Carving out time to train can be a challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just defy the laws of physics and create extra time to study? Unfortunately, it’s not quite that easy. But here are some other ways to find time to watch, learn, and conquer!
10. Have a purpose: Determine what training means to you. Figure out what you want and how you will attain it by setting goals. Make sure your training doesn’t become a chore. Find ways to make it meaningful, and something you look forward to doing.
9. Set a schedule: This might seem simple, but it can never be stressed enough. Add regular, fixed training sessions to your calendar. Do something on a regular basis for long enough and it becomes part of your routine. Once training becomes a habit, you are set.
8. Skip showering: OK, we are kind of joking with this one. After all, good hygiene is always a plus. That said, if you are really desperate to free up time to train, this is an easy way to do so… even though your family/friends/coworkers might disagree.
7. Create a challenge: So you’ve set a schedule; take it one step further and make it a challenge. Vow to train at least an hour a day for 10 days, or whatever it takes to motivate you. Pick a reward: If you train three times a week for a year, you’ll buy that pair of Google Glass you’ve had your eyes on.
6. Train in the morning: If you aren’t a morning person, you’ll probably hate this tip. But several of CBT Nuggets’ rock star trainers recommended getting up 30 minutes early to train. The good news is they said it’s perfectly OK to have a cup of coffee while training.
5. Make it a part of your work day: At CBT Nuggets, employees are required to train for 30 minutes, three days a week. Try asking your boss if you can do something similar at work.
4. Reward yourself: Give yourself a treat when you train. Here’s what CBT Nuggets trainer Shawn Powers had to say about this: “Maybe for you that means an iPad and headphones while sipping a double frap, half whip, mocha-latte with sprinkles. ONLY get that frou-frou drink while you’re training.” Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
3. Try different tactics: Just because something works for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Don’t be afraid to seek advice from a variety of people/sources. You’ve got to find out what enables you to train best.
2. Use idle time: Have a long commute to work? Waiting at the dentist office? Spending your lunch break on Facebook? Walking on the treadmill? Use whatever time you can to train. Ten minutes here and there adds up!
1. Maintain a healthy training balance: Determination and commitment are great when it comes to training. But make sure you balance your training with the rest of your life. Spend some time away from training with family and friends, and have fun. Otherwise, you might burn out or come to resent training.
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