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How can I find the time to start a healthy habit?

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For a day or two, keep a journal. Write down what you do and what time you do it, in real time. (Stayed an extra hour at work, 5:30-6:30 p.m., or Hit the snooze button, 7:00-7:15 a.m., for example.)

Then, evaluate. Does anything surprise you? Snoozing longer than you thought? Maybe that’s an extra 10 minutes of found time. Staying late at work consistently? Perhaps you can stay 45 minutes instead of an hour (or leave on time one day a week) and use the time to make a healthy dinner.

SOURCES:

John Murphy, author, , Career Press, 2013; founder, Venture Management Consultants Inc., Grand Rapids, MI. Zentrepreneur: Get Out of the Way and Lead

Laura Vanderkam, author, , Portfolio Trade, 2011. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

The New York Times : "Ask Well: Sleep or Exercise?" and "Yes, You Can: Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In.'"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

John Murphy, author, , Career Press, 2013; founder, Venture Management Consultants Inc., Grand Rapids, MI. Zentrepreneur: Get Out of the Way and Lead

Laura Vanderkam, author, , Portfolio Trade, 2011. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

The New York Times : "Ask Well: Sleep or Exercise?" and "Yes, You Can: Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In.'"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 14, 2018

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