Life. Is. Busy. And it always will be, for the most part.

If you’re someone who would like to start meditating and you’ve been waiting for the perfect time, there isn’t one. There’s only one way that you will begin meditating – and that is to make the time for it.

Here are 5 tips to help YOU find time to fit meditation into your busy life.

(1) Schedule it – I know – this seems wrong in some way. But it isn’t. If it works (which it will) it means you’ll be meditating more and scrolling through your Feedback feed a lot less. Like anything important in life, we can’t wait for it to be convenient. We have to make it happen. Start by scheduling a 5 minute meditation into each day, at the time you feel you will be the LEAST likely to be interrupted.

(2) Find the BEST time to meditate – You have to do what works best for you, but the optimal time of day for most people to meditate will either be before the day gets going (sunrise time) OR in the evening, just after dinner and before it gets too late. If you leave it until 9 or 10 pm, you will probably be too sleepy and will push it off until the next day. By choosing the best time for your meditation practice, you set yourself up for success.

(3) It doesn’t have to be long. Start with 20 minutes. Or 10. Or even 5. How about 1? The point is that you don’t need to block off an hour. Studies show that even just a few minutes of meditation leads to changes in our brain waves, lowered blood pressure and much more. Most of us are very busy but we do get these “pockets” of time throughout the day that are usually filled with checking something on our phone, smoking or standing around. Instead, why not use this time to meditate. Some of the world’s most successful leaders meditate regularly.

(4) Write it down. If you find that when you sit to meditate your busy monkey mind takes over, grab a piece of paper and jot down everything on your mental to-do list. Get it all out so that when you meditate you know you can come back to it later. If you don’t write these things down, chances are they’ll just keep swirling around and around inside your head.

(5)  Only break for a true Emergency – The phone might ring. The cat might meow. Your kid might call out for you. Your phone will most likely ding. Eliminate as many distractions as you can first and then make an agreement with yourself that you will only stop your meditation when there is a true emergency. A true emergency is one where you are actually in danger OR your reputation could be harmed if you don’t stop to deal with it.