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How I Stay Productive Daily

Calling all the people who have their life together! Please let me know how you do it because some days I CANNOT get myself together. When I tell people that I get up early to workout and I’m in the middle of training for a race, they ask me where I find the time. Honestly, some days I’m just a zombie running around trying to get stuff done. However after some trial and error, I have learned a few things that keep me organized and productive on a daily basis.

How I Stay Productive Daily

Tip #1 – Use a Weekly Planner

This bleeds in a bit into my meal prepping but I have a weekly planner and I set everything out for the week. Honestly, I do this about two weeks in advance but I try to write down every task outside of the usual work and church time.

When planning tasks, make sure to give yourself enough time to do everything. Don’t make one day of the week jam packed. If it’s possible, spread out housework or chores throughout the week so it’s less daunting. You’re more likely to stay organized if each task seems achievable.

Tip #2 – Set Reminders On Your Phone

Lately, I’ve been staying organized by using an app called Google Keep. It’s basically a note taking app but you can color code each note and set reminders. I can create labels and assign each task a color so I know what goes together. I’ll even use Keep as a way to stay organized when it comes to the blog!

I used this in conjunction with Google Calendar. All the label and colors stay the same as those on Keep so I have a general idea. The great thing I love about Google Calendar is that you can include reminders set with locations and notes so it’s all on any device you chose! If you have a smart watch, I believe you can even send reminders to it too!

There’s plenty of other apps you can use on your phone and your laptop. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard of Slack. This is a great way to stay organized with your team and have a streamlined process.

Tip #3 – Pick Your Non-Negotiable Tasks Daily

Every morning, you should create a to do list. Figure out what needs to be done that day. Once you have that, you should pick between three and five tasks that NEED to be done that day. No excuses. Then structure your day around those tasks. It would be ideal if you could get these tasks done first thing.  If not, ensure that you get those tasks done. If you can get others done in the process, that’s fine. Making sure that these non-negotiable tasks get done daily will keep you organized and will give you a feeling of accomplishment.

With a combination of these tips I can make sure that my days are structure and I’m being productive. Life happens and sometimes things may not go as planned. However, this can keep you from feeling overwhelmed and can lead you on a path to getting organized!

My Weekly Meal Plan

Raise your hand is you’re hungry all the time! That’s definitely me. I think it’s because of all the activity I do but I’m always up for a snack. When Jordan and I first got married, we used to buy in bulk and tried to get the cheapest grocery bill possible. Now, we still like to stay within a certain price range but we are eating better. Jordan and I are still working on proper portions but I’m glad with the process we’ve made.

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Accel In Motion

I consider myself extremely lucky to know some women who are killing it every day. They work in many different industries but I’m just inspired by what they do. One of them is Megan Eddings. I met this sweet lady though social media! She and her husband, Kyle, created Fitness In The Loop which is an informational hub for all things fitness in the Houston area. Continue reading Accel In Motion

Finding New Ways To Stay Active

If you’re following a workout routine for a long time, you may find yourself feeling bored or unmotivated. You may even think about giving up all together. The stress of keeping a workout regimen going can be too much if you don’t break it up and find new ways to stay active. Here’s a few ways to stay active without necessarily “working out”.

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Yard Work/House Work

Last week, I had to clean the carpets in my house and it was HARD. We have an indoor dog and she has access to all rooms of the house so you can guess that there’s hair EVERYWHERE. I also have thick hair so girls, I don’t have to tell you that there’s hair every where. We are blessed to have a house with big rooms so that means a whole lot of vacuuming. I broke into a sweat and my arms were sore by the time I was through.

I like to help my husband with the yard work and I’ll occasionally mow the lawn. We have a push mower so again, extra work! I will also cut down the brush and weeds we have growing in the backyard so I’ll take the machete to the them or the big clippers. All this is burning muscle and is definitely a workout!

All these go to show that you shouldn’t feel bad because you “missed a workout” to deep clean your house or your yard. It is work because you got active, increased your heart rate and you weren’t still! I wouldn’t make this a main source of exercise but if you are really scrubbing hard, I would give yourself a break.

Playing With Your Kids/Pets/Family

So I don’t have any children yet but when I volunteer with the Children’s Ministry at church, i would always need a nap when I got home. There was so many activities that required dancing and jumping that I definitely got a workout in. I also remember having a Wii in youth group and dancing with your kiddos is definitely a cardio workout!

My dog Snowflake is usually hot or cold. She can lay around and be fine snoozing all day or she’s sprinting around the house chasing us down. With a backyard, we are able to get outside with her and play chase with her. If we really get into it, we get a good sweat out of it too!

Basically, I’m trying to let you know that small things with a lot of energy can be a HUGE help for you. Playing with your kiddos or dog is good for both parties and it’s also a good bonding moment. If your kiddos are still in their strollers, taking them on a stroll is still good! It gets you out of the house and may even lead them to taking a nap. That’s good for everyone!

As for the older kids (or very competitive couples), playing a game of basketball or football after dinner or on the weekends is a great way to get moving. Again, it is a good bonding opportunity and you still break a sweat! There’s been evenings where a friendly game of tennis has turned into a sweat soaked workout!

When you’re starting to workout, it can seem like a major task when you’re trying to get a workout in. Now don’t get me wrong, these shouldn’t be ALL your activity but it’s a nice break from a rigid workout program.

What are some of your favorite ways to get active?

What non traditional “workout” really gets you sweating? 

How To Handle Low Motivation

What do you do when you have absolutely no motivation to workout? There’s some days where you can’t wait to go to sleep to wake up early and crush your workout. However, there’s some days where no amount of cute clothes and delicious breakfast are reason enough to get up early and get that workout in. Now I’m not talking about being “too sleepy” or “too tired”. I’m talking about just being flat out unmotivated and don’t really know why. Here’s a few of my tips on how to handle it.

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Keeping Sane During The Holidays!

Well, it’s already November y’all! I can’t even believe it. I try to stay as stress free as possible during this time but I know everyone can use tips on keeping sane during the holidays!

This is a time of year filled with holiday work parties and spending time with family! I am a meticulous planner so last minute changes or anything new can definitely bump up my stress level. While I do love seeing family and going out, it can cause some stress, albeit good stress.Holidays

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