Post # 1
So lately I’ve just been feeling a bit down on myself and my life is kind of raveling a bit 🙁
Went on a diet, gained back all the weight, plus some!Ii like to be organized and lately all that has gone out the window! Im tired constantly and the last thing i want to do when I get home from work is study/ work out/ cook food etc.
So basically I’m just wondering is there any good sites or tips to help me make time for all the things I need to do?
I need to make meal plans, study schedules, work out, walk my dog, along with a load of other stuff! I hate being unorganized and its driving me mental but i dont know where to start exactly!
any tips or advice is appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
You should have an accountablility buddy! They are awesome! I have one and although we have been slacking a little bit it(she is having bad allergies at the moment and I haven’t been sleeping well), it’s great to have that person that has your back!
Post # 4
Franklin Covey planners are awesome, but pricey.
If you’re okay with getting the super plain ones though, you can usually find them on Ebay for less money.
Then there is a book by Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that goes along with the planning/time management/prioritization skills used in the planners.
The system as a whole is all about balance in your life, and recognizing the difference between things that have to get done vs. those that you’d just like to get done and things that will take a long time to accomplish vs. those that can be crossed off the list rather quickly.
At one of my past jobs I actually went to a whole day training on the system and was 100% into it for a while but I’ve kinda fallen off track. Once DH and I move I’m hoping to get back into it to help organize my life!
Post # 5
So start with the one that you have to do. Eat.
Pick up clean eating magazine. They have great recipes with a meal planner and a shopping list. Try using that for a month to assist you. This will help you eat healthier (the weight piece) and save you thinking and shopping time (a time piece)
Also think ahead. If you can spare an hour or two on sunday you can save several hours during he week. Make food ahead for dinner. Make a vegetable lasagna using eggplant instead of noodles and lowfat ricotta. A big one can be eaten for dinner and lunch. Any leftovers put in the freezer for lunch a week or two later.
Roast a whole chicken or several chicken breasts. This can be used for greek salads, mexican dishes, BBQ chicken sandwiches/paninis etc during the week for dinner or lunch.
Pre-chop some apples, bell peppers, carrots and other things that hold up well for easy snacking.
NOW… Get a large white marker board and divide it up into a week. Plan you week with each marker represnting something- green for your planned meal, blue for dog walk, red for study time, black for “quiet time”.
And make sure you put in 30 minutes of quiet time for you at least every other day For something for you. A bath, reading, a glass of wine and TV.
If you schedule yourself ahead of time then you know how much time you have to do something then you tend to do it faster. If you just know you have a to-do list, it can take longer to get through. But if you assign 20 minutes to fold laundry, 15 to wash the bathroom and 10 to vaccume the living room, you will be done in less than an hour. IF you just have a list that could easily take 90 minutes.
Also, spread it out. Do a little something today and more tomorrow. So scrub the tub while you are showering, and boil some hardboiled eggs while you put your makeup on. The tomorrow do the vaccuming.
Post # 6
@lefeymw: “So start with the one that you have to do. Eat.”
^That made me chuckle – but it’s awesome advice!
Post # 8
Prioritize what is important! The rest doesn’t matter.
If you hate cooking. Don’t! Pick up healthy meals from somewhere or buy frozen stuff. If you do like cooking but don’t have the time, cook in large quantities and freeze individual portions. You can pull out a portion and microwave later.
If you don’t mind having a cluttered home, let it be cluttered. It’s your home! I tell people all the time, my home is not dirty but it is junky. It doesn’t bother me that everyone’s shoes are all over the house, but a sink full of dirty dishes drives me nuts!
I used to stress myself cleaning because my neighbors had these picture perfect homes. Then I realized, excessive cleaning/tidying is their thing. Not mine. I took a look at what was actually important to me (not others) and let everything that is not important to me wait around until I’m ready to get to it!
Multitask when you can.
You have to walk the dog and walking is exercise. Yo can speedwalk or jog and you’ve got your workout. You don’t have to go to the gym, unless you really want to.
Do laundry while studying. Cook while doing laundry. Etc.