Lately, I have been feeling that I don’t have enough time to do all the things I need to do. Since I started to work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., my schedule is upside down and I’m not being as productive as I used to be. The four essential things in my life are work, exercise, my personal project, and the people I love. Every single one of them is necessary to go to bed with a smile from cheek to cheek.
Balance was a part of my daily life, but now I have days in which I only go to work, others in which I exercise, and others in which I spend most of the night awake working on my content, trying to provide helpful and entertaining posts for you.
I have come to the conclusion that I’m not being organized and realized that I spent more time thinking about the things that I needed to do than actually doing them. I imagine that I’m not the only one struggling with time management issues.
It’s the 21st century, no day has enough hours! As a result, I changed my monotonous mornings for a brand-new productive routine.
STEP 1: Rise and shine, gorgeous
I wake up at 6 a.m., brush my teeth, wash my face, and run to the kitchen. Are you thinking the same as me? COFFEE! Mornings cannot start on the right foot without coffee. That’s a fact! Since I’m training in the mornings, I only eat a banana with almond butter, and after my workout, I prepare a big nutritious and delicious breakfast. Bananas are great as pre-workout. They fuel you with energy and don’t give you a feeling of heaviness in the stomach.
STEP 2: Time to get serious
As I mentioned before, exercise is a MUST in my life. My day is not complete until I workout. It makes me feel relaxed and full of energy to keep up with my day. What I usually do now is either train at my house’s gym or go to a spinning class. If I train at home, I do weight lifting. Depending on the day, I will train legs, triceps, biceps, abs, shoulders or back. I firmly believe that all muscles should be trained – yes, ladies. You heard well. At the end of the day, we use every single one of our muscles, and we must strengthen them.
On the other hand, if I decide to go to spinning, the dynamic changes. Spinning classes focus on burning fat and are a great way to do cardio. For me, it’s really hard to spend 45 mins on the same machine doing the same thing, even if I’m listening to my favorite playlist. That’s why I try to take classes that motivate me to keep going and finish my 45-50 mins of cardio. Since I need to take a shower and go to work after my training session, I only train for 45 mins.
STEP 3: Breakfast is served
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I truly enjoy cooking it and devouring it, especially after an intense workout. I tend to have arepas for breakfast at least three times a week, not only because they are delicious, but also because they are a time-saving option. What I do to save time is preparing the arepa’s mix (corn meal, ground flax seed, and roasted plantain or butter squash) during the weekend. These aren’t the original arepas, but I like to personalize them by mixing different flavors and adding fiber. I make approximately 20-30 arepas, I pre-cook them, and then I wrap them with plastic wrap. Now, I only need to take one, put it in the oven…and ta-ta! Breakfast is served and ready to eat.
Then, I take the half hour that I have left and organize my day. I scratch the things that I’ve already done, I highlight the urgent ones that I haven’t done yet, and lastly, I add the ones that I’m planning to do. In that way, I can look at the whole picture — past, present, and future.
My recommendation here is to think clearly. Clarity is the new clever. Even if you don’t have everything figure out – current status – you will take things out of your way by only knowing what to do with a few.
STEP 4: Playing dress-up!
I used to spend HOURS in front of my closet deciding what or what not to wear. Guess what? That CANNOT happen! Those are 20 mins, 50 mins, completely wasted! Now, I select my outfit the night before, and I leave everything ready for the next day — lesson learned.
I try to keep my makeup pretty simple. Some blush and highlighter on my cheeks, mascara, and a little color on my lips. That’s it! Looks professional and is not overwhelming.
This routine takes approximately 1 hour and a half, but I get to do everything I need to have a wonderful day. After work, I can have dinner with my boyfriend, or pamper myself and get my nails done, or simply keep working on my passion and plan my next move.
I highly recommend having a productive routine that keeps you focus and on time.
Here are 5 tips to start creating your own routine
- Get as much as sleep as you can. Try to sleep at least 8 hours.
- Go to bed early. In that way, you can take advantage of your mornings and have things ready sooner.
- Develop a routine that meets your necessities. What’s important for you? What are you trying to achieve? Write down what you need to do and then organize it.
- Set up alarms in order to control the time you spend on each task. After a while, this won’t be necessary. You will get used to following your routine.
- Plan! Plan ahead your routine, not the minute after you wake up. In that way, you will be able to do it in zombie mode if necessary. That’s the best part of having a routine!
Let me know how it goes!