Making Time

On the Outlook Programs, the first question is “when are your ideal training times and days” If you tell me you can train over eight hours per week, I can write you a program to allow you to achieve your goals quickly and effectively. Eight hours per week is less than 5% of the total time in one week. If you can only devote two days per week and less than three hours per week, my hands are tied.

Many people say they don't have time to train or simply are too busy. I have found myself falling in this trap before as well, so I want to challenge you to take a time audit. We feel like there is not enough time in the week to train, between work, family, school, and appointments… the list goes on and on. People come up with excuses on avoiding training.

There are 168 hours in a week. Starting with sleeping 8 hours per night, every night, leaves you with 112 hours left. If you work 10 hour days, 5 days per week, you still have 52 hours left. If you have a 30 minute commute each way, that is still 47 hours. At this point people say “I have to go grocery shopping, cook, walk the dog, take care of the lawn, I just don't have time.” So I say fine, I’ll set aside 15 hours for grocery shopping, meal prepping, and other commitments you still have 32 hours left. Most people do not spend enough quality family time together - take 20 hours per week of family time and you still have 12 hours left in the week. The reality is, the time is there.

I challenge you to take a time audit and see where you can find the necessary hours in your day to make the change in your life. Here are some common schedules I have seen shifted, in order to make the time:

  1. Commute Time -  I know someone who, if he leaves at 7 am, will not get to the office until 9. But, if he leaves at 6:30, he will be in the area at 7:15 and has a membership to a local gym next to the office. He gets his training in everyday before work.
  2. Lunch Break -  I have seen many people take an hour and a half lunch break. They head straight for the gym to get an hour of training in and then have 30 minutes left to get back to the office with lunch.
  3. Cut the Cord - The average American spends 30 hours per week watching TV. Cut the cord to save time and money spent on cable.


Remember, the time is there, you just need to decide what is important enough. Learn to make time for what you love, who you love, and remember why you love it.

George Cullen