Fit To Lead – Pick An Hour

This is Part 3 of my Fit To Lead Series – Pick An Hour.  If you’re anything like me, your days are hectic and rushed.  From the moment you wake up, to the second you fall asleep, you’re doing something.  Where in the world are you going to find one hour a day to exercise?

I’ve battled, and still do battle, this issue.  Let’s face it, there is never a perfect time to go to the gym, or head outside for some sports activity.  There are many things in our lives that are vying for our attention and more often than not, we can’t fit them all into our day.

Moreover, exercise doesn’t show us any immediate results.  As a society that is used to instant feedback, something that takes weeks, months, or years, is hard for us to give priority to over something that shows results instantly.

But we know we need to exercise.  Some of the world’s greatest leaders cite exercise as one of the main things that helped lead to their success.  We all know Boone Pickens is a fan of it, he built a gym in every office building he has ever owned.  George Bush, used to run 3 miles every day and left The White House with a heart as healthy as a man in his 30’s.  President Obama shoots hoops, Micheal Hyatt runs marathons and 5Ks, Sir Richard Bronson works out every day!  Heck, Bronson once told a group of influential business leaders that he believed exercise was the most important thing a person can do to increase their productivity.   He says it adds 4 hours of productivity to his day every time he exercises.

Ok, so it’s important.  But how can we ever find the time?  I’ll give you some suggestions.

  1. Pick an hour – it doesn’t matter if it’s 9am to 10am or 2pm to 3pm.  Just pick 1 hour out of your day and make it your goal to work out during that hour.
  2. Organize your day – keep the hour you chose in your mind and choose your tasks in a way that allows you some free time, or at least flexible time, around the hour you chose.
  3. Destroy Distraction – Don’t check emails right before your hour or make a business call.  Activities like this tend to lead to action.  You have to follow up with another email or create a quote.  Don’t allow yourself to get distracted.
  4. Find your Escape – if you’re available 30 minutes prior, leave!  Look for opportunities to duck out as the time approaches. Don’t wait until the clock strikes 9am to leave.  You may find yourself tied up.
  5. Don’t start a task – make sure anything you do 30 minutes prior to your hour, isn’t going to take more than 30 minutes.
  6. Review and Adjust – you may find that you don’t have energy at a certain time, or your company seems to be busy at one time but not another.  Continue to search for an hour that will work well for you.  I used to work out at 2pm, but found that I was missing too much key activity at the office.  I have found through trial and error that 10 am creates the least impact on my ability to be successful and achieve what I want to during the day.


Leave a comment below letting us know when you like to exercise and why, so maybe others can learn from your experience.

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