When you work out do you want to see results at some point?
Or do you go to the fitness center to socialize and watch the TV monitor?
(Don’t take my advice here for working out. First get cleared to workout by your physician. Then workout with a professional trainer who will create a workout designed specifically for you.)
Most of us want to see results of weight loss, better cardio fitness or a firmer body at some point. What this means is no wasted time or effort.
If you’re thinking you never waste time at the gym, here’s a few ways that you are likely wasting time and effort.
First there’s this thinking that warming up on the treadmill is a must.
Well, that really depends upon what you’re warming up for.
If you’re about to lift weights, your warm up time may be better spent on doing some low intensity movements that are in the areas of your body that will be part of the weight lifting routine.
Second is the misconception of only working on a single area of the body at a time when weight lifting.
This is simply not true. You can create dual sets of working on different parts of the body during the same timeframe. An example is – overhead pressing and deadlifts. Another example is pullups and squats.
It’s clear these will not interfere with one another and will save you time.
Further by cutting down the amount of time you may typically take between single sets you may find increased cardio benefits as well.
A third item is allowing a weight to lower down by gravity.
Conversely using momentum to lift weights. The correct method is using a controlled effort with a consistent count each time. This is actually where the muscles are getting the ability to grow. You should be able to create your own type of workout pairings with your personal trainer.
So now you may be asking yourself, why exactly is Mitch spending time going over weight training tips when he even began by saying ‘Don’t take my advice…’
Well first of all – – Lawyers.
The rest of the story is related, meaning – here’s some serious time wasters at work for Leaders and Managers and controlling these time wasters will be good for you and appreciated by your team.
The number one and number two are related and absolutely drive everyone bonkers. A pointless meeting. A meeting that goes off topic.
So why do they keep happening?
When is the last time anyone either took a course, created a meeting instruction page or set up rules for having meetings?
Every meeting must have an agenda and goal for the result at the conclusion of the meeting. If these cannot be stated – don’t have the meeting.
The agenda has to be clear, states what the meeting hopes to accomplish and provides tips for how to best prepare for the meeting.
The number three time waster may be stated as too large a project or project creep.
By creating a broad project it becomes more difficult to have meaningful check-ins and deadlines. In addition, with a larger project it becomes easier for others to pile on top of the large project other items they may want done as well.
A good way to head this off is to have the larger project divided right from the start into smaller more defined steps.
Each of these with accountability, deadline dates and expected deliverables before moving onto the next step. Each step upon completion can be celebrated and give everyone a sense of accomplishment.
You may want to add a few of your own to this list. All I ask is you have more than just the complaint – state the solution to your time waster.
If you feel comfortable with yours you may share it here in the comments.
Remember – Time waits for no one,
Time is precious,
You cannot buy more Time.
Wenkroy International LLC is a boutique consulting company with a main purpose of helping entrepreneurs and business people create the strategy, the plan and the steps necessary to achieve that person’s vision for their business and often their life, while navigating the obstacles which may be blocking them from reaching their goals. The process may involve one on one coaching, advising, laser focus days, personal growth workshops and more. The process is utilized for individuals, teams, divisions and across entire companies. People are now able to focus on what matters most to them, because, they have clarity on where they are heading.
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