Create a Realistic To-Do List

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We all have a lot we need to do each day. And, if you’re anything like me, you probably have a whole lot more that you want to do in each day, too.

I was just telling my husband yesterday that I have so much that I want to do that it’s a problem. I have a list of new skills I want to learn, things I want to teach my children, place I’d love to visit, subjects I want to research in-depth, projects I want to attempt,  books I hope to read, character I want to work on… there are so many, many good things in life to choose from that putting together a daily to-do list can seem daunting.

Our time is limited and our energy as well. Thus, we have to pick and choose the best from among the good. And we have to realize that what might be the best for others will not necessarily be the best for us. So those are my plans.

  1. Morning workout

By exercising in the morning you will find that your energy levels much higher throughout the day. It is very difficult to motivate yourself to exercise in the evening, especially if you have had a busy, stressful day at work. Your instinct will be to collapse on the sofa. And sadly that horizontal position is usually accompanied by food or drink that isn’t ideal for your health. By working out in the morning I have more energy throughout the day, I sleep better and I am more productive.

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2.  Start my day with healthy breakfast

Breakfast jump starts the metabolism and allows your body to burn more calories throughout the day than if you were to skip. When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish it. If your body doesn’t get that fuel from food, you may feel zapped of energy — and you’ll be more likely to overeat later in the day. Usually I prefer for breakfast something really simple as cottage cheese with  homemade granola, Turkish or Greek yogurt, fresh berries, homemade jam, homemade crackers (or pre-purchased), avocado on toast or eggs. Sometimes  I  skip the a.m. meal because I am  rushing to get out the door. That’s a mistake. And I need to change it. So note for myself – plan in advance and shop in advance.

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3. Get smoothie during the day

Whether it’s mid-morning or mid-afternoon, satisfying a hunger urge with a smoothie is always a smart move. Smoothies that are smaller in size and/or lower in calories here (between 200-300 calories) are ideal, and since deficiencies in minerals and amino acids are the source of many hunger cravings, it’s a good time to whip them into your blend. I prefer creamy smoothies.

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4. Training Plan

When you have kids and big family it is quite easy to forget what you were doing last week in the gym. That’s why I love training diary. Honestly, it is much more fun to have a plan to deal with. Although, in the past it was not my habit. I always loved to take training on the fly. Now, being a mother I need to have a plan, so I write it and finish it.

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5. Use a heart monitor.

Using a heart rate monitor will improve your running more quickly than simply relying on how you feel—if you know how to use it. Employed properly, a heart rate monitor is like having a coach along for every workout. It will help ensure that you train at an appropriate intensity—neither too hard nor too easy. I have one but I do not use it every time. So now my plan is to start using it.

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6. Drink plenty of water.

Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

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7. Wake up early and go to bed early as well.

This is really essential for me and I am keep doing better and better.

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8. Single tasking

I have no illusion that I will be able to fully single-task my way through the day, nor do I want to. But I would like to focus on a few key areas:

/ Driving. When my kids are in the car, I will end up talking while driving. But when they’re not in the car, I’d like to experiment with driving in silence—no public radio, no music to distract me and of course no phones.

/ Eating. Just sitting and eating. Research has found that distracted eating (especially in front of the TV!) is related to poorer nutritional choices and weight gain, and that mindful eating leads to just the opposite—healthier eating, weight loss, and increased enjoyment of your meal.

/ Playing with My Kids. The truth is that I’ve gotten much better at single-tasking with my kids recently, but it’s a process. I have noticed that we have significantly fewer tantrums and a lot more fun when I can devote my full attention to them. It’s not always possible, but I’d like to make it a priority for at least part of the day, everyday.

9.  TO – DO List

I hope that simple todo list will help you do more and stress less. Have to work on it.

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10. Defeat distractions

I will block distracting apps and web sites. I will silence all notifications on my phone and computer.  I will break down my tasks and finally I will schedule my day in advance.

 

So here you have it! My list. Now I’m excited to implement it;-)

 

 

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