We all have 168 hours in a week. That's a 24 hour day - 7 of them in a row to be exact. That is a lot of time. How come some people seem to have zero then? Are their lives really that packed? Or do they get a big "fail" at time management? Since I have to have this conversation with a client in one way or another virtually every week, let's break it down:
Let's assume, even though it is a stretch, that everyone works 60 hours a week. That leaves 108 hours left (168-60=108). Even though everyone thinks they run optimally on 6 hours of sleep (newsflash - you don't), we are going to assign everyone in our example here 8 hours. That is 56 hours of sleep a week. That leaves us with 52 hours left in our week
(168-60(work)-56(sleep)=52 hours. That is still a lot of time left on the table. Cue excuses in 3...2...1....
If you trained just three hours a week (four 45 minute sessions) that would equate to just 5% of your remaining 52 hours. If you look at that 3 hour window in terms of the total week it is even more ridiculous. 3 hours of training time in terms of your total week (168 hours) equates to just 1.78% of your week! As the numbers show, often it's not the lack of available time, its what you do with the time you have.
Next "time" you think that you don't have any time to train (or sleep, or read, or eat.....) do a "time" audit. Assign time values to everything - work, sleep, food prep, internet (this is a huge time taker....), kids homework....whatever occupies your day. Total it up and minus it from 168, and you are probably going to be surprised with the rather large number staring back at you.
Then you must come to the realization that it is most likely not a matter of "can't," its a matter of "won't......"