Most of you that know me well, know I am EXTREMELY organized. Now, I am not saying that in-order to organize your life, you have to color coordinate your closet. It goes way beyond what you think. I’ve learned throughout my life some simple tricks and tips that can get you more organized, less stressed and have time to enjoy your life. Read on for ways to organize your lifestyle.
Organize Your Weekly Dinner Plans by Sunday Meal Prep:
Write down a list of the food that you need to purchase BEFORE going to the grocery store. Try to organize them by type. Such as “vegetables, protein, dairy, misc.” - this will keep you from wandering around the store and buying unnecessary items.
Do NOT stray from your list. Eating healthy? Try to only shop around the outskirts of the grocery store. That’s where all the healthy foods are displayed. Processed foods and unhealthy snacks are typically located up and down the aisles.
Meal Prep on Sunday - cook once, eat all week long! Go to the dollar store and invest in some plastic containers. Or – if you hoard Chinese Food plastic containers, those will work too.
You can easily cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner all on Sundays. Make sure when you food shop, you purchase enough food to last for the whole week. Such as- if you are going to be eating grilled chicken every day at a 4oz. serving, you’ll need to make sure you purchase about 2 lbs. of chicken.
Meal Prep helps control portion size. It’s important to take the time to measure and weigh your portions. If you don’t have a scale, try to remember that 1 serving of protein should be about the size of your fist. Veggies? It’s OK to have more than enough. Remember portion control is key!
Sometimes we don’t have time to meal prep. That’s OK! Get creative. Make your lunch or dinner in bulk. What you have for dinner one night, (such as grilled chicken with a side of roasted veggies) can be lunch the next day. Chop up the leftover chicken, toss them and the veggies in a bowl, throw in some spinach, lettuce or kale, add in some lemon vinaigrette and BOOM you have a healthy and nutritious lunch!
Make an Exercise Plan for the Week:
Accountability is key! Sometimes it helps to have a friend to workout with. That way you can both motivate each other if you don’t feel like going to the gym.
Sign up for classes in advance to keep you on track. Put your scheduled classes in your phone or on a calendar so you’ll get a constant reminder of your workout schedule.
Try taking a Yoga, Barre or Pilates class – it’s important to relax the mind while toning your muscles
Signup for a HIIT class – these high-intensity workouts are an efficient form of exercise that builds metabolism and BURNS fat fast!
Most importantly, make the time for your health! We are all busy, juggling multiple tasks and sometimes more than one job. It’s important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. If you find that you can’t get to the gym, try doing a workout at home. There are THOUSANDS of videos online and on-demand. Walk during your lunch break. Do anything to just move! These little changes will not only help you feel better, you’ll also feel more organized by accomplishing this.
Write it down!
Life can get hectic! I know if I don’t write it down, I can easily forget. And sometimes if I don’t check my phone, I also can forget.
Go and get yourself a planner! They are cute, light, and easy to toss into your bag. Some of my faves come from https://www.anthropologie.com/search?q=planners
There are also great apps on your phone other than your calendar. I like the app Wunderlist. It’s a TO DO list that I can use on both my phone and my laptop. I can easily set reminders and even have recurring tasks. Plus it feels great to check off the work I’ve completed.
Being organized will help make your life a little easier. Once you start to get on a routine of simplicity and organization, you’ll start to enjoy the benefits of more quality time with friends and family.
Have some organization tips? I’d love to hear them! Share below.