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“I’ve heard that meditation and exercise will make my life work more smoothly, but I never find the time for this. How can I make this a priority?”

First get clear on why you want to meditate or exercise. Your why is the fuel that keeps you moving forward when obstacles come in the way. If your children’s lives depended on you exercising, would you make time?

Once you are clear on your why, here are a few tips that will help you increase your productivity and “make time” for mediation and exercise:

  1. Chunk your time into focused blocks where you do only one thing at a time.
  2. Prioritize what is most important. Perhaps you can cut back on certain activities, like cleaning the house less often to squeeze a short workout in.
  3. Track your time.

Darren Hardy, the publisher of Success Magazine, attributes tracking to be one of the most valuable tools in his success. Track every hour of your day to see where the time goes. This will allow you to then make changes to your daily actions.

Akshay Nanavati

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I am a Marine Corps Veteran, a speaker, an explorer, an entrepreneur and a success coach. After recovering from a life of drugs in high school, I enlisted in the US Marines despite being told by two separate doctors that I would not be able to survive boot camp because of a debilitating medical condition called Thallasemia.

During my six years in the Marines, I earned a bachelors degree in history and philosophy, a masters degree in journalism from the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and I spent 7 months fighting the war in Iraq as a non-commissioned officer.

In my spare time, I pushed the limits of my fears in the outdoors. I have climbed mountains in the Himalayas, Africa, Bolivia, Alaska and the Cascades. I have been skydiving, scuba diving, caving, rock climbing, ice climbing, ice diving and mountain biking. In May of this year, I spent one month skiing across the second largest icecap in the world in Greenland. In temperatures as low as -40 degrees, I dragged a sled weighing 190 pounds across 350 miles.

Since then I have started two businesses: an adventure company and Human Potential Development LLC, where I help others live every day with passion and purpose through coaching, public speaking and transformational workshops. I am also a trained success coach by the ICF accredited coach training program.

While running my two businesses, I continue to explore the most hostile environments on the planet and share the wisdom I have gained from a life on the edge with others so that they too can cross their icecaps and reach their summits.

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