How was your weekend?!
Welcome, Monday. Not 🙂 Whether we welcome it or not, it’s here. After starting my career in marketing, it took me about 4-5 months to figure out a balance between social outings, exercise, home-cooked food, commute, studying holistic nutrition, and writing this blog. Below you’ll find all the tips and tricks that have helped me finally figure it out. A perfect post for a twenty-something trying to fit it all in.
Can we start off with having a relaxing / productive Sunday night? Yesterday before dinner, I lit candles, played music, and headed right for my yoga mat. I’m determined to practice and master the headstand. I know many people have mastered it already – as it’s all over Instagram, but I have a lot of fun challenging myself against myself. I’ll keep you posted once I get there!
Remember this post? Prepping for lunches, snacks, and dinners is key if eating home cooked food is important to you. As a twenty-something, there’s no better way to save money than bringing your own lunch and cooking dinner at home. If you’re the opposite of a morning person, try packing your lunch the night before. That way, all you’ll have to do is grab it and head out the door! As for dinner, if it’s half cooked/prepped and you only have 20 minutes of cooking to do, you’ll be much more likely to tackle the task instead of ordering takeout on your drive home.
Schedule or Plan for Exercise
Whether signing up for a gym class ahead of time so you know you won’t cancel, or penciling in that Monday, Wednesday, Friday are gym days while Tuesdays and Thursdays are home workouts – plan it. Hold yourself accountable. Eventually you’ll have a solid routine going. Your body will want to wake up for yoga and it will crave that body pump class after sitting at your desk all day. Sure, sometimes things happen – allow them to. Don’t miss every work outing, happy hour with your friends, or that special dinner date. Just be mindful! Only have one drink if you’ve planned on going to the gym at 6AM the next day. I do this all the time! Be accountable, mindful, flexible, and it will all work out.
Hang with Friends
Nothing gets me through the work week more than having a fun plan to look forward to! Last week I had friends come over to my apartment, which couldn’t be more ideal! Make a plan to cook dinner together, meet for dinner, watch the sunset, or have a drink. For me, having at least one fun plan really mixes up the week and makes my heart happy. I love studying holistic nutrition, but taking a night to do nothing but giggle away with a friend and a glass of vino is SO necessary!
Save Errands for Lunch Break or Weekends
Who likes errands? No one! Especially after work. 5 minutes into my post-work errand, I’m cranky, hungry and ready to go home! I started using my lunch break to run to the store, return clothes I didn’t like, or even fill up the gas tank. Taking a break and physically leaving work also gives me the chance to refresh and clear my head for an hour before entering a productive afternoon.
Those are the 4 keys to my weeks. There’s definitely spontaneity thrown in the mix and sometimes I have to be flexible. Overall sticking to a routine really helps me get by. It’s just how my brain works! I’m about 100% happy with my schedule now whereas a few months ago I felt like I had no time to myself! It’s all about planning. It may seem hard at first, but after a few days or weeks, I bet you’ll start to love it!
CHEERS to a balanced week!
- Who else is looking forward to a 3 day weekend next weekend?!
- What’s your #1 tip for staying balanced during the week?