Updated: May 12, 2020
If you're like me, you're always on the go...always somewhere doing something, creating something, attending something, helping someone, always working, etc. It's very easy for us to get wrapped up in work without even realizing we may be over-working ourselves...or maybe even sometimes we recognize we are over-working ourselves but don't really have the tools to control it. Below are three things I do to make my week run a whole lot smoother.
1. Meal Prep
I know this may seem cliche but trust me it really helps. Spending money on things you shouldn't really be eating only hurts you over time. Prep your meals days in advance to save time and money. Pinterest is my BFF. I have a Pinterest board called Healthy Eating full of quick, easy recipes. Whenever I'm stuck on what to cook I refer to it. I enjoy meal prepping because of course, it makes me feel like my life is together but also, it keeps me from eating processed foods. Take the time to prepare meals that are healthy and give you all of the nutrients you need. Besides Pinterest, I use an app called Mealtime. This app creates recipes for you and also creates the grocery list after selecting which meals you'd like to cook. The free version is convenient and also has some pretty tasty meals. Another great feature is it allows you to customize your recipes. For example, the Keto diet is a new trend-it has the ability to only show you meals within this diet. Sometimes I get so involved in work I forget to eat or don't have the energy to cook. Having consistent days set aside for meal prepping also makes it more manageable (but we'll get to this in #3).
2. Make Time for Self-Care
I can't reiterate this one enough. Set aside time to love yourself. We wake up everyday go to work, come home run around doing house/busywork, go to bed, and do it all over it again. It's essential you set aside time to really do what you love doing. I personally have a few moments out of the week that I set aside to read, blog, write, bible journal, catch up on tv shows, etc. A couple of times of the month I set aside time to pamper myself...hair, nails, lashes, massage, facials, brows, etc. Those are probably my favorite days out of the month. I enjoy my time alone and it's important that we don't neglect it or take this time for granted. Of course, I have a Pinterest board for this too called Personal Growth. I know several people like practice self-care by hanging out with friends or connecting with friends because they don't get enough time to during the week. I personally prefer to be alone most of the time but there is no right or wrong. Literally, do what makes you happy, whatever you feel most at peace with.
3. Routine. Routine. Routine.
This one may depend on the individual but it's pretty important to me. I am a linear person, meaning I like to learn and see things from a chronological perspective. I prefer to learn steps 1, 2, and 3 whereas many people don't really care about the order. I like following a strict routine, mainly because it was how I was raised but also because everything that I need is in line. When you have a million and one things going on, it's almost hard to not have some sort of schedule or plan. I prefer to stick to the same routine weekly so that I don't forget to do something. Immediately when I have a new meeting, event, obligation...I pull out my phone and put it into my schedule, that away there's no way I could possibly forget.
When I slack on my routine one day, it usually messes up the entire week. Our bodies love routine. I go to bed at the same time daily and wake up at the same time. Consistency is key. The most important rule of thumb with this is to always leave room for error, emergencies, changes, etc.
Sis, I feel like I have my life together already!
Everyone has their own unique way of functioning day-to-day. These three are my starters and I have several other key factors that support each one. Remember to always take care of yourself regardless of what is demanding your time and attention.
These are just a few ways that help keep me stay afloat during busy times. Try them out and let me know how they work for you. Or if you're already using them, what do you do differently? What isn't working for you? How can you make them better?
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