Lately, I have been examining every area of my life – filled with a desire and craving to be a better version of myself and capture the potential of each moment. Time management has always been difficult for me, and I hated letting time get away from me because when you have a lot you want to do for your health, for your family and for others, the last thing you want is to not be able to do something because you ran out of time.
Here are some things I have learned in my time management journey:
#1 – Prepping Food Ahead of Time Keeps You Eating Clean
Setting aside an hour and a half on a Sunday night to prep a few sides, a few main dishes and a breakfast makes the rest of my week a BREEZE. I love that I can prep the foods when it is convenient for me! Because let’s face it, 5pm on a Wednesday night is not a great time for me to try to chop all the veggies for my fried rice! And when you think about it, the reason we eat foods with a lot of preservatives is because those foods have already been prepared for us!! So when we get home from work starving and exhausted we don’t have to start from scratch, but if you do the prep yourself ahead of time then it’s just as quick during the week and WAY more healthy.
—-> Here’s a video I made with a little more information on the value of food prep.
—-> And no discussion of food prep would be complete without a link to my FAVORITE thing to prep: Salads in a Jar
#2 – Keep it Simple in the Kitchen
I am a foodie and I LOVE exotic flavors and playing around with new tastes, and there is a time for that, but when things get busy you have to simplify. Simple doesn’t mean bland or boring! In fact, I started an instagram account that features delicious recipes that only take 5 ingredients but are full of flavor and texture. When your season is busy, it might be time to put away the complicated casseroles or gourmet creations and stick with some more basic dinners – I promise you they can be just as delicious and satisfying.
—–> Follow me on Instagram to get my 5 ingredient recipes!
#3 – Work (out) Smarter Not Harder
It’s no secret that High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) is not only the latest and greatest, but SO incredibly effective. If you don’t already know, High Intensity Interval Training is a type of workout that is shorter in duration but higher in intensity. Going hard for 1 minute or 45 second intervals and then taking short breaks actually gives a MUCH better workout than going for a moderate pace for a much longer time. If you are trying to capture every moment and make it count then you HAVE to be doing workouts like this. There are several free ones on You Tube or Apps. My favorite are Beachbody workouts like 21 Day Fix, PiYo and T25 (common, who doesn’t have time for 25 minute workouts?!).
#4 – Hydration Check!
When I get busy, one of the first things that I COMPLETELY drop the ball on is my hydration! I can sometimes go an entire day with only a glass or two of water. I just don’t think about it! There is this great app called iDrated that will set off alarms throughout the day to remind you to drink enough. I love it and it keeps me on track even in the busiest of days!
#5 – Get A Support System
The busier life gets the more I am tempted to put my health on the back burner. To convince myself that it’s selfish to spend time on myself and my health. I NEED someone who cares about me to support me and remind me why I’m doing this and that it is a worthwhile investment of my time! Find a friend or make me your free coach. We all need someone in our corner, especially when things get busy, to tell us that it’s OK to take 30 minutes for a brisk walk or workout.
I have decided that this is the perfect time to offer my “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That” Challenge.
A FREE week long challenge starting September 8th that will run on Facebook which will focus on 30 minute (or less) healthy dinners, tips and tricks for planning ahead of time, snacks that are healthy and easy to grab when you are on the go and a 5 minute workout assignment each day!
Click Here to join the group – I look forward to getting to know you and working together to improve our healthy – even when life is busy!