Time. It's something that we need so much of but oftentimes feel we have so little of. It flies by when you need it to slow down and drags out when you wish it would speed up. We all have the same amount of hours in a day but what we do with them is how we differ most. With deadlines up to my eyeballs this week, all I can think of is how can I get more time? More time for me? More time for work? The truth is, I can't. But I can maximize my time to get things done faster and find more time for me. With that said, it's inspired me to write this post on little hacks to improve some part of your life in 20 minutes or less.
Make a life improvement in just 20 minutes or less by...
...doing a few yoga poses. Sitting at a desk all day leaves me with terrible back pain on top of the lifelong back issues I already have. Taking just 15 minutes each day in the afternoon to do some simple yoga poses really makes a difference. I'm able to focus better which helps me get more work done. Do a few poses to open up your pelvis, loosen your hip flexors and relax the tension in your back. Child's pose is my best friend.
...making a prioritized to-do list. To-do lists are great but they mean nothing if they're not organized. Having too much will overwhelm you, having too little won't motivate you enough. Take ten minutes, create a top three and jot down a few other tasks you'd like to get done but aren't as immediate. First come, first serve. Work down the line taking a five minute break between tasks to refresh.
...preparing healthy snacks. It doesn't take long to cut up some fruit and veggies. If you have healthy snacks ready to grab and munch in the fridge, you're less likely to eat the bad stuff.
...unplugging before bed. Studies show that people who shut off all electronics before bed take less time to fall asleep than others. Something about the light in devices stimulating our brains. 20 minutes before you go to sleep, turn off everything. Read a book, do a crossword puzzle, listen to soothing music. Let yourself naturally wind down without distractions.
...meal planning. Setting a schedule of what you're going to eat each week and creating a grocery list will help prevent you from mindless snacking simply because you won't have that stuff in the house. Meal planning also keeps you in control of what you're eating rather than just grabbing whatever looks good in the pantry. The more we control what goes inside our bodies, the better we tend to feel.
...scheduling your workouts. Scheduling in your calendar helps keep you committed to actually work out rather than winging it. Look and see what classes are available at what times. Commit yourself to them.
...laughing. Laughing really is good for the soul. It instantly lifts our spirits and puts us in a better mood. If you're not into forced laughter, go look up a clip from one of your favorite movies or just watch Ellen scare people on her show. That always does it for me. The montages are great pick-me-ups when you need a kick in the butt.
Do you have any quick hacks for improving a part of your life?