When I started to be serious about exercise, I bought an iPod to have music to stay on pace. The vendor had an engraving option so I chose the message: "It's time to start thinking about yourself." Now, my workout time is my "me" time. It's how I chill mentally and de-stress by focusing on a physical activity that is good for ME. When daily demands start getting cumbersome and my workout routine starts slipping, I have the engraved message as a reminder that it's okay to think about me first.
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After baby #2 came along, it seemed I was always flustered and running late. I realized my day planning needed a reality check!
The solution? For 2 weeks I timed routine activities whenever possible. For example, I tracked: -The average time of morning and evening commute -Average time per night to bathe kids -Average time to dress kids -Average time to cook dinner -Average time to clean up each night -Average time per grocery trip (still tracking)
Time it down to the minute and log it in Excel, then average it over time. The time you spend doing this will pay off big in your ability to better plan your day and week. Its also an eye-opener to see where you could scale back.
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