How’s your week going? Recovering from Christmas all right? We’re having a blast out here in California with my parents and Gma. Thoroughly enjoying the weather and time to relax. I always find that I have a hard time relaxing at my own house mainly because there are 5,000 tasks I need to be doing instead of relaxing, so a trip or vacation to somewhere else always forces me to slow down and enjoy some down time…not complaining about it!
So let’s talk schedule, shall we? How in the world do I fit exercise, healthy eating, keeping a tiny human alive, and doing all the things that everyday life requires of me??
I’ve come to realize that there’s no way to do all the things every day and stills tay sane. It’s not possible, it’s not practical, and it’s not healthy. I’m very task oriented (hence, not being able to relax at home). So I live by my todo list every day and find value in all the things I get done, however, I was running myself into the ground to get everything done every day. I’d start out my day with motivation and determination to get everything on my todo list done and by the end of the day, maybe 70% of stuff was actually accomplished and there were 10 more items that got added to the list! Bah! that stressed me out so much and I was just running myself into the ground for what?! I realized that in order to get the things done that I genuinely needed to get done I had to prioritize. There are some non-negotiables and I needed to identify those and start my list with those.
A few of those non-negotiables are my quiet time (taking time to read my Bible and journal), spending quality time with Madeleine (meaning no work or phone during that time…other than to take all the pictures of course 😉), working out (duh!), and working on my business. These are things that I want to do every day to keep my sanity and stay grounded. If I miss one of these things, I feel more hectic and stressed. So I knew I needed to fit these things in every day.
So here’s how I do it…
First tip is to wake up early.
I’m not gonna lie, this is a pain. I’m not a morning person. I need a lot of sleep to stay sane and functional…and I’m not just saying that. If I don’t get enough sleep, I feel nauseous the next day and I immediately start feeling like I’m getting a cold. My eyes are burning, my face and throat hurt, it’s bad. So I need sleep and waking up early is the last thing I want to do. However, it allows me to cross a couple of those non-negotiable things of my list. If I get up early, I have time to get my quiet time in and journal as well as possible squeeze in some work time before Madeleine wakes up (currently writing this in the morning, after my quiet time and before she’s awake). I’m usually up between 630-7 (yes, I know that’s not super early, but I’m lucky with a toddler who sleeps in until 8/830). I basically do my quiet time and work until I hear M wake up.
2. Next thing is quality time with Madeleine.
This is so so important. She’s not going to be little and available forever. I want to soak up these young years, no matter how tough they may be. This means very little phone time and no work. I used to check email and respond to clients ‘real quick’ on my phone while she was eating breakfast or playing, but I was realizing that I was distracted from Madeleine by my phone and in turn, distracted from my work by Madeleine. I couldn’t whole-heartedly focus on either one well. I decided that when Madeleine is awake, there’s no work. Now, yes, occasionally there’s an exception if I have a deadline or something, but that rarely happens these days because I make work a priority during other times of the day so I can focus on my time with Madeleine. I still am productive during this time though. If I need to run errands, I do it with M in tow. Or if I need to clean the house, I’ll do it while she plays in the morning, or have her help me. She’s at a great age, where she enjoys helping me carry cleaning supplies up and down the stairs and likes being with me wherever I am, so it’s something we can do together. From the moment she wakes up until naptime (around 1 or 2), is my time with her.
3. I clean throughout the week instead of all at once.
I know a clean house wasn’t on my non-negotiable list, however, it’s still very important to me. I can’t focus in a messy environment. I like to house to be clean because it instantly relaxes me. My problem was always trying to fit the mass cleaning of the entire house into one day. It’s what I used to do pre-M…but it’s much harder to carve out that 2-3 hr chunk when you have a toddler and other activities going on. I do little things throughout the week so help the house stay clean and that way nothing is every super dirty (unless we’re doing a mini kitchen reno 🤦♀️….blog post about that coming soon).
My loose schedule….
Monday- clean floors (swiffer wood and vacuum carpet…takes maybe 20 min)
Tuesday- clean Gordon’s (the cat) area downstairs (sweep, refill water and food bowls, empty box….15-20 min)
Wednesday- clean bathrooms (clean toilets, wipe down countertops, clean mirrors, clean floors…20-25 min)
Thursday- dust (quick wipe down of tables, chairs, end tables, etc….10-15 min)
Friday- swiffer wood again (it gets messy quickly)
I take the weekends off except for laundry and cleaning showers/tubs every other week.
This schedule helps me be able to keep the house clean so I can maintain my sanity, but not take hours to do it each day. Now, I certainly don’t get to all these things all the time, but the days I make it a priority, my brain explodes a little less.
4. I make naptime COUNT
The second Madeleine goes down for naptime, I get my workout in. Some days, if we have time, I’ll workout while she plays in the basement, but I don’t always love that because it usually equals more interruptions. If I haven’t gotten it done mid-morning, I’ll do my workout during naptime. That usually takes about an hr of naptime, followed by about 30 min to shower and get re-ready. After that, I sit down to work. I batch my work so I do specific things, on specific days. Monday & Tuesday, I do content creation…that means planning instagram posts, filming workouts if needed, planning blog posts, etc. I can knock out a bunch of content by doing it all at once and focusing only on that. Multi-tasking leads to split focus and getting less done. Wednesdays are blog writing days, so I can at least get rough drafts of a few blog posts going. Thursdays and Fridays are programming days. These are the days I have check-in calls with clients, write their programs, and do a little continuing education if I have time. My focus is on point during these times. Again, multi-tasking leads to starting a bunch of things and not finishing them, so I try to focus on one thing at a time.
5. I start dinner around 5.
You all know I love meal planning and use Plan to Eat every single week (click that link to try it FREE for 30 days!). It’s been such a great tool to streamline meal planning and grocery shopping. This means I know exactly what I’m making for dinner before I have to get M up each day. Some days I’ll start dinner in the instant pot or prep a few things, before I get Madeleine up from her nap. Then I get her up and sometimes she helps me get dinner going around 5/530, sometimes she plays, sometimes she watches Sesame Street. Either way, usually dinner gets onto the table around 6/630.
6. Yes, I work after dinner/bedtime
And by work, I mean, get anything done I didn’t get to but wanted to during the day OR study my continuing education courses. Currently, going through the ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist cert and it’s bulky! So much information, it’s taking me quite a while to get through all the material, so that’s been taking up my evenings lately.
Yes, there are days I don’t get to cleaning the house task that day. Or I miss a day of writing blog posts…but for the most part, I stick to this schedule and it helps me get what I need to get done, done. The days are long but full of life and usually at the end of the day I make a ‘to done’ list of everything I got done, and that helps me see that I was productive (I especially need that list on days when I feel I’ve gotten nothing done). I hope this gives you an idea of how I try to get it all in, and shows you that I really don’t haha.
Have a great week!