We are half way into January and I have already forgotten my extensive list of new year’s resolutions. Between being a single mother, running my own business and trying to find time to have a personal life I guess I totally forgot that I wanted to clean out my kitchen cupboards and start eating more pomegranates. Then I realized that 2015 did not in fact include 5 more hours in the day. I am going to have to make a conscious effort to find time, or make time rather, to do the things I want to.
There have been several studies done that show children benefit from routine and a proper sleep schedule. I don’t think we out grow that need when we become adults. As adults we are somehow forced into a more unstructured lifestyle because we are now caring for more precious lives than just our own. It is so important that we make time to be healthy and centered individuals not just for ourselves, but for the little ones that are watching and emulating our every move. As I mentioned already, there are still only 24 hours in a day. So, “How?” you ask. Here are some practical goals you can set for yourself to not just check off a list of resolutions but to maintain a more productive lifestyle.
1. Organize Your Time
In this day and age, everyone has a smart phone with a calendar or app that can map out our day and even alert us of when our next appointment is. Awesome, use it! But, there is something about actually writing down your daily activities the old fashioned way…in a planner. When my 2nd grader is studying for her spelling test, I have her write each word 5x’s and say it as she writes it. It is rare that she doesn’t get a 100% because she has literally embedded the words into her memory. If you write down your schedule and are able to see it on paper it is easier to accept what is reasonable for you to do. You will be able to say no when you need to and wont be frantically running around from activity to activity.
2. De-clutter Your Living Space
It is almost impossible to de-stress and relax when you come home to a mess. I might add that if you work from home it is as unlikely that you will be productive as you will anxiety-free. Set aside one day a week to tidy up and clean. If you stick with it, you wont have to spend an entire weekend deep cleaning. Include your kids as it will teach them the importance of tidiness and instill responsibility. If you have the extra funds for a housekeeper or a Feng Shui expert that would certainly take away some of the stress and give a little extra time to spend accomplishing other things like spending time with your family.
3. Take Care of Your Body
Remember to keep your emotional and spiritual body as healthy as your physical one. We carry stress, anxiety and pain inside our bodies and it directly affects our physical ones. Like wise if we are not taking care of our physical vessels we often feel tired and unmotivated. Keeping a healthy diet, regular exercise, meditation/prayer, proper sleep, pampering yourself and a supportive group of friends are just a few ways to maintain joy and fulfillment in our life. Remember, this is your life and it is up to you how you will live it. Let’s not forget the wise words of Albus Dumbledore, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we really are, far more than our abilities.”
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