Workout Routine Hack

For years, I had a pretty standard workout routine.  I basically only worked out in the mornings before work.  However, the more and more I have breakfast meetings, conferences, two days of teaching a morning class, the more than is proving unsustainable.  My workout schedule has gotten pretty borked in the meantime. 

Lately, I’ve been using a set of recurring calendar appointments to schedule my workouts week to week.  I basically setup a repeating set of workouts—3 times at the gym, 2 times in the pool, and a long run.  I don’t need to schedule in biking because that happens during my commute.  I stack them up on Sunday mornings just as a staging area.  On Friday or Saturday, I look ahead to the next week, and drag and drop each appointment to a spot that it works.  Sometimes I get it in before work, other times it’s during a lunch.  Occasionally, I’ll need to swim at night, but for the most part, it works out. 

What’s even better is that if I should miss one, I have a strong urge to bump it to another spot and I do 9 times out of 10.  It’s been working really well—and I think it especially works well for entrepreneurs whose schedule is often not their own and at the whim of investors and customers.

Try it!  It works for me.