Do you ever feel like it is the end of the weekend and you have the upcoming week ahead, filled with so many new goals to eat better, be more productive or overcome a new obstacle? I sure do. I often times tell myself Sunday night, that I am going to meal prep, workout each morning, keep up with my responsibilities (like a clean car and room) and then somehow our perfect plan is thrown off track by one event. When this happens it is so important to know two things, 1) That life will never be “perfect” so we should not expect our plans to always go as we desire and 2)Use the following tips to help you stay on the Monday-Friday Grind.
So let’s jump right in, to Tip #1:
Write things down. I cannot emphasize this enough, for years I have been going through life with a full time school and work load just basing my responsibilities on memory or the infamous “I’ll do that (enter tedious task here) in a minute. Well… that minute will pass, or the phone will ring and that to-do item will suddenly slip through the cracks. So write things down, not some things, write EVERYTHING down. It becomes a habit, and will improve your productivity as well as relieve stress. Nothing feels better than checking something off your list and feeling like you have accomplished something for the day.
Be Prepared. This is another good one. Whatever days works best for you, (for me it is Sunday Evening) I take five minutes and simply plan ahead for my week. I look at what appointments, classes, workouts, birthday parties, family dinners and so on, that I might have going on for the week and make sure that I am truly planning ahead for what the week has to bring. I want to make sure that I am giving myself enough time to finish my assignments at work and school, fitting in a little “me” time at the gym, having a little fun with friends and loved ones all while making sure my life has a healthy balance. Bonus Tip *If you always give yourself more than enough time for everything you have scheduled, when unforeseen events pop up, you can remain as calm/cool as a cucumber, because you got this!
Drink Water. I will be the first person to say I do not enjoy water, and you are not going to see me walking around with a gallon jug all day. However, when you get up in the morning grab yourself a cup of water and just drink it. This will form a healthy habit and get you started on the right foot for your day. Drinking water is great for working out, to keep you hydrated, or maybe you are feeling worn down halfway through your day. Replacing soda’s or other beverages with a glass of water can truly give your body what it needs and keep you strong throughout the day. Something that my mom has always told me was “If you are drinking water only when your dying of thirst you are keeping your body in a constant state of dehydration”. Some things that have helped me add more water into my regimen are 1) Keeping a bottle/glass of water near me at all times and taking sips of it frequently, 2) adding lemon juice to my water to add some flavor, 3) When ordering from a restaurant, always take them up on a water before your meal.
Journal, Write in a devotional or take time to reflect. (Better yet, do all 3) When life is a constant stream of go-go-go it is nice to take time to write down your thoughts, reflect on your day or even dive into a daily devotional. Whether you have time to do this in the morning, or keep it on your night stand for after your day is done, it is truly refreshing. Sometimes we need a little spark of positivity to brighten up our day and see our situation in a new light. Other times, reflecting and journaling can spark new goals or creative ventures in your life.
The One Minute Rule, this is something that I actually read in a blog post by the gorgeous Olivia Rink she wrote about how you do not put anything off for “later” that you could do in a minute or less. This is a really awesome tool to use, because it makes sure those little to-do’s do not start to pile up. Defeat procrastination by using the one minute rule on a daily basis.
By using these tips, you will be able to stay on your grind all week long. Just like so many of you, my life is overbooked, and there is never enough time in the day to get everything done. Adulting is not always easy!
Wishing everyone a blessed week.
Cute Journals and My Favorite Devotionals