Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
As a part-time nurse, full-time mama and wife, gal that needs to get her workouts in, and blogger…life can be full. At work recently, I was in a conversation with few of my new co-workers. They were talking about how they didn’t understand where they would find the time or energy once they had babies of their own because they already felt low on both time and energy.
I kept quiet during this conversation. Which is very much not like me, but when you’re new to a group…you don’t want come off as a know it all. That’s just a side tip for you, it is very off putting 😉
But, what I wanted to say to them and what I will share with you today is : MANAGE YOUR TIME BETTER, WORKOUT, EAT WELL, AND GO TO BED ON TIME. The difference? You came to this blog on your own 🙂
Manage your time better:
I’ve talked about time chunking on the blog many times before, but have you tried it yet? It is SO good.
I’m certainly not the person that’s going to tell you to be efficient all the time, but when you need to get something done, are you using a strategy? Posting a blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays, running an Instagram account that I want to be uplifting/inspiring/motivational, and starting a business with my sister…ALL TAKES TIME! I’m going to be SO excited someday to tell Maxwell that I built a business during his nap and bedtime (babe goes to bed at 7pm, mama goes to bed at 9:30pm). To get things done, I’ve got to be efficient during the time I do have. This means that I need a strategy that works.
Time chunking: I set my iPhone timer for 25 minutes, pick the task that needs immediate attention, and GO! During this time, I don’t let myself answer text messages, emails, or go on any social media. I focus and get sh*t done. You give yourself a 10 minute break between chunks and go again!
There has been SO much research on how multitasking is actually very inefficient and takes up too much precious brain fuel. Our brains are inherently not good at jumping from task to task to task and by trying to do a lot of things at once your actually far more inefficient. I know, shocking because multitasking is the rally cry of women/mamas everywhere. Knowing this is actual facts, I focus on one task at a time.
Examples of time chunks: 25 minutes of blog writing, 25 minutes of cleaning (I do also listen to podcasts while cleaning), 25 minutes to responding to emails, 25 minutes on business work. That way I can give ALL my focus to the task at hand and it gets done a lot more efficiently.
The challenge is to stick to it and not get distracted or give yourself an excuse to jump to something else. Even if an exciting email dings into your inbox, you keep going until your time chunk is done before going to read it.
Managing your time better will lessen your stress load, free time up for working out and sleeping enough, and give you the ability to spend quality time with your loved ones (because all your work is done).
The lists of benefits seemingly goes on forever and ever. One that few people know about is that is GIVES you energy. Most people think, there is no way I could go and workout first thing in the morning. I’ll be SO exhausted. But, those of us that are doing it will tell you…it’s the opposite. It starts your day on a positive and healthy note, and wakes you up. It’s science.
Research has proven that people that workout are more efficient at tasks and there is STRONG evidence to back this up. “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” John Ratey, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, said in an interview with U.S. News & World Report. “Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”
So working out boosts your energy, boosts your mood, boosts your confidence, boosts your memory, boosts your learning. Still sitting on the couch?
Regular blog readers are thinking, oh here she goes again. Haha. But, the vast majority of people that don’t sleep enough are making a choice. They are valuing something over there sleep and it might be something silly like a television show. Last night I was asking Drew, who really stays up late enough to watch the late night shows?! That’s insane to me. Sure, new mamas and daddies are going to lose out on some sleep for the first few months…but, are you doing what you can to get the sleep you can? If you are low on energy it might not be caffeine you need, it likely is the proper amount of sleep. Remember, adults should aim for at least 7 hours, and most do better at 8.
Over the past 3 years of blogging, and after working nightshift…I became incredibly passionate about this subject. I could feel and see on the scale what poor sleeping habits (flipping my schedule constantly for nightshift) were doing to my health. Sleep, sleep, sleep ENOUGH!
Sometime along the way people stopped associating what they eat with their energy levels and health. OR started thinking of eating healthy as this mystical concept that is so darn hard to incorporate into their own life.
Maybe you’re feeling drained because you are eating like crap. Why is eating a variety of whole foods important to you? It is vital to your health. It can help prevent or help treat many chronic diseases.
Here is a little preview from Alison:
The research over and over and over and over (…you get the picture…) and over again has identified the healthiest diet to follow for those looking to prevent and manage/treat many of the most common chronic diseases that contribute to many of the preventable deaths in the U.S.
What diet is that? A whole food, plant-based diet (WFPBD).
What does the WFPBD consist of?
- Whole Grains (whole wheat bread, barley, brown rice, etc.)
- Fruits (apples, oranges, berries, etc.)
- Vegetables (carrots, greens, peppers, etc.)
- Starchy Vegetables & Tubers (potatoes, yams, corn, winter squash, etc.)
- Beans & Legumes (black beans, kidney beans, lentils, etc.)
- Nuts & Seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.)
Is this what you are eating?! Because I’m certainly eating too much animal based and I know it! As she suggests, you don’t have to completely do without animal products…but, it would be wise to start to shift more toward WFPBD.
I’ve heard SO many people kind of throw their hands up in the air when it comes to these subjects, and I would love it this post inspired one single person to pick up one better habit. I think too many of us throw our hands up in the air and say, “I don’t know how to lift?!” “Eating healthy is hard, I don’t even know what to make?!” “I don’t have the time.” etc. etc.
Here is the thing: there are SO many people out there (like Alison and I) that want to spread the good news of living a healthier lifestyle. Alison gives out SO much free information and recipes over at her site, so head there if you’re not sure where to begin.
We’ve got to take holds of our lives. We are in charge. Nobody can change for us.
Hope ya’ll have the best weekend! Make a healthy choice for me 😉