ORGANIZE AND PRIORITIZE Write a to-do and activities list for the coming month, and make it as comprehensive as possible. Split the list into important and optional items. Using two different colored pencils, one for important items and the other for optional, plug your activities and tasks into the days on your calendar. If the month already appears too busy, cut back on optional activities. In the coming weeks, use your calendar to manage your time. Be ready to say no to new invitations or tasks when necessary.
SCHEDULE EXERCISE On Monday of each of the coming weeks, use your calendar to schedule at least three hours of exercise per week plus one back-up hour (in case you miss a workout). Exercising burns calories and maintains your metabolism, so if you do indulge, the results won't be as bad. (Do both cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Studies show this combination is more effective than either one alone for losing and maintaining weight.) Exercise also helps your body deal with the effects of stress, and it fights off the winter blues. If you typically work out in the evening, some activities may demand a change for this month with spring fast approaching. Consider getting up a half-hour earlier to exercise, or fitting in a half-hour during lunch. Or maybe you can squeeze in a quick workout if you go straight to the gym from work. Although exercise is important, there may be times when you need to cut yourself some slack. Just try not to fall into an all-or-nothing mentality: One workout is definitely better than not working out at all.
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