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.