When I have a long to-do list, I set the timer for 30 minutes and work at full speed for that time. When the timer dings, I set it for 15 - 30 minutes and spend that time sparking, reading, or doing something for ME. I get all my chores done but don't feel like I've work4ed all day.
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My kids are young but whenever I can get them to help out I do...even if it means that it will take me longer or it won't be done perfectly. My kids are 4 years and 18 months. They help with the dishes, so while I empty the dishwasher of its plates and glasses, after removing the sharp knives, they will put away the spoons, forks and other utensils. I let my 4 year old daughter put face clothes in a stack, or put away underwear. Whenever they can help out they just love it and participate.
You need kids and some chores... :))
I do a short burst of light cardio to wake myself up in the morning , a few sun salutations when I'm stressed, a walk with my dog when I need some quiet time, and yoga to help my insomnia. Exercise is now inevitable part of my routine.
Using this technique, being an active person is a part of my lifestyle that no longer feels like chore.
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