As a professoinal health and fitness coach for the last 20+ years, I have had too many conversations to count with clients that just don't feel like they have enough time in the day to get to everything they need to do.
Sometimes these conversations lead into a talk about priorities, but recently I have started helping them learn how to make these activites not seem so ardous.
Break It Up
Let' take soimething that every fitness coach, trainer, and nutritionist will tell you to do: drink more water. On the surface it seems simple enough, but in practicce it can get difficult.
But if you think about your waking hours in terms of quadrants (6 am - 10 am, 10 am - 2 pm, 2 pm - 6 pm, 6 pm - 10 pm) and set a goal of drinking a certain amount of water in each of those quadrants, the overall goal becomes easier to envision.
So if you have a goal of drinking a gallon of water each day (128 oz), then drinking 32 oz every 4 hours makes it seem much less ardous.
Use this Method for Other Goals
This method is nothing new. We have been helping clients break down lofty goals into sub-goals for years. That being so, it still seems to become a challenge to figure out how to implement these sub-goals.
But if you think about the goals in terms of what you need to do every 4 hours, its not so monumentous.
That's 2500 steps every four hours to accumulate 10,000.
It's meditate for 5 minutes every four hours to achive 20 minutes over the whole day.
It's much easier to create a plan for your new habit if you break into smaller, time-based goals.