You know how on some mornings, you cannot find anything. Your keys are not in the right spot. You cannot find your cell phone, and it is on vibrate. You have a big presentation today, your running late, and you cannot find the dang flash drive….grrrr Oh, and of course your suit is wrinkled! It is gonna be one of those days! Your stress levels are elevated and there is no doubt you will be late. Now let’s imagine this scenario in a better light. The night before, you took the time to iron your clothes. You set your keys, cell, and flash drive all on the counter. All you have to do in the morning is grab some breakfast, dress, and head out…stress free and on time! Wouldn’t this make your day and life so much better? Probably.
Well I used the work project example above, because most of us have encounter this scenario in some form in our lives. But it can also relate to how we plan (or don’t plan) our workouts and healthy meals. Being disorganized wastes time and is stressful, especially if you are in a time crunch. So set yourself up for the smoothest day possible. This way you can easily balance the gym, work, school, kids and/or a significant other. It is possible!
If you are disorganized, you probably waste valuable minutes in the morning. So make getting ready the night before a priority…especially if you are not a morning person! Here are some easy ideas you can implement:
- Set your work/school clothes out, as well as your workout gear (including clothes, gloves, snacks, shoes, etc.)
- Know your workout gameplan for the day. (Are you taking a spin class, running, weight training legs?) Don’t just figure it out when you get there. Have a plan and execute it. This will save you time.
- Have a breakfast plan in mind before you go to bed. (Breakfast is absolutely necessary!) Some easy ideas: smoothies (which can be pre-made), cereal, whole grain toast with a piece of fruit, and/or oatmeal. Without breakfast, you are setting yourself up for binges and energy dips.
- Get a cool lunch bag/box and start carrying your lunch. After dinner the night before, put away the leftovers for lunch. Or over the weekend or your off day make a few easy to grab lunches. This strategy makes eating healthier that much simpler, and likely. If you don’t pack your lunch, no telling what pitfalls you may encounter.
- Plan your dinners for the week over the weekend and make sure that your grocery list coincides. (Who wants to run to the grocery store after work?) This may cut down on the urge to eat out or grab some unhealthy fast food.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting strategies, tips, and whatever else is on my brain. Please comment…give me your ideas…your struggles. We can make our (virtual) community healthier one blog post at time.