. . . or how I get it “all” done
How do you do all that? It seems to be a frequent question, even if I feel as though I don’t do nearly as much as other women. Because: a) I don’t have kids and b) I don’t work. Or I don’t work now; it’s not as though I’ve never worked. And while the furkids suck up a lot of my time, because I seem to attract the needy ones, I’m under no illusions that it’s anything like having children — not to mention the fact that many of you have children and furkids.
I don’t t think you can have it all. But I do think you can make life easier with a few hacks.
Know your why
It’s not that long ago that I wrote about how important it was to know your why when you pick a race (read that post here). And while I didn’t write about that in my Danette May Challenge review (read that post here), Danette places a great deal of emphasis on knowing your why when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle — which is something I’ve already learned throughout the years.
Without knowing your “why”, it’s all too easy to procrastinate (heck, even when I know my why it’s all too easy to procrastinate!). When you truly know your why, it will help you make better decisions, plain and simple.
So dig deep and get to know why something is important to you. That’s the first step.
Make a to-do list
A to-do list is your roadmap for your day. I prefer a handwritten to-do list, because anything you take the time to write out by hand is more likely to stick in your brain. It’s not a bad idea to have it on your phone, too, although I confess I ain’t got time for that!
I tend to make my to-do list before I get ready for bed. There’s something about writing out what you have to do the next day that can set your mind at ease — even if it seems overwhelming — which it often does!
Are healthy meals overwhelming?
You should have a to-do list for what you’re going to eat, too. I know that that seems like work — and it is — but we area more likely to make better choices when we’ve put some thought into our meals ahead of time. You’re not married to your meal plan, but it can help prevent you from ordering that pizza or stopping in the drive through.
Use that crockpot (or instapot, or any other gadgets that streamline your cooking). Get the next day’s breakfast and dinner prepped the night before. Then just heat up your breakfast or grab it out of the fridge. Throw your dinner into the crockpot. And relax when you get home because dinner is waiting for you. Be sure to make enough for leftovers!
Make extras. I’m a huge fan of leftovers. Grilling chicken breasts? Throw on some extras. Ditto with veggies. Don’t forget to double a favorite recipe and store the extras in the freezer for nights when you truly have no energy.
Do a little meal prep on the weekends, when you have more time. Cut up some veggies. Make a big pot of quinoa and/or rice. Make a big pot of soup. Make some mason jar salads. Get some overnight oats going. Bake some muffins or egg muffins.
Break it into little chunks
Aside from running, it’s rare for me to exercise more than half an hour at a time. In fact, it’s often 10 minutes here, 15 minutes here, some stretching while I wait for things to cook (as I wrote about in my post on ankle mobility — read it here).
Have you ever been running, felt tired, but told yourself you can do anything for 2 minutes? A half mile? A mile? It’s the same thing with all the other exercise, foam rolling, yoga, prehab, etc. that you know you should be doing.
Ditch that all or nothing mindset. Something is always better than nothing and it’s easier to commit to 10 minutes than an hour. Set a timer to make sure you don’t get distracted — and don’t spend more time than you want to. There’s something about a timer that focuses you.
Talk to me:
What is your best life hack?
Have you ever thought about why something is truly important to you?
Do your prefer the routine of work or the freedom of days off?