I had the Mondayest morning ever yesterday walking into my living room, being very confused as to why Jordan was standing in a huge pile of sand. And then I saw the empty breadcrumb container a few feet away. These toddlers are quick I tell ya! They don’t miss an opportunity for mischief! But today is a new day and I think y’all are going to like today’s post! It’s Part 2 in collaboration with my favorite fitness brand, Zella at Nordstrom, and it’s all about how to kick butt and be productive every day! I LOVE writing these kinds of posts and sharing things like this, so please let me know if it resonates with you!
Part 1 shared what I eat in a day, and I wanted Part 2 to be about my exercise routine, then I realized, it’s not so important what exercise you do, just that you do something on a consistent basis. The number 1 reason people say they don’t exercise is that they don’t have time! I get it, but we have to make time and make it a priority if it’s important to us. So, this post will give you my 10 habits for a productive day so you can live life less stressed and fit in those workouts!!
1. Plan Your Week In Advance on Sunday Night
It’s really all about routines and habits. Every week I sit down with my weekly planner and map out the whole week ahead so I can visually see it at a glance. First I schedule any appointments, kid things, then block my workday, and finally schedule in my workouts once I see where I have that time period.
Right now, my goal is three group classes and then one day of just cardio. The group classes I do are high intensity classes and incorporate strength training as well. I like to do these classes at 6 AM to jump start my day and get the workouts over and done with right away so they are nagging at me all day. I’m home by 7:15 AM to help James finish getting ready for school and that’s about when Jordan is just waking up.
There’s a class on Saturday at 11AM that I like to go to, but it depends on my son’s sports schedule for that day. If he has a game at that time, I have to work around that because I’m not going to miss his game. Simply making an appointment in my calendar for working out helps keep me committed to it.
You might prefer working out at home to a video, orange theory, spin classes, running, or something like yoga or Pilates. To me, it really doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are getting your body moving several times a week for at least 30-45 minutes. It’s super important to include strength training though because that’s one of the best ways to stay strong and sculpt your body. Don’t worry about getting big muscles like a man, that would take extreme measures like lifting super heavy weight consistently and eating in insane amount of protein every day. For most of us, lifting weights will just help give you a more toned look.
2. Plan Your Day the Night Before
This next one is new for me for about the past month, but it’s highly effective! Every night before bed, I review what I got done that day and what I didn’t, and plan for the next day. I do this for work things, but also quickly review the calendar for my son’s schedule to make sure he’s got everything he needs for school and the sports schedule to make sure there’s a clean uniform, etc. If there’s a doctor appointment, for example, I make sure I have the insurance card handy. Returns are all packed in the car. You get the idea!
Looking at your day the night before and then preparing for it makes the next day run so much smoother!
P.S. my 12 year-old girl game is strong, hence my love of stickers, pens and paper! Use whatever helps planning more fun for you!
3. Wake Up Early or Earlier
If you find yourself struggling with not enough hours in the day, getting up at least 30 minutes earlier than normal will help keep that stress at bay. Even if you just have “you time” or do a Miracle Morning, you’ll start your day so much more ahead of the game as opposed to struggling to keep up!
There’s no sugar coating that it sucks bad in the moment if you’re not used to waking up earlier, but if you keep at it, your bedtime will get earlier and you will adjust to the new routine. I find that when I stay up late, I’m just vegging out and watching bad tv and it’s actually not all that relaxing. I don’t feel better the next day than if I had just gotten in bed and read and went to sleep sooner!
Sometimes biting the bullet and deciding to wake up early to work out is the only viable exercise option since many of you work full time and who wants to workout after work?! Or if you have kids with extra curricular activities, after work is out anyway. I know it’s hard to wake up at a time begins with a five, but once you are up and at ’em and have that workout over and done with you will feel amazing!Trust me! And once you get in the groove of waking up early, it won’t be so difficult. I have some tips to help you wake up early here.
It’s kind of hard to tell in the photo, but this athletic tee is lightweight and breathable with the cutest criss crosses at the front. Trust me, you will love these joggers! They are perfect for running around in too and ultra comfortable with a wide waistband and pockets. XXS is my perfect size in them.
4. Listen to Your Smart Self
This one comes in handy all the time, but especially if you’ve committed to waking up early and then when morning comes, you’re selfish self starts sabotaging you, saying, “just hit snooze” or “how about tomorrow?” #sneaky
Whenever those negative or self sabotaging thoughts get into your head, recognize it and remember what you’re smarter, “best self”, has planned for you. For example, when your alarm goes off at 5:30 and it’s time to work out and you inevitably hear that voice that says just go back to bed, remember that you’re smarter self wants you to get up, work out and be healthy and fit. Don’t sit there as an eves-dropper to that mental conversation in your head. Take action immediately.You’ll have to get over how you feel in the moment in exchange for how you want to live your life.And just trust that after you have completed your goal, you will feel so proud of yourself and that is priceless!
Top Fit: It runs a little large, I’m wearing XXS. I like a lightweight top to wear over my sports bra when it’s on the cool side out. This one is comfortably thin with a cute cutout in the back.
Shorts Fit: It runs TTS, I’m wearing XXS, but should have gotten an XS. These shorts are awesome for running and are lined with a tulip hem and comfortable, wide waistband. They’re also reflective if you run outside when it’s getting dark or the sun is just coming out.
Leggings Fit: It runs TTS, I’m wearing XS. These are my go-to leggings with a high waist and calf mesh panel. Nordstrom has been carrying these forever and I hope they never go out of stock! I like the crop length because I tend to get too hot in long leggings unless it’s really cold out! I couldn’t pass up this cheerful new color!
Sneakers Fit: TTS, I just got these so I have only worn them a few times, but so far so good! They are lightweight and ultra flexible, and designed to be worn with or without socks.
Sports Bra Fit: TTS with a good amount of support for low impact sports and has moisture wicking fabric. I like this bra for when I’m doing inclines on the treadmill and it’s also great for yoga. It’s actually called the Vinyasa Sports Bra. You gotta see the strappy back!
5. Lay Out Your Clothes the Night Before
How many times have you stared into a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear?! It happens to all of us! Look at the weather, then pick out your outfit, down to shoes and accessories!
This is critical not only for being healthy, but for saving time and not being frazzled each night when the inevitable question pops up, what’s for dinner?? It prevents you from having to stop and pick up something after work last minute and also from grabbing fast food! I meal plan every Saturday morning. The hardest part is just choosing the meals, but I made a recipe binder of our favorites and that’s helped a ton!
7. Wake Up to a Clean Kitchen
You might wonder how this will help you find more time to exercise but trust me it works! I have been doing this religiously without missing a night for the last few months and it’s been a total game changer.
If you wake up in the morning and there’s a sink full of dishes, you might be tempted to want to take care of that first thing instead of heading out to a work out. For me, waking up to a clean kitchen just sets my day off on the right foot! Every night after dinner I do three things: 1) put all the dishes in the dishwasher and run it if it’s full; 2) wipe down the sink and counters; 3) and vacuum the floors.
Doing these three things has also helped me keep the kitchen clean all day long and makes prepping dinner especially easy! I don’t have that wasted energy of “oh no, I have to clean the kitchen before I can even get started cooking.” It’s dreamy seriously!
8. Use a Timer to Stay on Task
With all that we have to get done in a day, I find it helps me stay on task and get work done more quickly when I use a timer. I have the Be Focused app on my computer and it’s set for 25 minutes, then a 5 minute break. I will work uninterrupted in those 25 minute increments and if something pops into my mind, just jot it down on a note pad next to me, but I won’t stop working or do anything else until the timer goes off. Then I do take a 5 minute break which is perfect for quickly switching gears to answer comments and respond to DMs and emails or make a quick call.
Having the timer also helps keep me going when I want to quit. Or, when I need to head back to my office at night to finish something. I say, “just give it 25 minutes” and that will give me the nudge to get it done.
9. Go to Bed Early
We need our beauty sleep ladies! Not just for aesthetics, but for sanity! If you’re running on empty, you need to recharge with a good night’s sleep. Especially if you’re waking up early. I’m in bed by 9, asleep by 10, when I wake up at 5:20.
You can see how much I love these leggings – I have them in several colors. And I swear by these no show socks. I wear them with all my athletic shoes, even my slip on sneakers! They stay put and keep their shape!
10. Mediate and/or Pray
Our lives are often so busy and we’re pulled in so many directions that it’s truly amazing to stop and realize that there’s a helping hand out there for us, just waiting to be called upon. When I start my day thinking, “I have so much to do today I don’t even know where to start” and that not smart voice wants to tell me, “you don’t have time to meditate or pray” is exactly when I know I need it the most. We ALL have 10 minutes to sit down and be still. You could try it now. I bet you’ll end up with a better sense of calm and focus after.
Which of these habits will you start incorporating today?? Let me know in the comments!