We all know how important it is to make time for yourself. How are you supposed to excel at work, relationships, and commitments if you don’t take the time to prepare & meditate before and refuel & rest after?
Yesterday, I found myself at the end of the night thinking about how productive my day was, but yet how much time I had for personal care. Spending time with loved ones and keeping healthy mentally and physically are top priority for me. Otherwise, I can guarantee I’ll be pretty miserable!
1. Don’t fight it when your pet tries to wake you up.
Or just wake up 20 minutes early! I usually set my alarm at least a half hour before I actually have to get out of bed. But usually, Gus comes in stomping all over our heads before the last “duck” alarm sound goes off on my iPhone. Yesterday, both Joe and I woke up with him and enjoyed some peace in bed before starting the day. I wish every morning could start like that, but I somehow end up snoozing right until that last minute! It was nice to talk and cuddle with the boys before the start of the busy day.
2. Don’t eat on your lunch break.
Yes, that’s what I said. Get a manicure instead! I am travelling later this week for work and have a ton of stuff to get done. I opted to get a relaxing manicure on my lunch break and just ate my lunch at my desk while plowing through e-mails. Sometimes, it just works out better productivity-wise to run errands on lunch (helloooo Target that is five feet from my work) and eat at my desk after. Though, there are days that I just want to sit and relax and enjoy my food in the kitchen, so I try to vary it.
3. Wear yoga pants to work.
Yesterday, I let myself sleep in and just signed up for a yoga class after work. Since the studio is a halfway between work and home, and I usually hit a lot of traffic, I usually need to step out a few minutes early to change so I can hit the road right away. Instead, I decided to just make my yoga pants look cute with a big comfy sweater and flats. Why not!? All I had to do was throw on my Lululemon bra-in tank and go!
Don’t want to work out in the morning? Would you rather sleep in on a few days of the week? So what! Workout after work! Notably, yoga is a great way to decompress from the day. However, I ended up making it to the studio 15 minutes early and hopped in on a yoga barefoot bootcamp class. It. was. INTENSE. I burned about 700 calories with a combination of sun salutations, high intensity cardio intervals, total body strength conditioning, and a final savasana. All in a HOT yoga room.
5. Fold laundry while watching the bachelor. Come on, it’s not like you really need to pay that much attention.
I got home at about 7:45 and hopped right in the shower so that I would be ready to sit down for the Bachelor at 8pm. I watched while folding laundry, brushing my wet hair, and running back and forth between commercials to pack up tomorrows pre-prepped lunch, empty the dishwasher, and pickup around the house. It’s pretty amazing how much you can get done in 2 hours while still realizing how many times AshLee can call Sean, “This man”.
- What are your favorite ways to make some extra time during a busy day?