Staying Focused in a Busy World

by Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Stop and think about this for a minute, how many times a week do you wish that you had more hours in a day? I feel like I’ve just been on a tailspin for the last 2 weeks straight.  We are undergoing a bathroom remodel so my husband has been diligently working to the bone, the kids are insane because we just can’t seem to come up on warm weather and they NEED to get outside, and on top of everything I’m getting Lasik tomorrow.  I’m trying to get everything with my business lined up in case I’m down for the count for a few days and we just started week 5 of the PiYo Test group. So I’m often question about staying focused in a busy world.  Life will always throw us a curve ball from time to time right? But it’s up to ourselves to keep focused and on track.

?????Tips to Keeping Daily Life on Track

One of the biggest things that helps me to stay focused with my business, home life, kids, and everything else that we have going on is to create to do lists.  Once a week, generally on Sundays, I take about 20 minutes to do a full brainstorm of all of the things that I need to do for the week.  This includes my daily business tasks, business appointments, family appointments, family schedules & activities, reminders I need to take care of, and anything else that I can think of off the top of my head.  Laying down this brainstorm on paper lets me see everything that I need to take care of for the week.  From there I can create a pretty basic line up of the things that need to happen on specific days.  Most of the things within my business and our family schedules are things that happen the same time each day of the week which makes that portion very simple to plan out for the entire week.  Then each night before I go to bed I review the next day’s list and write down anything else that has come up that I need to take care of the next day.  Now, let me add, when I say “I need to do” I really mean the things that MUST be completed the next day.  If there is something that I would like to do, but it’s not absolutely necessary that it gets done that next day, I put it at the bottom of the list and if it gets done great, if not, I move it to the next day.  I am a total pen to paper person when it comes to my to do list, I need to visually see myself take a different color pen and scratch off each item as it goes.  I use the Erin Condren Life Planner to keep track of my daily things and break them up during the day. I highly recommend this planner! The important appointments and reminders get transferred from my paper to my iPhone with alerts so I don’t forget.  Feel free to keep track of your to do list on your smartphone at any time or pen to paper, whatever will help YOU to keep track the best.

Tips to Sticking to a Workout & Nutrition Schedule

I will be the first to admit that I am not always the best at staying on track with my workout schedule.  I generally get crazy workout ADD so I tend to fall off of a program schedule after a few weeks and jump into something else.  Being a part of the PiYo test group has totally opened up my mind to a daily workout schedule and sticking to it.  Do I have days that I don’t feel like working out? Of course I do! I am human after all, I swear! Since starting the test group I have taken my daily schedule and written at the bottom of each day in my Life Planner.  I have no excuse of not knowing what’s on the schedule for the next day because remember, I review my to do list every night before I go to bed.

You might be thinking, great so you write it down, but how do you actually DO it when you’re so busy? Well, that’s a great question, I just DO photo 2 (1)IT.  I have written on my daily do to list “work out” first thing before I start any business or anything else each day.  Before I take my kids to school I change into my workout attire (which is one of the most motivating things that I can do, because I like to match and make it cute even if I’m working out in the house) and as soon as I walk in the door from dropping them off I push play on my workout and get it out of the way.  Doing it before anything else on my list has left me feeling great throughout the day.  There have been a few days where I have had early morning appointments and then I just put it off and put it off and all of a sudden I realize it’s 9:00 at night and I have to get my workout done.  I do NOT recommend this whatsoever, because it makes it VERY simple to say “it’s ok if I miss a day.”, which I’ve done MANY times throughout my fitness journey.  I have never been a morning workout person, but I have to say it’s been the absolute best thing that I can do for myself for my fitness, my health, and my own sanity.

Nutrition is tricky because you may have seen my previous Meal Plan Monday posts, yet I’m not always perfect as you may see there aren’t many posts with this title.  I really try to make sure that on Sunday nights or Monday mornings I get my meal plan set and I do this just like a to do list as well. If I can create that meal plan in the morning on a Monday, grocery shop after picking up my daughter from school, I know exactly what we’re eating throughout the week and I don’t have to waste the extra time with small trips to the grocery store or end up running out to eat in a restaurant (which is hard on my nutrition guidelines and gets expensive with a family of 4).  So treat your meal planning just like a to do list! Once your plan is set you can create your grocery list to ONLY add the things that you really need, so you’re also saving money, win-win in my book!

It’s Not Always Going to be Perfect

Again, I’m not human, so does this always work out perfectly? Of course not.  Life changes, appointments change, kids get sick, we get busy.  But, if you can take even a few of these tips and apply them to your daily life, I promise it will help you with Staying Focused in a Busy World.

QOD: What is something that you would do for yourself if you planned out 30 minutes in your day for?