness goals.

Rob Quimby, CPT

Owner, Fitness Lifestyle LLC



Rob is the owner and founder of Fitness Lifestyle Personal Training. He has been training for over thirty-three years; seventeen of those years as a personal trainer helping others reach their goals.


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